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The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving continues its “Sundays at the Symphony” season 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, with a concert from classical music’s “northern lights” – composers from Russia and Finland. The afternoon, at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall, features a rare performance of Alexander Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto, with soloist Donald Fabian.

Dr. Sergio Espinosa, NPOI’s conductor and musical director, has also programmed Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture, and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

Fabian is principal saxophone and soloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the soprano saxophonist with the Texas Saxophone Quartet, the first saxophone chamber music ensemble to win the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 1987.  Part of the Artist Faculty at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, Fabian also serves as personnel manager for the Dallas Wind Symphony. He holds degrees from the Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam, N.Y., and Michigan State University.

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. NPOI has performed for audiences in Irving, Euless, Dallas and throughout the Metroplex.  

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

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 its printed date. The orchestra also offers “flex” passes, including three tickets at a 33-1/3% discount from single ticket rates.

Further information about NPOI, including full program notes for the April 3 concert, can be found on the orchestra’s Web site at

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

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