FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Return with us to the glory days of yesteryear, when families gathered ‘round the golden glow of the radio, and music filled the air! The Fort Bend Symphony concludes its regular season with a live “radio broadcast” concert, silent auction and the bouncy fun of the Benefit Betties in Fabulous 40’s. The family-friendly event is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in the Stafford Centre.
Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s new music director, is excited about the season finale performance. “The Fabulous 40's concert is going to be a blast! Formatted like a radio show, we will have a snapshot of tunes from the era, including hits from the movies, Broadway, and beyond!”
Highlights of the FBSO’s performance will include the William Tell Overture (better known as the theme from The Lone Ranger) and selections from Finian’s Rainbow and The Wizard of Oz. Fantasia fans will thrill to Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda). The war years are remembered with the theme from Victory at Sea. And no 1940’s radio broadcast is complete without a selection of old-time radio jingles! 1940’s bounce and authenticity will be provided by the Benefit Betties, a fun and creative Houston charity group dedicated to supporting our service men and women overseas.
The concert will also feature a performance by the winner of the HMTA Concerto Competition’s Junior Division winner, Frank Li. He will perform the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.
Before the concert and at intermission, concertgoers will have an opportunity to bid on items in FBSO’s very popular annual Silent Auction, with a wide array of tempting selections from local businesses, including four round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets (a $1600 value). FBSO will also live-auction a conductor’s baton, with a chance to conduct the FBSO in performance next season!
Tickets begin at $12 for adults. There’s no charge for children 12 and under when they’re accompanied by an adult. Discounts are available for students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at www.fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642.
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, ranging in ages from high school students to senior adults. 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 local musicians through sponsorship of an annual Concerto Competition and opportunities to perform with the Orchestra.