The concert will feature a special emphasis on youth. Guest soloist for the program is cellist Russell Houston, Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Juanita Miller Competition. The Dallas native, who began his cello studies at age 10, is currently a freshman at Northwestern University. In 2012 Houston became the first cellist to win the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition. He performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in January of this year, a performance that will be broadcast on the popular public radio series From the Top.
Houston’s appearance with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra is part of his award package from the Juanita Miller Competition.
The East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents “The French Connection,” Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. at the UT Tyler Cowan Center. Tickets start at $10 and are available by calling 903-566-7424 or online at www.etso.org.
In addition to the concert, the public is invited to attend Noon Notes, a special concert preview with Richard Lee and Russell Houston on Friday, March 8, at 12 p.m. at Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler. This free program features a casual conversation with the conductor and soloist and insights into the music that will be performed on Saturday.
Also, on Saturday, March 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to attend the ETSO Open Rehearsal.
Attendees get a glimpse into the orchestra’s preparations for the evening concert. ETSO recommends this as a prime opportunity for parents with young children, who may be too young for the full concert experience, to introduce them to the orchestra.
Tickets are not required.