Symphony League to host second unique chamber music concert in district courtroom

Format features both classical and foot-stompin’ tunes

From Staff Reports 

May 6, 2007 - Last year, the Sulphur Springs Symphony League happened upon a clever chamber concert set list that was so well received, they have decided to do a repeat.

�Half the music was from the classical repertoire, beautifully performed by a string quartet,� said League President Tom Stewart. �The other half was foot-stomping, high energy, let-your-hair-down stuff, leading up to a rendition of the �Orange Blossom Special� that fairly knocked the plaster off the walls in the District Courtroom last year.�

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. The league is returning to the scene of last year’s success, hosting this year’s show in the Hopkins County District Courtroom on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. They’re even using the same musicians from last year.

�Tom Demers and five other talented musicians � the same group who produced that magical evening in 2006 � are returning,� Steward said.�

At 16, Demers was already playing violin with the Tucson Symphony. Demers, who currently plays with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by violinist Mark Miller, concertmaster of the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra and the East Texas Symphony in Tyler. Miller also performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Opera.

Ute Miller, viola, is the principal violist for the Dallas Opera and the East Texas Symphony. She also performs with the Forth Worth and Dallas Symphony orchestras. She is married to Mark Miller.

� Steven Harlos, keyboard, is the staff keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is the coordinator of piano and collaborative piano at the University of North Texas. In 1986, Steve made his debut at Lincoln Center performing Gershwin�s Concerto in F.

� Carol Higa Harlos, cello, plays with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Texas Chamber Orchestra. She is married to Steven Harlos.

� Drew Phelps, string bass, has worked with the Dixie Chicks, Dave Zoller Quartet, James Clay and Sarah Hickman. He is also a composer and leads a band.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. 

�We urge everyone to attend this concert,� Stewart said. �It doesn�t get much better than this.�

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