FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages are invited to celebrate their Texas heritage in this rollicking concert of Western favorites, Saturday, March 21, at 2 pm. The orchestra is also going “on the trail” for this performance, to be held at the Graeber Auditorium at B.F. Terry High School, 5500 Avenue North, in Rosenberg.
From movie themes to classical concertos, the stories of the Old West loom large for composers. Throughout the program, children will be encouraged to participate, learning about the ways that music highlights a story. It brings it to life, sets the mood, and paints pictures in the mind.
Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, comments, "There is no better way to teach children about the power of music than to show them how music tells stories. FBSO will be playing music about some of the most iconic American legends and helping kids to use their imaginations to understand and connect with classical music."
The lively program includes some of the best-loved compositions about the American West: the famous Hoe-Down from Copland’s iconic Rodeo, the movie theme from The Magnificent Seven, and The Ballade of Davy Crockett, chronicling one of Texas’ most beloved bigger-than-life heroes. Children will love the familiar folk songs in Farm Yard Frolic, featuring Chicken Reel, Home on the Range, Camptown Races, Oh Susannah, Pop! Goes the Weasel and She’ll Be Comn/ Round the Mountain. It’s definitely an audience-participation concert, as kids learn to be orchestra conductors in the Western Fanfare.
All this and more will keep the rodeo spirit alive and well for your family this March! 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.