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The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving presents “Dreams for the Holidays” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10, in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall. The concert—full of storybook music for the holidays—continues NPOI’s “Sundays at the Symphony” series, with all concerts conveniently scheduled for afternoon listening.

The orchestra will play Felix Mendelssohn’s overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Englebert Humperdinck’s opera overture to “Hänsel and Gretel,” Carl Maria von Weber’s overture to the opera “Der Freischütz,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.

Also at this concert, the orchestra will feature winners of its annual Grace Note Awards, given to honor organizations that have contributed significantly to the arts in north Texas. This year’s awards go to five cities which are leading the way in supporting the arts. Their arts commissions—which make that support specific—will be receiving awards from NPOI.

The honorees are: the Arts Council of Fort Worth (since 1963), award to be accepted by Karen Wiley, president; the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission(1966), Shanna Sims-Bradish, assistant city manager; the Plano Cultural Affairs Commission(1982), Tom Venner, chairman, and Nadia McInnis, vice-chairman; the City of Irving Department of Arts and Culture(1986), Todd Hawkins, executive director of arts and culture, and Lins Morgan, Irving Arts Board; and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs(1989), Jennifer Scripps, director of cultural affairs

New Philharmonic of Irving’s conductor, Dr. Sergio 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.  

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 $20. The orchestra also offers “flex” passes, including three tickets at a substantial discount from single ticket rates.

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