Symphony League resuming chamber concert series on May 8
From Staff Reports

April 25, 2006 -- Can Mozart and Lucy Goosey share the same musical program? Or, for that matter, would a Schubert trio feel comfortable alongside the "The Devil Went Down to Georgia?"

Answer: Should make for an interesting evening.

All of the above will be performed Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the District Courtroom  of Hopkins County Courthouse as the Sulphur Springs Symphony League resumes its series of twice-yearly chamber concerts.

When working together, the six musicians performing at the concert use the name "Mt. Vernon Music" because their base is an old church in that Franklin County town.

"These are all highly trained musicians, some of whom work regularly with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Chamber Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony, " said Tom Stewart, president of the Symphony League. "There's years of international seasoning in their backgrounds. And they like the music they play -- all of it."

Stewart noted that Tom Demer, a DSO violist for more than 20 years, was the youngest member of the Tucson Symphony when, at 16, he won his first old-time fiddlers contest, an arena most symphony musicians would hesitate to enter.

"He's still working both sides of the street, classics and freelance fiddling, Stewart said.

Mark and Ute Miller, the husband and wife violinist and violist team who did much of the instructing in the early days of the Strings program for Sulphur Springs Independent School District, will be joined by another musical couple, Carol Harlos on cello and Steve Harlos on piano, in the classical portion of the program, performing works by Mozart, Schubert, Alessandro Rolla and Robert Fuchs.

After intermission, Steve Harlos will join Demer and bassist Drew Phillips in performing "Drew's Blues," "Sweet Sorrow," "Lucy Goosey," "Patchin' Up," "Old Timey Medley," "Fiddlin' Around" "Ashokan Farewell" and "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." Demer, Harlos and and Phelps perform regularly under the name The Co-op.

Tickets for the concert cost $15 and may be purchased at Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce or at the door on the night of the concert. Refreshments will be served during the intermission.

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