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The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving concludes its special “Connections” season with a concert 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the Irving Arts Center.  The program—which, like the entire coronavirus-restricted season, features smaller ensembles from the orchestra—includes works for string orchestra, large woodwind ensemble, a brass fanfare, and a commissioned work for brass ensemble and trumpet soloist.

Dr. Sergio Espinosa, conductor and music director, has chosen “Suite for Strings” by John Rutter, “Petite Symphonie” for nine winds by Charles Gounod, “Commemorative Fanfare” for brass and timpani by John Cheetham, and “Suite for Solo Trumpet, Brass and Percussion” by Charles Mandernach. Larry Spencer is trumpet soloist.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and seniors, and $5 for students. To attend, make reservations at the IAC box office (972-252-ARTS). The concert will be online for free streaming from Sunday, May 23 through June on YouTube or from links at

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, computer science, film-making and others. NPOI has performed for audiences in Irving, Euless, Dallas and throughout the Metroplex.  

More information about NPOI can be found on the orchestra’s website at 

This concert season is supported in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board; by the Morton Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas; by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Orchestra portraits are by Terry Cockerham Photography.

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