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The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Sergio Espinosa, conductor, joins advanced orchestra students from the Irving ISD string programs 3:30 p.m. May 17 to light up the Irving Art Center’s Carpenter Hall stage with “Symphonic Sparkle!”

The concert, which concludes the orchestra’s 2014-15 Sundays at the Symphony series, features student violinist Miguel Guzmán, winner of NPOI’s annual Richard Giangiulio youth concerto competition. Miguel, a senior at Dallas’ Arts magnet High School, will play the first and second movements of Max Bruch’s evocative “Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra.”

The New Philharmonic and the IISD orchestra students will join forces for Georges Bizet’s “Suite L’Arlesienne No. 2.” NPOI will also play Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5,” inspired, the composer said, by “immortal Mozart.”

This May 17 concert is also the occasion for the orchestra’s annual Silent Auction, at 2:30 p.m., before the concert in the lobby of the Irving Arts Center. The auction will feature concert and theater tickets, museum memberships, restaurant gift cards, musical items and more, starting at 50 percent of their usual value.  Donated by more than 100 arts and entertainment groups and individuals, the silent auction sales help make possible the orchestra's Sundays at the Symphony concert series and work with Irving schools.  

Dr. Espinosa is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. A specialist in string music education, he has given workshops and presentations throughout the United States, Canada, China and Australia. He also serves as Senior Music Examiner for the International Baccalaureate organization in Wales, United Kingdom.

The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving is a community orchestra, consisting of trained musicians who choose to continue to play their instruments while they serve in other professions: teaching, accounting, film-making and others. Celebrating its 27th season this year, the orchestra has performed for audiences in Irving, Euless, Dallas and throughout the Metroplex.  The orchestra’s annual concerto competition is named in honor of longtime conductor Richard Giangiulio, and carries a $500 scholarship.

For ticket information or reservations, call the IAC box office at 972-252-2787, or go to www.IrvingArtsCenter.com.

General admission tickets to NPOI concerts range from $10 to $18. Any unused concert ticket can be applied to a later concert in the series, despite the printed date.

Further information about NPOI, including full program notes for the May 17 concert, can be found on the orchestra’s Web site at www.npoirving.com.

This concert season is supported in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.

            

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