March 17 – Guest Artist Performance

This weekend, visiting baritone soloist Daniel Lickteig joins SSO and Austin College musicians in a recital at Wynne Chapel. Free and open to the public, this concert features the music of O’Connor, Copland, Mercadante, McGinn, Massenet, and Brahms.

Daniel Lickteig previously performed with the SSO in April, 2023, serving as the toreador in Carmen. We are happy he will be performing in Sherman once again!

Sunday, March 17
3:00pm
Wynne Chapel, Austin College

2023 Children’s Educational Concerts

2,300 people were in attendance at our 22nd annual Children’s Educational Concerts on Thursday, November 2nd. Fifth-graders from more than 25 area schools filled the hall and listened to music ranging from familiar film scores to classical standards. The concert included an opportunity for a few students to try their hand at conducting, and all students participated in a fun sing-along. To learn more and to find out how to participate, please contact us.

This program was made possible with support from Texoma Physicians Group. 

 

Photography courtesy of Sherman Independent School District

2022-2023 Season

October 22, 2022

Brahms, Symphony No. 1
Márquez, Danzón No. 2
Danzón No. 8

November 4, 2022

2022 Annual Children’s Concerts

December 3 and 4, 2022

Christmas Pops: At the Movies
Bill Conti, Theme from Rocky
Alan Menken and Michael Kosarin, Medley from Beauty and the Beast
Alan Silvestri, Theme from The Avengers
John Williams, Themes from E.T.
George Bruns, Main Theme from Jungle Book
Lalo Schifrin, Theme from Mission Impossible
Elmer Bernstein, Theme from Magnificent Seven
Albert Hague, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Chris Michaelsen, bass
John Williams, Themes from Jurassic Park
Ruth and Claude Thornhill, Snowfall
arr. Gene Puerling
Leroy Anderson, Sleigh Ride
Dan Goeller, Christmas Carol Sing-Along

March 4, 2023

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream
Overture
Intermezzo
Nocturne
Wedding March

April 29, 2023

Bizet, Carmen
  Molly Filmore, Carmen
  Wayne Crannell, Don Jose
  Patricia Vigil, Micaëla
  Daniel Licktieg, the Toreador and Morales
  Lilly Boessen, Fresquita
  Diana Racila, Mercédès
  Luke Wild, Dancarïo
            Austin College Choirs
                    Wayne Crannell, director
            Sherman High School Choirs
                    Heidi Scheibmeir, director
            Children’s Chorus of Great North Texas
                    Heidi Scheibmeir, director

March 2 — Schumann, Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

Tickets are available now for the late winter concert featuring the Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major.  This stirring symphony will surely warm your heart on a cold winter evening–join us to experience this great work of romantic music.  Called the “Rhenish,” the symphony was composed after a peaceful and happy vacation trip for Clara and Robert Schumann in 1850.  It has an amazingly cinematic first movement and includes a movement that Schumann wanted to be played as a sacred rite with a brass choir quite unlike any other Romantic work.  You will love this wonderful symphony.  Don’t forget to invite your friends and share the music!

December 2 & 3 & 5 — Christmas Pops!

Enjoy table seating at Sherman Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops concerts held at Austin College December 2, at 7:30, and December 3, at 3:00 (or join us in Ardmore, OK December 5 at Ardmore High School’s Westheimer Performing Arts Center).  Pops is all about family and friends, so bring snacks to share with your party and listen to delightful seasonal music, enjoy the coloring contest, and plan to take pictures with Santa.  Special guests and special musical surprises appear every year: this year we have a truly special treat as the SSO presents a silent film with live orchestral accompaniment!

There are reserved tables for 8 at the front of the auditorium available for an additional cost.

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November 2 — Children’s Educational Concerts

After twenty-one years of SSO Children’s Educational Concerts, it’s easy to see that no one is doing more to educate our children about the advantages of learning an orchestral instrument and fostering a love for great music (and providing it for free!).  Two concerts, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, are provided with space for 2400 students.  Last year we had two full houses, so please reserve your school’s seats early.

Fifth-graders in all Texoma school districts are invited to attend our free annual Children’s Educational Concert. Read more about this program.

October 28 — Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 (“Pathetique”)

A favorite composer, a notorious piece, a huge orchestra, and a possible mystery very close to Halloween–what could make for a more enjoyable evening?  Join the SSO for the 2023 – 2024 season opening concert as the orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s great Symphony No. 6.  The title is normally given in the French as Pathetique, but a better translation of the Russian might be Passionate.  All sorts of stories have grown up in the wake of this symphony’s premiere, since the composer died just over a week later.  Did we mention that the premiere was also October 28, exactly 130 years ago?  There might be more spooky coincidences at this concert but you’ll have to come to find out.  We’re dying to see you!

October 1 — Free BONUS! Gustavo Romero Piano Recital

Special BONUS concert offered to all!

3:00 pm — Austin College Campus, Wynne Chapel

In partnership with Austin College and the AC Music Department, superb pianist Gustavo Romero will be coming to play a recital of all Rachmaninov piano music.  Performing in the beautiful Wynne Chapel, Grum sanctuary, Romero will delight and inspire with this exciting repertoire.  What are others saying about him?

