Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
September 20, 2006

Symphony of the Hills to Begin Season Oct. 5

Symphony of the Hills group Symphony of The Hills will begin its season Oct. 5 with a performance featuring one of Texas’ premier classical musicians.

Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio will be the soloist in the Violin Concerto in D Minor by legendary Finnish composer Jan Sibelius.

The 7:30 p.m. concert in Kerrville's Cailloux Center for the Performing Arts will feature mostly Scandinavian works. In addition to the three-movement concerto, the 80-member orchestra will play Sibelius' “Finlandia,” Edvard Grieg's four-movement “Peer Gynt Suite No. 2” and Hugo Alfven's “Midsummer Vigil: Swedish Rhapsody,” all under direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Jay Dunnahoo.

Well-known singer and actor Dan Groat will open the concert by leading the audience in the national anthem. Prior to the start of the concert, the 115-member Hill Country Youth Orchestra will play in the lobby of the Cailloux Center.

Based at Schreiner University in Kerrville, the Symphony of the Hills is made up of professional musicians from throughout the Hill Country, San Antonio and Austin areas, along with faculty members and advanced students of music at Schreiner.

Kerrville-area members include French horn player Richard Layman of Ingram and violinists Karen, Patricia and Brad Lee, Cathy Learoyd, Ralph Chalfant, Aleta Domingue, Elena Dalton, Ed Wallace and Sue Moss; violist Karen Billingslee; cellists Daniel Prislovsky, Mark Nugent and Laura Emmons; flautists Michelle Adam and Katie Jones; bassoonists Jan Schmidt and Sandy Fusilier; clarinetists Tom Terrell and Margie Schwartz; French horn player Bonnie Rockey; trumpeters George Eychner and Jason Adam; trombonists Jim Abbatiello and Ted Conerly; pianist Don Crandall and percussionists Jeff Miller, Jeffrey Rector, Kathryn Miller and Jonathan Shim, all of Kerrville.

Schreiner members are violinists Mary Wingo, Tim Tucker, Katie Beth Lane, and Jessie Hudson; violist Mari Van Dusen; cellists Basil Sarweh, Graham Low and Ashley Moore; double bassist Kristen Glass; flautist Kendra Early and French horn player Brett Rozek.

Upcoming concerts will be Nov. 30, Feb. 22 and April 26, with the children's concert scheduled for the afternoon of Feb. 22.

Sant'Ambrogio, concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony since 1994, is founder and director of the Cactus Pear Music Festival, which plays chamber music concerts each summer in San Antonio, Austin and the Hill Country. She has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony in Kerrville and Fredericksburg and the Symphony of the Hills in previous seasons.  A student of the violin since she was five and a performer nearly as long, she has played with the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and chamber music ensembles throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Latin America and Africa and taught in a half-dozen U.S. and Canadian music festivals.

Three compact discs by the Cactus Pear group will be on sale at the Oct. 5 concert, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to the Symphony.

The parent Symphony of the Hills Assn. has Section 501(c)3 status under the Internal Revenue Code, making donations eligible for deduction from federal income tax. In addition to ticket sales, donations and advertising are essential to orchestra's ability to operate with a full complement of classical musicians.

Further information on the orchestra is available at the symphony offices, call 830-792-7469 or write to Box 2329, Kerrville, TX 78029 or visit

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