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Mid-Texas Symphony Plans Rousing Concert

The Mid-Texas Symphony splits its time between New Braunfels and Seguin, and on Sunday they’re playing at New Braunfels' Canyon High School.  For this concert they've  invited a noteworthy horn player.  Michael Gast, Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra.

“The concert starts with a Finnish piece by Sibelius, his Finlandia Overture. A very moving, stirring piece,” said Gast. “And then my horn concerto, with Mozart."

He describes Mozart's Horn Concerto #3 by saying it has a "...really nice, romantic second movement. And of course, you get the hunting calls in the 3rd movement, which Mozart lived to write for.  And after intermission they’re going to finish with the Brahms 1st symphony.”

Then Gast smiled, sat up straight, and continued. 

“And, there is a special surprise. Something that’s not listed on the program that you’ll have to come and hear at the concert. It’s a premiere. It’s an American piece. And it features a very unique instrument. And I’m not going to say anymore than that!”

But he says there’s one more reason he’s looking forward to to playing the concert: Mid Texas Symphony's Conductor David Mairs.

“It’s his 20th Anniversary and I was pleased that he called me. I used to work with him in the San Antonio Symphony back in the 'big 80s' when I was a horn player with that orchestra.”

It all goes down Sunday afternoon at 4:00 in New Braunfels. 

For more on the concert, go here