“A pianist of genius” – The Washington Post

“Mr. Romero has great agility, adequate power and an unusually large repertory of colors and dynamic levels. More important, these virtues evoked a sense of the music at hand rather than mere piano techniques” – The New York Times

“The playing is authoritative incontrovertibly Beethovenian in re-creating the composer’s style, technically immaculate and compelling in the extreme” – The Los Angeles Times

More about Mr. Romero:

Concert pianist Gustavo Romero is internationally renowned for his exceptional technical brilliance and interpretive depth and has gained an acclaimed reputation for his commitment to in-depth exploration of a wide variety of composers.

A native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, Mr. Romero discovered his love and gift for the piano at the age of five and gave his first public performances at the age of 10, when he also won his first piano competition. At 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Rudolf Serkin recognized his exceptional talent, and at the age of 14 he attended the Juilliard School.

Mr. Romero has won many prizes including first prize in the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland, The Avery Fisher Career Grant and The Musical America Young Artist Award.

He has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including: The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Honolulu Symphony, New World Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Radio France Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, New Japan Philharmonic, Shanghai Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Liège Philharmonic, a concert internationally televised from the United Nations.

For the past 24 years, Mr. Romero has performed a summer series of concerts in La Jolla, California, sponsored by the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library featuring music of one composer each year. He has presented the works of Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Händel, Liszt, Debussy, Gershwin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff, the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart, the complete four-hand and two-piano works of Mozart and Clementi and piano concerti of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Mendelssohn conducting from the keyboard.

In the 2022/23 season, Mr.Romero celebrated the 225th anniversary of the birth of Schubert presenting the completed piano sonatas as well as celebrating the 150 anniversary of the birth of Rachmaninoff with all Rachmaninoff programs.

In the 2020/21 season, Mr. Romero focused on presenting the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth from 2020 with recital tours in South Africa and the USA.

In the 2017/18 season Mr. Romero focused on the piano works of Enrique Granados, celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth. Concert tours in 2017/18 included  Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Africa and the United States.

Past seasons have taken him to France, England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, the Czech Republic, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Austria, Bulgaria, Mexico and all across the United States. Mr. Romero has performed in some of the leading concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre, The Barbican in London, The Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, The Great Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Salle Gaveau in Paris.

NPR, BBC Radio and Radio France have featured him. The Snapshots Music and Art Foundation produced a feature film about his life and artistry in 2012: Portrait in Piano.

His recordings include works by Chopin, Mompou, Debussy, Albeniz, Scarlatti and the five Beethoven concerti with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Romero is a Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.

Summer Music Camp 2023 Recap

Austin College Summer Music Camp 2023 was a huge success! What began in 2022 as a small program has grown tremendously, and we look forward to the future of this program.

Here’s a brief overview of ACSMC 2023:

  • 92 students joined us from the following cities: Sherman, Denison, McKinney, Pottsboro, Howe, Van Alstyne, Trenton, Colbert, Anna, Bonham, Savoy, Bells, Gordonville, Melissa, Whitesboro, Leonard, Pilot Point
  • ACSMC 2023 was open to middle and high school strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and voice (2022: strings, brass, woodwinds only)
  • For comparison, 40 students attended in our first year, 2022. 18 of those students returned as campers in 2023, and two former campers returned as members of the staff.
  • 14 faculty joined us from Austin College, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, and the following school districts: Sherman, Denison, Denton, McKinney, Plano, Prosper
  • All 2022 faculty returned in 2023, and we added faculty from McKinney, Sherman, and Austin College to create opportunities for percussion and voice students.
  • Our staff of 8 people consisted of current AC students and former ACSMC campers
  • Each student participated in a chamber group (~4-6 musicians) as well as a larger ensemble.
  • All students took two electives each day, choosing from the following: Music Theory, Music History, Conducting, Jazz Improvisation
  • Camp faculty and guest artists provided daily performances and topical presentations for the students
  • The camp recital on June 16 filled Wynne Chapel - standing room only! 20 student chamber groups and 7 large ensembles shared their work. All students demonstrated their ability to learn and perform brand-new music in five days.

KXII news piece, June 12, 2023

Stay tuned for information about ACSMC 2024!

 

SSOA hires first ever full-time Executive Director!

The SSOA announces new full-time Executive Director, Aaron Bucy

The Sherman Symphony Orchestra Association (SSOA) has hired its first-ever full-time Executive Director!  "This is a big step in the natural evolution of our organization," says Music Director Daniel Dominick.  "Having an Executive Director positions us to lead in a time for historic growth in Sherman and north Texas.  We are excited to welcome Aaron Bucy to the SSOA and look for great things to come with his leadership and experience."

The Sherman Symphony Orchestra Association (SSOA) is a local non-profit Board of Directors that oversees the operations of the 58-year-old Sherman Symphony Orchestra (SSO), including educational programs and artistic programs. The organization oversees production of 7 – 9 symphony concerts each season and educational programs that serve more than 3000 area students. Sherman and all of North Texas are growing at a fantastic rate and the SSOA is matching that growth.

Mr. Bucy arrives just in time to begin running the 2023 - 2024 concert season ticket sales, season brochure mailing, and many other details that the start of the season entails.  "It's a busy time, but we are excited to have new leadership and new ideas," says Music Director Dominick.