A musical weekend

Whirlwind of music passes through Texarkana


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Story by Craig Crawford, in-depth editor

World-renowned flutist, Sir James Galway, and his wife, Lady Galway, are coming to Texarkana as part of his Living Legend of the Flute tour to play  Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Perot Theatre at 7:45 p.m.

Galway, born in Belfast, Ireland, received training from renowned flutist Jean Pierre-Rampal and quickly established himself as the subsequent flute virtuoso.

Galway rose to international fame, playing for the nobilities of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, president George W. Bush and president Clinton.

The concert’s first half highlights the music of Frenchmen Phillipe Guabert, Gabriel Faure and Francis Poulenc.

The second half pays homage to his countrymen heritage and pedigree, playing Hamilton Harty’s Fantasy and David Overton’s Irish Folk Songs.

Tickets for the event can be purchased on the website of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council. Tickets are available at a discounted price for students with a student I.D.

Beginning at 7:30, the TRAHC Hero Awards will be presented to commemorate local achievements in the arts.

Then on Saturday, guest conductor Steven Jarvi and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra take the stage to “TSO Musical Friends.” The concert features the orchestral music of serialist Arnold Schoenberg, and Saturday, Oct. 6 is also the TSO’s debut of British composer Sir Edward Elgar’s music, specifically the “Enigma Variations.”

The highlight of the concert will be Kiril Laskarov playing the solo violin in Felix Mendelssohn’s widely popular virtuosic feature: the Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64.

Kiril Laskarov will be playing the 1712 Le Brun Stradivarius violin, anonymously lent to him in 2016. At an auction in 2001, the Le Brun was valued between $650,000 and one million dollars.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert can be purchased here.

“It’s very important for young people to go to local, high quality quality classical music and cultural events,” the professor of piano at Texarkana College and co-founder of the TSO Mary Scott Goode said. “You can talk about it, and you can hear about it, but there’s nothing like being there.”