West Texas Symphony opens 60th season celebration on Sept. 10

West Texas Symphony’s 60th season opener set for Sept. 10

The West Texas Symphony, formerly known as the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, will celebrate the opening of its 60th season on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The opening night concert, called “Your West Texas Symphony,” will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in Midland.

“We are excited to be back on the stage for a 60th season,” said Executive Director Ethan Wills.

Texas native Kevin Day’s Blue Hour Skyline opens the concert, while the second half of the performance features Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Day is viewed as “one of the brightest young stars in contemporary classical music” with an “eclectic style includes a mix of contemporary, classic, jazz and other genres,” according to the West Texas Symphony. Day writes that Blue Hour Skyline is a composition that “depicts a city that comes alive” at the blue hour, which refers to the darker stages of evening twilight. The symphony describes Blue Hour Skyline as a “bright and rhythmic piece” that audiences are sure to enjoy.

Symphony No. 1, known as the “Titan,” was composed in the late 1880’s and is one of Mahler’s most popular pieces.

Tickets for the opening concert start at just $11 and can be purchased at WTXS.ORG or by calling 800-514-3849. Student tickets are $8 with a paying adult or valid college ID.

Symphony SoundBites

Before the concert, patrons are invited to a pre-concert supper in the Rea-Greathouse Recital Hall at the at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. For $26, patrons can dine with friends while Maestro Gary Lewis provides an insider’s view of the evening program. Seating is limited and based on a first-come, first-serve basis. To purchase tickets, call the Wagner Noël Box Office at 432-552-4437. Deadline to purchase SoundBites tickets is Friday, Sept. 2.

For more information on West Texas Symphony events, please visit WTXS.ORG.

“Your West Texas Symphony” is sponsored by the Midland Symphony Guild, Odessa Symphony Guild, and Ann & Ken Hankins, Jr.