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The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving presents “A Big Canvas – Mahler, Fauré” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall. The concert wraps up the orchestra’s 30th anniversary “Sundays at the Symphony” series for 2017-18. It will be preceded by NPOI’s annual silent auction, at 2:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Hall lobby.

Dr. Sergio Espinosa, NPOI’s conductor and musical director, has put together a very large orchestra for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”), the composer’s personal essay on living.  The New Philharmonic will also play Gabriel Fauré’s delicate “Suite from the play, Pelleás et Melisande.”

NPOI’s annual silent auction (2:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Hall lobby) offers the public tickets for concerts, museums, ballet, theaters, restaurants, health and beauty venues, art works, musical instruments, and lessons. Bidding begins at half what the items are worth.

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.  

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

Further information about NPOI can be found on the orchestra’s Web site at

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