On Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. the Mid-Texas Symphony will open its 36th Season at Jackson Auditorium on the Texas Lutheran University Campus in Seguin. Music Director David Mairs, internationally renowned, local violinist Charles Yang and Astrophysicist Eric Schlegel will present “Music of the Spheres.” This opening concert features Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Holst’s The Planets and provides a special visual treat highlighting NASA photographs.
David Mairs is much beloved by Mid-Texas Symphony audiences who appreciate his outstanding musical creativity, versatility, and engaging personality. Celebrating his eighteenth year with the Mid-Texas Symphony, he also regularly conducts the Austin and Flint Symphonies. He has served as a guest conductor with many outstanding orchestras including Dallas, Houston, Colorado Springs, Dayton, Phoenix, Charlotte, Fort Worth, and Kansas City.
Guest artist Charles Yang, a Juilliard graduate, has been described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” After beginning his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, he later studied with Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. “Charles is an amazing artist,” notes Mairs, “and one whose joy in performing for the audience is simply infectious. His videos on YouTube or Charles’ own website -- CharlesYangMusic.com -- demonstrate the range of his musical interests and his incredible talent. Charles is a composer, vocalist, guitar player, arranger, and violinist extraordinaire. We’re so lucky to have him as our season opening artist.”
Dr. Eric M. Schlegel is the author or co-author of over 300 publications and has been employed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he worked on the ROSAT and Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer teams. He authored the well-received popular book on X-ray astronomy entitled The Restless Universe: Understanding X-ray Astronomy in the Age of Chandra and Newton.
Other season highlights include Cellist Nick Canellakis, currently a Lincoln Center artist, performing a Haydn cello concerto in November; soprano Ashly Neumann singing Ava Maria and Gesu Bambino in December; the second Brandenburg Concerto in February; pianist Daniel Anastasio performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in March; and the season finale performance of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major.
Season and single tickets are available now through the Symphony office, telephone 830-372-8089 / email firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.mtsymphony.org. For more information, visit www.mtsymphony.org or the symphony’s Facebook page.