The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale in Texas has announced that it will replace all of its percussion instruments using $217,000 received in grants and donations. The orchestra’s current percussion instruments have not been replaced since the orchestra’s formation 51 years ago. The orchestra expects the new instruments to be in use by early 2015. A new rehearsal hall piano used for weekly rehearsals of the Chorale and Voices of the Permian Basin will also be replaced. “These new instruments will greatly enhance the artistic quality of each of our productions,” said LaDoyce Lambert, the orchestra’s president. The orchestra will open its 2014-15 classical season of four concerts on September 13 with a program of opera arias featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. The orchestra also annually performs four pops and family concerts, six chamber concerts, and two concerts with the Chorale. Gary Lewis is the orchestra’s music director and conductor.
Posted September 2, 2014