As the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) celebrates 89 years and with Music Director Bohuslav Rattay entering his seventh season with EPSO, the new season kicks off later this month with special guests the Universita Guitar Quartet.
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Universita Guitar Quartet, take the stage at the Plaza Theatre on September 20 & 21, starting at 7:30pm.
The Universita Guitar Quartet and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra led by Bohuslav Rattay will perform an El Paso audience favorite, Rodrigo’s Concierto AndaluzI for four guitars.
The Concierto Andaluz was written by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo for the The Romeros, also known as The Royal Family of Guitar. The influence of the folk music of Spain and its rhythms resonate throughout the piece.
The program will open with the Overture of Handel’s Royal Fireworks. During Handel’s time in England – as almost everywhere – fireworks were a favorite way to celebrate major occasions. Handel’s Royal Fireworks was written to celebrate the signing of a peace treaty — the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.
The opening classical concerts of EPSO’s 89th Anniversary Season will end with Brahms’ first symphonic masterpiece, his Symphony No. 1.
The Universita Guitar Quartet started in 2016 as a collaborative project between the guitar area faculty members of the University of Texas at El Paso, the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez and the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua.
Its members are Hiram Rodriguez (UTEP-UACJ), Martin Espinoza (UACH), Jesus Manuel Flores (UACH) and Daniel Monroy (UACJ). Each one of them has been developing academic activities in their own universities as well as participating in guitar festivals as performers and adjudicators for guitar competitions in Mexico, Europe and Latin America.
The ensemble has performed at guitar festivals and competitions at the Juarez and Chihuahua universities in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The quartet performs works by several Mexican composers. Currently Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto Andaluz” is the new project the UGQ has embarked on and has been invited to perform with symphony orchestras in Mexico, including the Orquesta Sinfonica de la UACH.
Prior to the concert, Universita Guitar Quartet will join EPSO Music Director Bohulav Rattay at the El Paso Museum of Art for a discussion and sampling of the El Paso Symphony September concerts on Thursday, September 19, 12pm.
Artful Preludes is presented in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcomed to tour the museum prior to or after the program.
Also, fans can join EPSO prior to each performance at Opening Notes, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre, to get insights on the program, composers and artist.
Concert ticket prices are $46, $41, $35, $22 and $16 plus fees. Student tickets for $9 and $12 plus fees are available. Tickets may be purchase at epso.org, ticketmaster.com or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.
The September 20 & 21 EPSO concerts are generously sponsored by the Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. Foundation.
SEASON TICKETS: Season tickets are available through the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (915) 532-3776. Season ticket prices (6 classical concerts): $228, $195, $168, $96, $66 plus fees. Discounts for the season tickets are: 20% seniors and active military, 30% educators, 50% students.
Artful Preludes: Thursday, September 19, 12pm, El Paso Museum of Art (Free)
Opening Notes: Friday, September 20 & Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre (Free)
Concerts: “Four Guitars”
Friday, September 20 & Saturday, 21, 2019, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Universita Guitar Quartet: Hiram Rodriguez, Martin Espinoza, Jesus Manuel Flores, Daniel Monroy
Handel Royal Fireworks, Overture
Rodrigo Concierto Andaluz
Brahms Symphony No. 1, op. 68 in C minor