• January 24, 2022
 EPSO opens 90th Anniversary Season with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring pianist Kevin Cole

“America’s Pianist” Kevin Cole

EPSO opens 90th Anniversary Season with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring pianist Kevin Cole

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) is set to celebrate its 90th Anniversary Season and make beautiful music once again on the historic Plaza Theatre stage.  

Throughout the 2021-2022 season, audience members will be inspired by music from celebrated composers performed by EPSO’s dynamic conductor Bohuslav Rattay, along with the finest gifted musicians in this region.

In addition, the 90th anniversary will bring our arts community together through varied collaborations with El Paso Opera, El Paso Pro-Musica, and the University of Texas at El Paso Music Department and Choral Union.

The concert season will open September 24-25, 2021, 7:30pm in the Plaza Theatre with masterpieces by Gershwin and Ravel.  Sponsored by the Marlene and J.O. Stewart, Jr. Foundation, the opening concerts will feature America’s pianist and Gershwin master, Kevin Cole performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.

The second half of the program will highlight the El Paso Symphony performing Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé Suite no. 2 and Bolero.

The El Paso Symphony officials remind attendees that they will follow the policies and mandates of the venue. As the El Paso County mask mandate is in place, all guests will be required to wear a mask inside El Paso Live venues, which includes the Plaza Theatre, regardless of vaccination status.


“America’s Pianist” Kevin Cole has received accolades from some of the notable critics in America:

“A piano genius…he reveals an understanding of harmony, rhythmic complexity and pure show-biz virtuosity that would have had Vladimir Horowitz smiling with envy,” wrote arts critic Andrew Patner.

“When Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work… Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” wrote Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune.

He has performed with over 100 orchestras worldwide including sold-out performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony.

Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist, archivist and producer who garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families.

Kevin was featured soloist for the PBS special Gershwin at One Symphony Place with the Nashville Symphony.


Join EPSO prior to each performance at Opening Notes, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre, to get insights on the program, composers and artist.


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.

Opening Notes: Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25, 2021 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre (Free)
 “Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue”

Friday, September 24 & Saturday 25, 2021, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre

El Paso Symphony Orchestra – EPSO

Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor

Kevin Cole, Piano

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Gershwin Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra

Ravel Daphnis and Chloé Suite no. 2

Ravel Bolero

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.orgvia the ticketmaster site or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) is supported in part by the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For our previous coverage of EPSO, click here.

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