The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s founding music director Kai Yeun Chen Choi (1992-1997) and former music director Dr. John Ricarte (1997-2007) will be among the special guests celebrating the orchestra’s 20th anniversary season during a special concert on Sunday, Feb. 19. Far Away Places, under the direction of current FBSO Music Director Dr. Hector Agüero (2008 to present), features music from around the world and begins at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre.
Among the works FBSO will perform include “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin,” “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss, “Hungarian March” by Hector Berlioz and “Irish Tune” by Percy Grainger. Christopher Henselman, a 16-year-old pianist who has twice performed at Carnegie Hall, will be a featured guest artist as the winner of FBSO’s 2012 Young Artist Concerto Competition.
Also in town for the celebration is Canadian composer Dr. Monte Keene Pishny-Floyd, FBSO’s conductor-in-residence. Planning surprises for FBSO patrons after the concert are three musicians who joined the orchestra during its inaugural season in 1992: Sandy Chapman, Marilyn Conger and Becky Walker.
Reserved adult tickets for Far Away Places are available for $10 and $15. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult, but need a reserved ticket. Discounts are available for seniors, students and military, as well as groups of 10 or more.
Tickets may be ordered at www.fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.