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Jesus Saenz, soloist in Pablo Sarasate's Gypsy Airs. Photo by Terry Cockerham.

The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving opens its 27th season with ‘Musical Gold of Peru’, in Dallas and Irving

The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Sergio Espinosa, conductor, begins its 2014-15 season with a musical celebration of Peruvian culture, as the National Geographic traveling exhibition of “Peruvian Gold” opens at the Irving Arts Center.

On opening weekend – Oct. 4, and Oct. 5 – the New Philharmonic will present a pair of concerts, with two young Peruvian violinists as guest soloists in Bach’s great Concerto for Two Violins, and in one of the concert stage’s most dazzling works, Sarasate’s "Gypsy Airs."

Both originally from Lima, Peru, they are Jesus Saenz, who completed a performance certificate at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts last year, studying with former Dallas Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Emile Borok; and Edgar Valenzuela, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving’s concertmaster.

The Saturday (Oct. 4) concert is at 8 p.m., with a reception at 7 p.m. before the concert, in downtown Dallas at the Latino Cultural Center’s concert hall, 2600 Live Oak. Sunday (Oct. 5), the orchestra’s “Sundays at the Symphony” series opens with a concert at 3:30 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Audiences will travel to South America as the orchestra plays several traditional Peruvian songs . NPOI will also perform "Night in Mexico"by Paul Creston.

North Texas’s Peruvian community and Peruvian Consulate members have been invited to participate, joining this celebration of Peruvian arts as the exhibition opens. “Peruvian Gold” will be on display at the Irving Arts Center from October 4 through December 31. The exhibition is being shown only in Washington, D.C., and in Dallas, in the United States, before these ancient gold artifacts are returned to Peru.

Dr. Espinosa is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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.

For ticket information or reservations for either concert, call the IAC box office, 972-252-2787, or go to www.IrvingArtsCenter.com. Box offices at each site will also be open from one hour before each concert. Tickets to the exhibition and exhibition information are also available at 972-252-2787.

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 the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, including full program notes for the October 5 concert, can be found at the orchestra’s Web site at www.npoirving.com.

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

—For information, contact Betty Taylor Cox, 214-369-1281, bjtwhcsb@aol.com