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Towering composers!

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving

Join the New Philharmonic as we honor Bach, Brahms and a young artist!

A few composers stand out among others, and we'll climax our 35th season with some of their inspiring music. We'll hear a young musician - Rebecca Martinez, violinist, winner of our annual concerto competition - perform Bach's celebrated Concerto in A minor for violin, strings and basso continuo. A graduating senior, concertmaster of her Nimitz High School orchestra, she also performs mariachi.

Then, we'll find ourselves in Austria for the afternoon as the orchestra presents Brahms' Symphony no. 2, inspired by his visit to a village there, and Austrian composer von Suppe's sparkling "The Queen of Spades" overture.

Tickets. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students at 972-252-2787

Brilliant, sunny music

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving

It's spring, and time for some music full of colors! Join us for Beethoven's dramatic Coriolan Overture... Berlioz’ exciting Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust… Saint-Saens' spirited Bacchanal from Samson et Dalila ... and Bizet's thrilling Carmen Suite no. 1, as selected Irving high school musicians perform with us.

But the music that will really dazzle is the lovely Violin Concerto no. 1 by Bela Bartok, the Hungarian composer, as performed by our Romanian-born concertmaster, Dr. Adrian Demian, soloist. The concerto reveals Bartok’s love for the violin and the young woman violinist to whom it’s dedicated.


Repertoire recap:

  • Saint-Saëns: Bacchanal from Samson and Dalila
  • Berlioz: Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust
  • Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36, soloist: Dr. Adrian Demian
  • Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1

Opera and ‘The Firebird’

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving


Don't miss Stravinsky's blazing 'Firebird Suite," for a warm afternoon of music with the jolliest opera arias from Mozart and Rossini, sung by baritone Michael Pandolfo!

You'll hear the orchestra in some of your favorite overtures - to "The Magic Flute" by Mozart, and "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini, followed by three unforgettable arias sung by this nationally recognized baritone, who has performed on the Metropolitan Opera stage. They include the light-hearted Figaro aria from "The Barber of Seville," the entrance aria of Papageno in "The Magic Flute," and a teasing aria from "The Marriage of Figaro."

Add Stravinsky's spectacular "Firebird" Suite, based on Russian folk tales, and it's a magical afternoon!


Full Repertoire:

  • Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
  • Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
  • Mozart and Rossini opera arias, soloist: M. Pandolfo
  • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)