San Angelo Symphony returns home—to a newly renovated concert hall

Posted on: October 6, 2017

“His pre-show ritual is always the same,” writes Federico Martinez in Thursday’s (10/5) San Angelo Standard-Times (TX). “San Angelo Symphony Director Hector Guzman … arrives at the concert venue an hour early and reviews the evening show before changing into his stage outfit. ‘That’s about the time I start feeling butterflies in my stomach,’ Guzman said. … The acclaimed conductor expects a few more butterflies this fall when the 2017-18 symphony series returns after a six-year absence to the extensively renovated Murphey Performance Hall, previously named the City Auditorium. … every part of the building’s interior has been renovated, repaired and retouched. Renovations to the auditorium, which was built in 1928, also include improved indoor acoustics, lighting, air conditioning, heating, seating and a new sound booth. ‘It’s exciting,’ Guzman said. ‘After six years, we’re going home.’ For the past six years, the symphony has performed at several locations … ‘I think the audiences this year will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of sound in the renovated auditorium,’ said Guzman, who is returning for his 15th year at the helm of the San Angelo Symphony. The 2017-18 season kicks off Oct. 7 … ‘We will have a little bit of everything this season,’ Guzman said.”

Posted October 6, 2017