FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Popular music by famous American composers George Gershwin and Aaron Copland awaits concertgoers as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra raises the curtain on its 22nd season on Sunday, Oct. 20. The 2 p.m. concert at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, also features the talented student winners from the 2013 Houston Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition.
American Showcase I includes Copland’s Down a Country Lane, a composition originally commissioned and published by Life magazine to offer piano students quality music. It has since been transcribed for orchestra. Also on the program is Morton Gould’s Revival: Fantasy on Six Spirituals.
Besides the music of these late composers, FBSO will perform works from living American composers. Savannah River Holiday by Dr. Ron Nelson contrasts the power and serenity of this major river. Also featured are works by Dr. Robert Nelson of Houston and Dr. Monte Keene Pishny-Floyd of Saskatchewan, Canada.
“People often think of the Fourth of July when it comes to American music,” said FBSO Music Director Dr. Héctor Agüero. “American Showcase I, as well as our American Showcase II concert in May, feature works from America’s contribution to the standard body of musical literature.”
Tickets for American Showcase I are available at fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642. Reserved seats for adults are $12 to $30 with discounts for students, adults 55 and over, military and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult, but need a reserved ticket.
Dr. Héctor Agüero, who is beginning his sixth season as music director of the Fort Bend Symphony, gets in the spirit as he prepares the orchestra for a showcase of American music on October 20.
About the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO), founded in 1992, enriches the lives of Fort Bend residents and surrounding areas with live symphonic music presented by its volunteer members. The full-size orchestra, complete with brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion, represents an abundant cross-section of local talent, most of whom reside in the Fort Bend area. FBSO also fosters student musicians through sponsorship of an annual Young Artist Concerto Competition that includes a cash prize for the winner and the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra.