After recruiting an array of out-of-town performers for their 2017-2018 season, Kilgore Community Concerts will close this series with a spotlight on local talent.
The Kilgore Chamber Orchestra will take Dodson Auditorium's stage from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The group includes 12 Kilgore-area musicians under conductor Tristan Roberts.
Roberts is in his final week at Kilgore ISD – the veteran director of orchestras has, in past months, pursued and secured a spot in the Longview Police Department, fulfilling a longtime goal.
On stage Feb. 24, the chamber orchestra's violin section includes Merrie King, Russell Lewis, Emilio Paaz, Shannon Roberts and Renee Ward. The performance features Sherry Paetznick and Shane Almendarez on viola plus Mitch Moehring on double bass alongside cellists Jorge Rodriguez and Pam Martin.
Dr. Mary Heiden will play harpsicord for the show, and Kilgore High School senior Juan Lira will take the stage as well for the Telemann Viola Concerto.
Last year, after securing three touring shows for the local concert series, KCCA volunteers recruited Roberts to put together a local classical ensemble to round out the season's sound. In the fall, the nonprofit association brought Abba Fab to town followed by 3 Redneck tenors and, January, Las Vegas showman Tony Pace.
Planning for the final show of the 2017-2018 season was soon underway. Roberts says the local musicians are pleased to participate in the fine arts effort here.
“Having music, fine arts, something that connects us to the humanities and to one another is reflective of a strong, positive community,” Roberts says, “one in which people want to live and to raise a family.
“This orchestra, comprised of local talent, performs, promotes and educates musicians in and around the East Texas area. Teaching experience alone possessed by members exceeds 200 years.”
Admission to Saturday's concert is included in Kilgore Community Concerts Association's 2017-2018 season pass while single-ticket admission is $30 at the door or in advance via KilgoreConcerts.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by phone to outgoing KCCA President John Bolton at 903-988-1591 or 903-984-7753. Students attend the concert free with their school or college ID.