Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra teams up with choirs for season finale

Final show of season is Sunday at Stafford Centre

(Photo by Susan Lynch)
Pictured from the left are (back row) Stacey Tharalson, Katherine Leskin, Patricia Kelley, Andrea Cope, Tofik Khanmamedov, Jordon Nickerson, (front row) Dan Patterson and Elyssa Munden.

The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 25th season this year with blockbuster performances and stellar guest artists.

This is also the inaugural year for the FBSO Chorus. The season finale promises to be a spectacular culmination of FBSO’s anniversary season, blending orchestral and choral voices in Carl Orff’s 1937 masterpiece, Carmina Burana. One of the classical music lover’s favorite concert pieces, Carmina Burana is described as “having something for everybody.”

The concert will be held Sunday, May 21, at the Stafford Centre.

The vocal solos will include James D. Rodriguez, who will perform the baritone solos, which are masculine and strong. Rodriguez is on the voice faculty at Texas Christian University, and he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Opera in the Heights, as well as with other symphonies across the country. Russ Clark, in his second appearance with FBSO, performs the tenor solos, depicting a swan’s dying day. The notes rise almost to the falsetto range in this powerful presentation. Clark has performed with Houston Grand Opera, TUTS, Houston Symphony Chorus, Opera in the Heights and more. He was the Director of Choirs at Elkins High School for 24 years.

The soprano solos are performed by Gwendolyn D. Alfred, who has a mighty task to achieve. These solos have been described as “singing higher than one thinks possible, jumping from flat ground to the top of the building.” Alfred recently made her Houston Grand Opera debut in a title role, and she has performed with the Houston Symphony, Opera in the Heights and the Moores Opera Center. She is Assistant Professor of Voice at Texas Southern University.

Powerful choirs join FBSO in this season finale full of Texas classical music talent: the incomparable, internationally-renowned Fort Bend Boys Choir, now in its 35th year, led by William R. Adams, Founder and Artistic Director; the Austin High School Choir, directed by Adrian O. Rodriguez; and the FBSO Chorus, guided by Gregory McDaniel, Director and Adrian O. Rodriguez, Associate Director.

Tickets begin at $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are $5 each, and teens are $10 per ticket. Discounts are available for college students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available online at www.fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.

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