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Symphony of Southeast Texas
News Release
Friday, May 12, 2017

Students to explore sounds of enchantment at Symphony’s Youth Education Concerts
May 16-17

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) presents its annual Youth Education Concerts on Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each day, at the Jefferson Theater in Beaumont. Over 4,000 local students are expected to attend the free concerts and gain exposure to a live performance of a symphony orchestra.

This year’s theme is “Sounds of Enchantment: Myths, Legends, Fairytales and Folk lore in Music.” SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton, II and the orchestra will take students on a journey from the myths of Siegfried and his Ride of the Valkyries, to modern day adventures of Jack Sparrow and his pirate adventures in the Caribbean, back to the surreal scenes of a princess becoming a swan, ending with our beloved Luke Skywalker and his Star Wars friends and that famous masked man, the Lone Ranger. Through great music, the orchestra demonstrates key musical elements such as crescendo/diminuendo, harmonic consonance and dissonance and many other key elements to understanding music.

The concerts also feature a solo harp performance of the Handel Concerto for Harp by Rachel Clark, a senior student who was first place winner of the SOST Concerto Competition, which was sponsored by the Symphony League of Beaumont.

Maestro Tipton will also educate the students throughout the program on the music and the orchestra overall. These concerts often represent many students’ first time attending a live musical performance. Students attending the concerts range from kindergarten through 12th grade and are from school districts all across Southeast Texas as well as homeschool groups.

For more information on the SOST Youth Education Concerts, contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.

The Youth Education Concerts are made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Mrs. Bruce Allred & Family, BBVA Compass, In loving memory of Mrs. Carol Tyrrell Kyle by Mrs. Emilie Kyle Chenault, Community Bank, In honor of Dr. John Frossard and the BISD board, The Crenshaw Family Foundation, Foundation of Southeast Texas, The Wilton & Effie Mae Hebert Foundation, McDonald’s – Brian & Cathie Ellis, The Dujay Charitable Foundation – Katheryn Mapes Fund, Raymond James Financial Services, Reaud Charitable Foundation, Southeast Texas Arts Council and The Symphony League of Beaumont.

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