Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2011

The Symphony of the Hills Is 10 Years Old—and Thriving

Radios, stereos and iPods are all wonderful inventions, but nothing will ever beat sitting in a theater and listening to a live orchestra. For the past 10 years, The Symphony of the Hills, in partnership with Schreiner University, has blessed Hill Country residents with opportunities to do just that.

Symphony The symphony is one of the area’s finest cultural resources, and a rarity in a community the size of Kerrville. Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, the symphony’s conductor and artistic director since 2001, works with a nucleus of seventy-five 75 Hill Country musicians from Kerrville, Boerne, Fredericksburg, Austin, San Antonio, Bandera and Harper. The symphony performs an extensive musical repertoire for the enjoyment of audiences throughout the Hill Country. For 10 years, the symphony has worked to expand the appreciation of music and develop the musical talents of young people throughout the community.

Every year, the orchestra presents four concerts—in October, December, March and April. Two of the concert themes are consistent from year to year, and two vary from year to year. Additionally the symphony performs two free children’s concerts for third and fourth graders from public and private schools throughout the Hill Country.
Symphony The 10th Anniversary 2011-2012 season will open Oct. 6, with “Tunes from Transylvania and Beyond.” On the program will be “Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, Enescu’s “Romanian Rhapsody No. 1,” Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” and Kodaly’s “Hary Janos Suite.” On Dec. 1, the orchestra will present “Rising Stars and Many Moods of Christmas” featuring some exceptionally talented young area musicians. Jonathan Whitney from Tivy High School, Angela Johnson from Baylor University and Gavin Thompson, a guitarist from Fredericksburg, will perform with the orchestra and the Grand Symphony Chorus will join in a Christmas program.

The first concert of 2012 will be the always popular “For the Young and Young at Heart,” on March 8. The May 3 concert, “Out of This World,” will feature Gustav Holst’s “The Planets Suite,” “Star Wars Suite” by John Williams and Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”
Season tickets, as well as tickets for individual concerts, for 2011-2012 performances are now on sale and can be purchased through the symphony website at You can also call the symphony office at 830-792-7469 or the Cailloux box office 830-896-9393. All Symphony of the Hills concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cailloux Theatre in Kerrville.

The poet Berthold Auerbach once said, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” And we can all use a little of that.

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