The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra will close its classical concert season with a production of Dvorak’s New World on Apr. 21, led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkan.
Abilene Philharmonic’s performance of New World will take place in the Abilene Civic Center.
The program’s title comes from Dvorak’s Symphony No.9, popularly known as the New World Symphony, composed in 1893.
Heidi Kelley, Abilene Philharmonic Executive Director, encourages students attend the show to hear the world-renown musical piece.
“If they only go to the concert, they will hear one of the most played and recognized symphonies on the planet- Dvorak’s No. 9. New World was inspired by Dvorak’s travels to America during the 19th century and when he heard African American spirituals, he was motivated to write this magnificent piece that the world has embraced,” she said.
The show will also feature Greg Hustis, the principle horn player for the Dallas Symphony. Kelley commented on the honor of having this musician’s appearance in Abilene’s orchestral performance and on the ACU campus.
“We are very excited to have Hustis joining us on this concert. He will also be teaching an Artist Master Class at Abilene Christian University on Friday at 3 p.m. This master class is free and open to the public. I hope that everyone who is interested in music attends and is inspired by the majestic sound of the French horn.”
For 61 years, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is, according to its website, “the only professional orchestra within 100 miles of Abilene, drawing audiences from more than 50 Texas cities.”
Kelley said The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra will have one more concert May 5, but they will be announcing its 2012-2013 season at the New World concert and make season subscription will be available at that time.
When interviewed for a press release, conductor and director, David Itkin, encouraged attendance to the show.
“Dvorak’s popular New World symphony is a perfect way to cap off another great season at the Philharmonic. It’s themes of joy homeland and spiritual renewal are both a part of what great music and our city’s orchestra are all about,” he said.
To purchase tickets, you may call the Philharmonic office at 325-677-6710, visit online at www.AbilenePhilharmonic.org, or purchase them from the Philharmonic office located at 402 Cypress Street. College students may purchase $5 Student Rush tickets one hour in advance with their student IDs.