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Symphony Of The Hills Offers A Christmas Gift

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Symphony of the Hills

You’re surely aware of the San Antonio Symphony, but it’s not the only area orchestra. In Kerrville, the 80-piece Symphony of the Hills performs five concerts a year.

"The orchestra is made up of professionals from the Hill Country community and as far away as San Antonio and Austin and the surrounding communities," says Dr. Eugene Dowdy, the symphony's Associate Conductor.

Besides the evening concerts, Dowdy says the orchestra plays for "thousands of children" through school concerts as well.

You may wonder if a city the size of Kerrville and support an orchestra, but Dowdy says it’s no problem.

"Kerrville is incredibly supportive of the Symphony of the Hills. Probably the most supportive thing they did for it was put together that Cailloux Theater," Dowdy says, referring to the performing arts center on Main Street that opened in March, 2003. 

"It seats about 850, it is state of the art, it’s so beautiful and it sounds great," Dowdy says, beaming.

Their next performance is December 5th and it’s all about the holidays, as Dowdy notes.

"We’re playing the 'Nutcracker Suite' from Peter Tchaikovsky. It’s like opening presents! Every movement is another…'Sugar Plum Fairies'…'Waltz of the Flowers'…so people are going to hear a lot of holiday favorites. But we’re also going to feature our Grand Symphony Chorus. They'll join the symphony in the Vivaldi 'Gloria.' It’s going to be incredible."