March 25th: “Invitation to the Dance” at the ETSO


A Grammy-winning violinist, an American music icon and local favorites are among the acts that will share the stage with East Texas Symphony Orchestra during its upcoming 1916-1917 season.

The 2016/17 Subscription Series continues with the following concerts:.

March 25, 2017 – Invitation to the Dance: The concert includes performances by ETSO principal harpist Janel Hector and dancers from Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance. The program features music of Debussy, Ravel and Brahms.

April 29, 2017 – Back to the Beginning: The finale is inspired by Lee’s first concert with the orchestra in 2011. Jan Lisiecki returns for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the orchestra again performs Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.

Lee said the upcoming season could be the “best season from the standpoint of overall quality of guest artists and novel collaborations.”

“It is my hope that the familiarity of some of these tunes will appeal to a very broad audience, but I’m hoping that the audience will love the classical works too,” he said.

The season marks the fifth with Lee at the helm. He said the orchestra is “much-improved” from the 2011 season.

“The musicians and I know it, and the public has noticed it as well. I spend a lot less time fixing technical errors and more time working on the character and the required sound of a work,” Lee said. “Second, we are really proud of the breadth of quality music that we present. There’s no longer an excuse not to come to the symphony, because we present all sorts of shows.”

Subscription series concerts are performed at the UT Tyler Cowan Center. Season tickets are on sale. Prices start at $45 for all five concerts. Subscriptions are sold through the Cowan Center Box Office, 903-566-7424. Season information is available at the orchestra’s website, .