(Orange, Texas)


August 18, 2013

Journey to Rome with Symphony of Southeast Texas

BEAUMONT — The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) takes off on an adventure like no other with “Roman Journeys” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont. With a colossal percussion presence and a lively surround sound effect, this concert is sure to be impressive.

“This concert is gonna peel the paint off the walls of the Julie Rogers Theatre,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton.

The concert kicks off the SOST’s 61st season and is the first in its Classics Series for 2013-2014. Musical selections include Hector Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture,” Russell Peck’s “The Glory and the Grandeur,” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

The journey through “Pines of Rome” will be captivating, with off-stage musicians from the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and the brass section from Calvary Baptist Church contributing to the surround sound effect. The symphonic poem takes the audience through four movements illustrating various scenes concluding with a march down the Appian Way.

The SOST percussion section will rumble the audience’s seat with “The Glory and the Grandeur,” a dynamite concerto featuring Gary Parks, James Strawther and Justin Collazo as soloists. The piece is visually engaging as the soloists move around to play on an array of percussion instruments.

The concert also includes an exploration through the Roman countryside through Berlioz’s dynamic “Roman Carnival Overture,” described as “nine minutes of dashing music, orchestrated in Berlioz’s brightest colors.”

Single ticket prices range from $17 to $41; senior, student and group discounts are available. Season tickets are available with prices ranging from $77 to $153. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to or contact the Symphony office at 409-892-2257.

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