Waco Symphony records holiday program at city locations for TV broadcast

Posted on: December 18, 2020

“Fans of the Waco Symphony Orchestra will get to hear some of its musicians for the first time in nearly a year at 4 p.m. Sunday when they play on a special episode of ‘Texas Music Cafe: Destination Waco’ on KXXV-TV,” writes Carl Hoover in Wednesday’s (12/16) Waco Tribune-Herald (TX). “The hourlong program, which will be repeated at 11 a.m. Christmas Day, won’t feature the whole orchestra, but four ensembles drawn from it [and] the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra…. For WSO Music Director Stephen Heyde … the taped television special represents months of behind-the-scenes planning…. Participating in the television taping were the WSO’s string and percussion ensembles, a brass ensemble, a brass jazz quartet and the youth orchestra…. Joseph Gastler, director of strategy for marketing firm Four Columns, a social media adviser for the WSO and a bassoonist himself, led efforts to coordinate recording of performances…. The string ensemble played in the First Baptist Church of Waco sanctuary. Brass players used the Doris Miller Memorial as a stage. Percussionists played at McLennan Community College’s outdoor Bosque River Stage. The youth orchestra performed in the Waco Convention Center and a brass jazz quartet set up in One Day Bar.”