Garland Symphony Orchestra Opens 2013-2014 Season on 10/18

The Garland Symphony Orchestra presents its 2013-2014 Season, “Shall We Dance?” at the Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium.   The season opens on October 18, 2013 and all performances are at 8:00PM!

Garland, TX; (October  18, 2013) the Garland Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013-2014 “Shall We Dance?” on October 18, 2013 at 8:00PM at the Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium, Garland, TX.

It is likely that the very earliest music ever created was for the dance; the first time our distant ancestors first banged on a log with a stick, someone undoubtedly broke into the Neanderthal shuffle!  Things have come a long way. From ballet to break dancing, music and dance are now inseparable partners.


In adding… The Garland Symphony Orchestra will feature Howard Hilliard performing Mozart’s French Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major.


Howard Hilliard is a fifth generation Californian where he studied at the University of Southern California and received his Bachelor and Master of Music. At the invitation of principal conductor Zubin Mehta, he was invited to play principal horn in L’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence Italy’s main orchestra) for over six years. As part of that orchestra he recorded on many of the major classical labels as well as the original “Three Tenors” concert from Rome, which was the biggest selling classical CD of all time.  After returning to the United States, Dr. Hilliard received his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas College of Music. His most recent concerto engagements in Texas include performances with the Garland, Las Colinas, San Angelo and Symphony Arlington orchestras.


Dr. Hilliard has performed as principal horn in numerous symphonies throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Orchestras and wind ensembles he has performed as principal horn with include: “I Solisti Fiorentini”, “Solisti dell’Ensemble Cameristico Pistoiese”, “Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL” in Monterrey, Mexico, Boston Civic Symphony, North Shore Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Plano Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony, Dallas and Texas Wind Symphonies, Corpus Christi Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, West Side Symphony, Burbank Chamber Orchestra, Glendale Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, and Desert Symphony.  He is currently the principal horn of the Garland, Las Colinas, San Angelo, Dallas Pops and Symphony Arlington orchestras.


In addition to Mr. Howard’s solo performance the GSO will also be performing Bernstein’s On the Town, Copland’s Rodeo, Bartok’s Dance Suite, and Anderson’s The Waltzing Cat.


Garland Symphony Orchestra credits its Music Director, Robert Carter Austin for its continued outstanding and diverse orchestral programming.    Maestro Austin’s background encompasses over 30 years of professional music experience and includes degrees from MIT, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.  Maestro Austin’s musical experience includes conducting performances in countries including: Korea, Ukraine, Canada, Italy, Spain, China, France, Germany, Mexico,

Bulgaria, Ecuador, Colombia, Philippines, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and the United States.



Season tickets as low as $60!  Single tickets are priced at $16.50, $26.50, $36.50 and $46.50.  All are available by telephone (972.926.0611), fax(972.926.0811), or email (info@garlandsymphony.org ).  Group discounts are available; please call the Garland Symphony Orchestra office for more information(972.926.0611).

All concerts begin at 8:00PM at the Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium

300 N. Fifth Street

Garland, TX  75040


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