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Angelo State's student symphony orchestra set to present its first concert of the year

The concert, “Musical Landscapes: Music of Old and New Composers,” is free and open to the public.
Credit: Angelo State University

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State University’s student symphony orchestra will present its first 2020 concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the ASU Auditorium inside the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Avenue N.

The concert, “Musical Landscapes: Music of Old and New Composers,”  is free and open to the public.

The first part of the concert will evoke the ancient composers with a performance of Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1,” and will feature a chamber orchestra with strings, woodwinds, piano and harpsichord.

The second part of the concert will feature the entire symphony orchestra and showcase new music by modern composers including:

“Summon the Heroes” by John Williams

“American Landscape” by Soon Hee Newbold

“On Top of the World” by Brian Balmages

“Conga Del Fuego Nuevo” by Arturo Marquez

The ASU Symphony Orchestra is comprised of more than 40 student musicians and directed by Dr. Fagner Rocha, assistant professor of music. The program was made possible through a San Angelo Symphony Guild Symphonic Music Grant to perform the works of living composers.