Music that dances

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

It’s a breath of fresh air after a long winter – and it all begins at 2:45 p.m., as middle school mariachis - Travis’s “Los Linces” – serenade us in the lobby before the concert!

Students from Irving high schools join the full orchestra “side by side” to welcome summer with:

  • Copland’s An Outdoor Overture,
  • Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances,
  • Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances,
  • Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman,
  • and Sibelius’ Finlandia.

A Musical Sunrise

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

You’ll find yourself in places like “The Pines of Rome” (Respighi), with a “grand march” from Gounod’s “Queen of Sheba,” a Schubert symphony and Puccini intermezzo (“Manon Lescaut”). A magical opening to our season!

Repertoire:

  • Gounod: Marche et Cortege (Grand March) from The Queen of Sheba
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 8, the “Unfinished”
  • Puccini: Intermezzo to Act III from Manon Lescaut
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome

 

Remember When … ?

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker’ was always part of the season, with colorful ballet onstage? And holidays meant singing your favorite carols with friends and family? This one is for you! They’re back! Guests, Momentum Dance Company.

Repertoire:

  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a with Momentum Ballet Company
  • Various: Traditional seasonal holiday music and audience sing-along

 

Opera and ‘The Firebird’

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

 

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)

 

Brilliant, sunny music

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

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

Towering composers!

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

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

Musical Journeys

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

Season opening with Brahms' sparkling "Academic Festival" and Gershwin's "Cuban" overtures and Beethoven's 6th!

 

Full programming:

Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
George Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 6

Songs for the holidays!

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

With the heavenly voices of Dallas Arts District Chorale in selections from Handel's "Messiah," and a carol sing-along!

 

Full programming:

  • G.F. Handel: Messiah (selections) with the Dallas Arts District Chorale
  • Holiday contemporary and sing-a-long

Handel’s Messiah: Part 1

East Dallas Christian Church 629 N. Peak Street, Dallas, TX, TX, United States

With the heavenly voices of Dallas Arts District Chorale in selections from Handel's "Messiah," and a carol sing-along!

 

Full programming:

G.F. Handel: Messiah (selections) with the Dallas Arts District Chorale
Holiday music selected by the Dallas Arts District Chorale

To get tickets: GO HERE

The Greatest Love Stories

Irving Arts Center 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX, United States

When two hearts beat as one... great music can tell the story better than words. We hope you'll enjoy our tribute to Valentine's Day, as we present some of the world's most memorable love stories on this Sunday afternoon!

Imagine you're in the New York of Bernstein's "West Side Story" and discover love there, as these young people did. Recognize Shakespeare's familiar, tragic story, previewed in Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" Overture, then settle back to enjoy Howard Hanson's "Romantic" Symphony number 2.

And stop by for a look at our raffle package - a $325 stay at a luxurious destination hotel, the nearby Gaylord Texan, or any other Marriott hotel, anywhere.

 

Full programming:

  • L. Bernstein: West Side Story selections
  • P.I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
  • Howard Hanson: Symphony no. 2 “Romantic”