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Irving Arts Center – The Lone Star Youth Orchestra invites you to join us for “A Voyage Down the Danube”

Irving Arts Center – The Lone Star Youth Orchestra invites you to join us for “A Voyage Down the Danube”

 The Lone Star Youth Orchestra will continue its 21st season on March 4th with a concert titled “A Voyage Down the Danube”.  This melodic journey features music from, or inspired by, the countries of Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Serbia.  Composers represented on this program range from Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (Felix’s lesser-known, but highly accomplished sister) to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Works by Béla Bartók and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky are also included on the travel itinerary for LSYO’s first fantastic voyage of the new decade!

This is a unique opportunity to hear the Mendelssohn-Hensel “Overture in C”; the only orchestral work she composed.  Although most of Fanny’s music was written for voice or keyboard, she had a wonderful grasp of how to use wind and string instruments.  Like many of her works, the Overture remained unpublished during her lifetime.  Study of the original manuscript from its first and only performance (which she herself conducted), appears to indicate it was written circa 1830-1832 when Fanny was in her mid-twenties.  An edited, typeset score was published by Furore Edition in 1994, but this new edition removed the work from the public domain.  The orchestral parts are only available via rental agreement from a licensing agent in Germany!  So, we are very fortunate that the Lone Star Youth Orchestra has been given this chance to perform a rare gem by an under-appreciated female composer.

Now in his fifth year as conductor of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, Dr. Kevin Pearce brings a unique combination of a world-class musical background and an unending commitment to education. Pearce earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of North Texas, in the studio of David Itkin.  He currently teaches orchestra in the Rockwall ISD.  Prior to his move to North Texas, Pearce served from 2008-2013 as the inaugural Director of Orchestras at Cypress Lakes High School in the western suburbs of Houston.  During his tenure, the Cypress Lakes Orchestras won multiple UIL Sweepstakes awards, as well as top honors in local and national festivals.

The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and is one of the most pivotal pre-college experiences for talented high school instrumentalists.  Membership in the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is open to all middle and high school string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players.  The LSYO offers rolling auditions throughout the season for interested student musicians.  Additional information regarding auditions can be found at or by calling (972) 252-4800.

Single tickets are available by visiting, by calling (972) 252-2787, or by purchase at the door.  Ticket prices are $6.50 per student and $13.50 for adults.  All seating is general admission.  “A Voyage Down the Danube” will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall.  The Arts Center address is 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX  75062.