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Symphony of Southeast Texas
ig band sound to kick off concert season
I---— ■hhi i warn
st Texas will round oat the concert with
Uhel Prelude and Fugue from ‘‘Spitfire* by
Walton, and Kodaiy’s “Hary Janos Suite.*
OK Edvard An ton,sen opens on Feb. 20 with an
excitsK concert of Wagner's Prelude to “Die
MeistjOTinger,” Apatunian’s “Trumpet Concer-
to^” and Brahms' Symphony No. 1, Op. 68, in C
Among the offeritjgs|of the Symphony of es to be a great tribut^^^rea^rtisHiUh^ity
Texas for its 1996-97 season lineup will where he wap^Lrcd, Wittry said,
the romantic 1940s sound of Harry James and Hailed as ^Alfcerica’s first lady of piano,” Ruth
virtuosity and fire of the Los Angeles String Laredo will join the Symphony of Southeast
Texas for the:i^^^n,concert of the season on Oct.
The five concert season, under the direction of 24. In addition to ^ng sk leading soloist with
Diane Wittry will take place at the major orchestras, Laredo balk also established her|
Rogers Theater in downtown Beaumont on reputation worldwide a recitalist, chamber ^MinoraBj
’ay evenings beginning at 8 p.ra. musician and recording wtisfe Laredo will per- The symphony concludes its 44th sgason with
Tribute to Harry James* wifi launch the form Schumann’s Piano IC^c&to, Op. 54, in A the Lof Angeles Guitar Quartet onf April liUfhe]
on Sept. 26. This concert Is a nostalgic Minor with the symphony and Will complete the concert will include a performance of “P^hhta” by I
; featuring all the great instrumental and program with a performance of Debussy’s Rodrigpez, “‘Concerto Andaluz”by Rodrigo andj
> of this most famons trumpeter of the big “Nocturnes” and Joan Tower’s “Island Rachmaninoffs Symphonic Dances, Op?45.
band Ora. Rhythms.” Seasfi tickets for symphony heaso»apge frutjir
Fearing renowned virtuoso trumpeter Gary Violinist Stephanie Chase will igt^ce the stage $30 to $80 for the five-concert season. Season th&-
Guthn^E and vocalist Iffip Donovan, audi- of die Julie Rogers Theater on Jan. 23, perform- ets for students are also available |for $15 tjd$80>
ences will enjoy listening to such hits as “Sleepy mg Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Opk61, in D Any unsold seats will be avIilableTor stunts at
Lagooii’? “I hem,” “Flight nr the Bumblebee,” Major. Chase is acclaimed Worldwide for perfor- $5 each at the Julie Rogers box office theiSight oW
I^^Pdodc Jump,” and James’most famous mances praised for their technical brililanee. tonal the performance. For more ticket information J
bu.” This promts* beauty and compelling artistry. The Symphony of call 409-835-7100. '
> Love V
Dianne M. Wittry, music director
and conductor of the Symphony of
Southeast Texas, has received the
American Symphony Orchestra
League’s Helen M. Thompson
Award for promising young orches-
tra managers and conductors who
have made outstanding achieve-
ments in the field.
The $1,500 award was presented
to Wittry at the annual meeting at
the league’s national conference in
“We are thrilled that Beaumont
is getting national and even national
exposure through Diane’s accom-
plishments,” said Michael Wolf,
president of the symphony. “The
SOST’s stature is certainly higher in
the orchestra community because of
this prestigious award.”
Wittry has been music director
and conductor of the Symphony of
Southeast Texas since the fall of
1991. During her tenure, the orches-
tra’s artistic growth has helped to
develop long-term funding sources.
