East Texas Symphony Orchestra holds concert on the square Sept. 16


East Texas Symphony Orchestra will draw attention to its new season with a free concert on Friday on the downtown Tyler square featuring several of its musicians.

The annual "Lunch with Symphony on the Square" is set from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to an announcement from the ETSO staff.

Lunch meals will be sold for $5.

The orchestra will begin its subscription season on Sept. 24 with "Rock the Classics," a concert that will explore connections between popular music and classical music.

Music Director Richard Lee will serve as the moderator and Dirk Meyer, music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, will serve as the conductor.

Joining ETSO will be a the Stanley's Bar-B-Q All Star Band, a group of musicians assembled by the Nick Pencis, the restaurant's owner. Stanley's features live music almost nightly.

The concert will illustrate how melodies of Beethoven, Bach, Rossini and Brahms are reflected in more contemporary music.

The orchestra performs at The University of Texas at Tyler's Cowan Center.

-Danny Mogle


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