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Symphony Of The Hills Goes Big On Romance

Deborah Conner
Symphony of the Hills

The Symphony of the Hills has a performance coming up in Kerrville. I spoke to Associate Conductor Gene Dowdy who says there’s a good reason that True Romance is the theme for their next performance.

“Music just seems to be a beautiful place to represent our deepest feelings of Love and emotion and romance.“

Dowdy has assembled a program he says is packed full of love.

“The music on this program is music from the ages. Howard Hansen wrote his symphony#2—he even subtitled romantic. After that we’re going to feature our Concertmaster Daniel Kobialka. He’s going to play that famous violin solo by Fritz Kreisler called ‘Liebesleid.’ Then we’re going to have Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro. We’ll have a little intermission, and then followed by one of the greatest recognizable love themes you’ve ever heard, and that’s Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. We’re also going to do Leonard Bernstein’s modern setting of Romeo and Juliet of course, West Side Story. And we’ll conclude with Leroy Anderson’s Blue Tango. Of course, his setting is a little bit jazzy and a little bit Americanized. So it’s going to be a real treat for the audiences. Also, I don’t want to give it away but there could be an encore involving some fast and furious Hungarian dancing.”

I noted “It sounds like a great date night for those who under-performed on Valentines.”

Dowdy laughed. “That’s right; this could be a way to make it up.”

It all happens at Kerrville’s Cailloux Theater on February the 26th.

“Come early for our wine reception and who knows? Maybe that’ll put them in a romantic mood.”

We’ve more here.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii