In celebration of its tenth season, the Union Symphony Orchestra performed an important concert Sunday afternoon at The Batte Center at Wingate University. Before the concert began at 4 PM, Vivace Strings—a youth ensemble directed by Adam Rafferty—performed in the rotunda for guests as they entered the performance hall. The symphony began its concert, “Invitation to the New World,“ with a lively overture performance of Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga‘s Los Ésclavos Felices. This piece set the stage for the featured performance of Tchaikovsky‘s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D with award-winning violin soloist Jessica Mathaes.
Jessica Mathaes has played the violin since the fourth grade, and at the age of 25, she became the youngest and first female concertmaster of the Austin Symphony. She first started playing the Tchaikovsky concerto just last year. Since then, she has performed it with other orchestras, but states that the Union Symphony has been her favorite. She has worked with Richard Rosenberg at the National Music Festival and was excited to work with him again.
After intermission, Executive Director Kim Norwood addressed the celebratory tenth season. This concert was distinctive in that Union Symphony was able to place 65 musicians onstage, the largest ensemble to date. She expressed her excitement for the next decade and announced a survey that will soon be open to the public for comments and suggestions for another successful decade. Mrs. Norwood addressed the Union Symphony League—a vital addition to the symphony that promotes and organizes social events. Under Chair Donna Norwood, these women have had a successful season including their highly popular holiday home tour.
The symphony finished the concert with a captivating performance of Antonin Dvořák‘s New World Symphony. The Union Symphony League hosted a reception for symphony patrons following the conclusion of the concert. The seasonal sponsors for the Union Symphony are BetterCarPeople and Big Ring. Union Symphony also partners with the Union County Community Arts Council, Union County Public Schools, and The Batte Center at Wingate University.
Shown above L to R: USO Manager Dave Markgraf, Jessica Mathaes, and USO Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg
Fri ̶ Sat: 10 AM ̶ 4 PM