Plano Symphony Orchestra: Entertaining and Engaging Musical Experiences in the North Texas Area
The Plano Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra in its 29th Season providing entertaining and engaging musical experiences in the North Texas area. The Plano Symphony Orchestra, established in 1983, has a mission to inspire, educate, entertain, and involve the children, youth, and adults of our community in the enjoyment of great music. Building from three concerts in 1983-84, the Plano Symphony Orchestra today has over 25 concerts and over 100 solo, ensemble, and educational appearances yearly. It is governed by a Board of Directors and has established volunteer committees such as the Guild, Applause and Advisory Council to assist in attaining its goals and carrying out its programs.
The Plano Symphony Orchestra offers an eight concert subscriptions series performed at the Eisemann Center in Richardson with some concerts at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The 2011-2012 “That’s Entertainment” season includes incredible guest artists such as acclaimed pianist Norman Krieger, phenomenal Polish violinist, Mariusz Patyra and North Texas favorite Donnie Ray Albert.
The Symphony also offers a Family Symphony Sunday Series, a fun, interactive series of five concerts guaranteed to be an enjoyable and memorable afternoon for children and adults alike! October 2011 begins the series with four ensemble concerts held at the Frisco Discovery Center in Frisco. Each ensemble concert is an interactive experience that introduces the audience to the String, Percussion, Woodwind and Brass instrument families. Read More
The Spooky Symphony concert held at the Eisemann Center on October 30, 2011 brings all the instrument families together as the entire Plano Symphony Orchestra performing music from Superman, Star Wars and Halloween favorites. The four ensemble concerts are held again in the City of Plano’s Courtyard Theatre in 2012. All the Family Series concerts have pre-concert lobby activities such as the Instrument Petting Zoo (our family of instruments), Story-board and I-pod Station, Conductor’s Station, craft station and more.
Education is an important part of the mission and promise to the community. The Plano Symphony offers a program for all Plano, Lewisville, and Wylie fourth graders, Frisco fifth graders, and private school and home-schooled children. Curriculum is collaboratively designed by Symphony staff and school district fine arts professionals to provide a comprehensive program. Beginning in the classroom with instruction from the school music specialist, the student becomes familiar with musical and rhythmic ideas, the composers, etc. An orchestra musician visits the classrooms so that children experience an up-close and personal instrumental demonstration, and learn about professional arts. The program culminates with over 9,000 students experiencing one of eight concerts with the full orchestra at the Eisemann. In addition, many schools, libraries and area festivals book the Instrument Petting Zoo, a collection of real instruments children can pick up and handle. The Petting Zoo also includes story boards with I-Pods for each instrument family. Children can listen to our Music Conductor explain the different instruments while reading along on the story boards.
The Plano Symphony Orchestra also has a vibrant Debutante program for young women in high school that includes an extensive program of educational classes, cultural and social events, and volunteer opportunities at Plano Symphony concerts and fund-raising events. Debutantes demonstrate leadership abilities and support their community through their volunteer efforts. Debutante candidates are selected in their sophomore year in high school and are presented at a formal Debutante Presentation Ball in the fall of their senior year.
For tickets and information regarding our 2011-2012 season, visit our website at www.planosymphony.org or call their office at 972-473-7262.