As plans have changed and musicians performed in front of a screen, the Mid-Texas Symphony is eager to share the joy of music with audiences once again.
The Mid-Texas Symphony has been hosting virtual performances throughout the past year due to the pandemic. This year, while keeping an eye on the ever-changing CDC guidelines, the orchestra plans to perform in New Braunfels and Seguin.
Mid-Texas Symphony Music Director Akiko Fujimoto said nothing compares to a live audience.
“Digital was a great option because it was the safest thing to do at the start of the pandemic,” Fujimoto said. “For our second concert in March [this year] we performed for a small, socially distant audience and it was the most touching spectacle I have ever felt. We are nothing without the audience, we only exist because we want to share it in the same room with the people who are listening.
This season’s shows blend classic and modern musical styles, from visually stunning plays to great Star Wars scores.
On October 17, the orchestra will perform at Canyon High School Performing Arts Center at 4:00 pm for its “American Voices” show featuring music by American composers from different backgrounds.
It features music from the folk opera “Porgy and Bess,” which takes place in the fictional neighborhood of Catfish Row, South Carolina, and follows the lives of separated African Americans.
American-born violinist Charles Yang plays classical to bluegrass with rock star charisma and comes from New York to perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s violin concerto.
Fujimoto shares two cultures and said it means a lot to have a diverse set of composers represented.
“These four composers have really mastered the art of combining different styles and backgrounds and being a musical melting pot so to speak,” said Fujimoto. “What, for me, being American, I’m bicultural and therefore being American is being a bunch of different things and mixing different cultures and traditions.”
The orchestra will also perform on February 20 at the Brauntex Theater for “The Soldier’s Tale” featuring chamber players from the Mid-Texas Symphony.
Dave Ferguson will tell and Danielle Campbell Steans will dance to Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s story of a soldier who sells his violin to the devil in exchange for a book that will make him rich.
“We enjoy the privacy of the theater and the fact that it is a theater and not a concert hall,” said Fujimoto.
In a dramatic, almost cinematic experience, the symphony will perform Star Wars soundtracks by composer John Williams. The “Star Wars & Beyond” show is scheduled for April 3 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center.
They will also perform music that may have inspired Williams, such as “The Ride of the Valkyries” and selections from “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky.
Fujimoto said she and the orchestra were excited to put their hard work on the line after a year without music to bring people together.
“It’s going to be different, just like the good old days but even better because we like it now,” said Fujimoto. “It’s going to mean a lot more for us to do this. “
For a full list of shows and to purchase tickets, visit mtsymphony.org