Waco Symphony returns in person: pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton, plus basketball coach as narrator

Posted on: October 22, 2021

“The Waco Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by [pianists] Christina and Michelle Naughton and a special guest, Baylor men’s basketball head coach Scott Drew, will be performing … on Thursday in Waco Hall,” writes Paul Holladay in Thursday’s (10/21) Baylor Lariat, Baylor University’s student publication (TX). “The twin sisters will perform Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra along with Saint-Saëns’ ‘Carnival of the Animals’ for the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s season opener, narrated by Drew. [It] will be the first concert since January 2020…. ‘What I can’t wait to experience is how they play melodies and harmonies in perfect tandem and pass musical phrases back and forth to one another,’ Carolyn Bess, executive director of the Waco Symphony Association, said.… ‘We wanted an iconic figure from the Baylor community to be featured in this season opener, and coach Scott Drew certainly fits the bill,’ Bess said. Along with Drew, there will also be 20 Baylor students playing in the orchestra. Stephen Heyde, who is a conductor-in-residence at Baylor, will be conducting this ensemble. ‘After such a long pause during COVID-19, I think the experience of audiences hearing live classical music together … will be a memorable and meaningful one,’ Heyde said.”