WT Symphony Orchestra to perform free homecoming pop concert

CANYON – A pop concert that could help make audiences feel right at home will kick off the season of the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra will perform their Homecoming pops concert at 7:30 p.m. on October 7 in the Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the Canyon campus. Free entry.

“This concert will be an evening of both great classics and modern hits,” said Dr Mark Bartley, Director of Orchestral Activities, Associate Director of the School of Music and Music Professor Lilith Brainard. “Our program celebrates home and the emotions that come with it – the desire to be home, the coming home, and the comfort of being where you belong most.

Evgeny Zvonnikov, Harrington lecturer in violin, will be featured in “Carmen Fantasy” by Pablo de Sarasate, on themes from the opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet.

Kayla Richardson, a major junior in Amarillo’s music industry, will be featured on “Come Back Home”, a song from her 2020 EP “Seventeen”.

Kayla Richardson, a major junior in Amarillo's music industry, will be featured on

“What a remarkably talented musician,” Bartley said. “She’s been captivating audiences in the area by singing and playing for years now. Her original song was a perfect fit for our theme, so we put together a special set for her and the orchestra.

The concert will also include the overture “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Venus, the bearer of peace” from “The planets” by Gustav Holst, “Gandalf” from “The Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij, themes from “Apollo 13” by James Horner and “Danzón No. 2” by Arturo Marquez.

The free concert is part of WT’s upcoming Homecoming 2021 celebrations, which will take place October 2-9.

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