VSO Announces 72nd Concert Season - Valley Symphony Orchestra

VSO Announces 72nd Concert Season

VSO Announces 72nd Concert Season


Concerts begin November 3 and feature Beethoven, Williams, and Rimsky-Korsakov

McALLEN—The Valley Symphony Orchestra recently announced the 2023-24 masterworks concert season, “Musical Mystique.” The five-concert series will take place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, and all concerts will be conducted by Maestro Peter Dabrowski.

“These five concerts are packed with an incredible variety of music,” said Katy Coy, VSO Executive Director. “We’re starting the season with Beethoven, Harry Potter is back by popular demand, and some beautiful works like Scheherazade and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” are also featured. There’s something for everyone this year.”

The masterworks season begins on November 3 with MUSIC OF THE GREATS, a concert featuring Beethoven’s high-spirited Symphony No. 7 alongside Mussorgsky’s haunting “A Night on Bald Mountain.” On December 1, the holiday favorite featuring the Valley Symphony Chorale, A TOUCH OF FROST, returns for its 23rd year. The Chorale will be conducted by Dr. Sean Taylor, Director of Choral Studies at UTRGV. The holiday program will include the Symphony’s signature arrangement of Feliz Navidad, along with selections from “The Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah.” On February 23, the concert LYRICAL LEGENDS features the VSO’s Assistant Principal cellist Patrick Hopkins performing “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” as well as family-friendly selections including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Stravinksy’s Firebird Suite. In March, POTTER AND PIANO showcases music from the Harry Potter films and returning soloist Tanya Gabrielian performing George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. The season finale, “Spellbound Symphony,” will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s beguiling Scheherazade, inspired by the tales of “The Arabian Nights.”

“The music of this season tells so many wonderful stories, from Harry Potter and his magic, to the determined and overcome Sorcerer’s Apprentice, to Scheherazade’s long and winding tales,” said Maestro Peter Dabrowski. “Through music, we are excited to bring these stories to life in new and adventurous ways next season for the entire Valley.”

Returning season ticket holders may renew their subscriptions and secure their seats through June 15, 2023, at which date remaining seats will be made available for subscriptions. Single tickets go on sale in early September.

The VSO will announce additional special events in June, including chamber concerts, community events, and the annual education concerts.

The Symphony is sustained through community generosity, and sponsorships for 2023-24 are now available. Those interested should contact the VSO office at (956) 661-1615 or hello@valleyorchestra.org.


NOVEMBER 3: Music of the Greats
Dvořák – Slavonic Dance No. 8, Op. 46
Mussorgsky – A Night on Bald Mountain
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, A Major, Op. 92

DECEMBER 1: A Touch of Frost
The holiday tradition featuring the Valley Symphony Chorale returns.

FEBRUARY 23: Music of Fantasia
Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra – Sunrise
Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme
Patrick Hopkins, Cello Soloist
Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Stravinsky – The Firebird Suite

MARCH 22: Potter and Piano
Gershwin – Piano Concerto in F
Tanya Gabrielian, Piano Soloist
Williams – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

APRIL 19: Spellbound Symphony
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Op. 35
Márquez – Danzón No. 9