These have been used for educa-
tional purposes to reach more than
10,000 students each year through
In addition to the Symphony of
Southeast Texas, Wittry has been
music director and conductor of the
Allentown Symphony Orchestra in
Pennsylvania since the spring of
1995. Previously Wittry had been
assistant conductor and conductor -
of educational programs of the
Pasadena Symphony, music director
and conductor of the Lamar
University Chamber Orchestra, the
Greater Miami Youth Symphony,
and the Southern California
Sinfonia. Wittry has a bachelor’s
degree in violin performance and
music education and a master of
music in instrumental conducting
from the University of Southern
California where she studied with
“I am honored to receive this
wonderful tribute to a nationally
recognized patron of the arts,”
Wittry said. “I wish I had known
Helen Thompson during her life-
In 1982, the Board of Directors
of the American Symphony
Orchestra League established the
Helen M. Thompson Award to
honor the memory of the person
who, more than any other, devel-
oped and promoted the cause of
symphony orchestras in the United
The award is given to a manager
and a conductor in alternate years.
Candidates must be no more than
35 years of age, must work for
orchestras with total budgets of $1
million or less, have held their posi-
tion with the nominating orchestra
for at least two seasons, and be
nominated by an officer of the
orchestra’s board of directors.
All-American Brew Fest
It’ll be heaven in Houston for true beer lovers
Houston will host the first national
brewer’s festival in Texas history on
Sept. 14 and 15.
The First All-American Brew Fest will
be; held at Garden in the Heights, 3926
Feagan. The festival will be a showcase
and competition of the brewer’s art, fea-
turing ales and beers from the smallest
local micro-brewery to multi-thousand
barrel national craft breweries.
Judging for a Home Brew Division
Competition will take place on Friday at
the Beer Essentials home brewing supply
at 2908 Fountainview. Winners of that
competition will be announced with win-
ners at the All-American Brew Fest on
The fest will open to the public free of
charge. One-price sampling passes will
be available, or beer may be purchased
■ by the glass with an official All-American
Brew Fest souvenir mug.
Representatives of the many breweries
- will be on hand to discuss their products,
brewing styles and methods.
The festival will also feature all the ele-
ments of a great festival — great enter-
tainment on two stages, a wide variety of
food from some of Houston’s finest
restaurants, activities, craft vendors and
souvenir items from the breweries.
While having a varied sampling of
brews from coast to coast, the festival will
offer a sampling of some of the best music
on the Gulf Coast with performances by
Flash Back, Sonny James, the Tone
Kings, Sundowners, New October, Pierre
and the Zydeco Dots, Dead Beats,
Imzadi, Temper Scarlet, Rage in Eden,
Under the Sun, Moses Guest and more.
The recent explosion of the brew-pubs
and micro-breweries into the beer market
has created wide-spread public interest in
smaller “craft” breweries and the
increased variety of products available.
The result has been an increased knowl-
edge of beer styles, brewing methods and
a refinement of tastes with a demand for
The All-American Brew Fest will give
the public an opportunity to discover a
multitude of beers and ales from across
the country — both exciting new brands
and older regional brands that have never
before been available in Texas.
Breweries and brew-pubs will also
have plenty of promotional items for sale
such as caps, T-shirts and mugs, many of
which will not be available anywhere else
in the state.
Lectures on brewing techniques and
types of beers, with tastings from
renowned experts, will be presented.
The competition will be based on 1995
production volumes to ensure a level
Entries will be judged on Beer Judge
Certification Program criteria by quali-
fied judges. Categories will range from
the basic American pilsner to various
styles of lagers, ales, stouts, barley wines,
wheat beers, Oktoberfest and specialty
and fruit beers. A People’s Choice Award
will allow the public to cast a vote as the
most important judge to the brewer.
All judging will be done by blind tast-
ing. Awards will also be given for best T-
shirt and best label design.
The All-American Brew Fest will be
sponsored by Evans Music City, the Beer
Essentials Home Brew Shop, Beer Gas
Co. and Boston’s Bar Supply.
Garden in the Heights was built in
1929 as a German beer hall and garden.
The Main Hall is built in Old World style,
with massive beams, rich woodwork,
three bars and a proscenium stage. The
Garden is canopied by majestic old trees,
has outdoor serving and an outdoor stage
on which bands will perform throughout
the Brew Fest.
Proceeds will benefit a local children’s
charity. For more information, contact
Bob Fuldauer or Michael Martin at 713-
880-1065 or Shannon O’Brien at 713-556-
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