The Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra has a long and distinguished tradition of orchestral performance in East Texas and around the world. The 75-member ensemble performs six concerts each season in Huntsville and tours internationally on a regular basis. Recent tours have included Hungary and the Czech Republic, the People's Republic of China and Puerto Rico. The orchestra frequently performs with distinguished guest soloists, guest conductors and choral ensembles, and their repertoire includes a broad spectrum of symphonic literature, including contemporary music and opera.
Scheduled performances for this year include Beethoven's Violin Concerto with virtuoso violin soloist, Dylana Jenson; Fanfare for the Common Man, with esteemed conductor emeritus, Dr. Carol Smith; Russian Easter Festival Overture by Rimsky-Korsakov; Dvorak Symphony #8; Purcell's Dido and Aeneus and Menotti's The Old Man and the Thief in collaboration with the opera department's Dr. Rebecca Grimes and Dr. Robert Hunt; Mozart's Requiem with Director of Choral Studies James Franklin, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Coordinator of String Studies Dr. Javier Pinell, violin, and Zachary Carrettin, viola; a newly- commissioned work composed by three SHSU faculty composers based on Sam Houston's life and featuring faculty cellist Daniel Saenz, plus the U.S. premiere performance of Gustavo Navarre's Symphony. The year closes with Beethoven's Choral Fantasy in collaboration with Director of Collaborative Piano Studies, Dr. Ilonka Rus.