CSO presents Dancing to a Different Tune with guest conductor Myles Nardinger
CONROE, TX – The Conroe Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Guest Conductor Mr. Myles Nardinger, of the Moores School of Music, presents Dance to a different tuneOctober 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Creek High School in Montgomery.
Dance to a different tune will pay homage to a variety of dance genres with classical and contemporary melodies such as the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms, A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Bacchanale” by Samson and Dalila by Saint-Saëns, “Montaigus et Capulets” by Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, Waltz from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, a modern Beatles Medley and more.
Mr. Myles Nardinger is a conductor and pianist currently completing his Doctorate in Music at the University of Houston, where he served as Deputy Conductor and General Manager of Orchestras at the Moores School of Music.
“I am honored to perform with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra and know this concert offers something for every member of the family,” Nardinger said. “As the theme suggests, we’re keeping things lively with this next gig — to celebrate a desire to go out and enjoy live music and dancing, on a stage,” Nardinger said.
As Music Director and Conductor, Nardinger’s past productions include La Traviata, La Cenerentola, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Secret Garden and Batboy: The Musical. As a collaborative artist, he has performed at the Finger Lakes Music Festival in New York and at the La Musica Lirica opera festival in Italy, as well as accompanied for the Indianapolis Opera, Ball State University Opera Theater, Butler University Opera and the Virginia City Players in Montana. . In 2016, Mr. Nardinger took part in the editing of Kurt Vonnegut’s opera Happy Birthday Wanda June by Richard Auldon Clark and acted as the lead coach for the production of his world premiere with the Indianapolis Opera.
The concert will also celebrate the life of its visionary founder and music lover, Mary Curtis Taylor, who recently passed away. Of her desire to host the symphony, Taylor said, “I have been a symphony musician all my life and thought we had to give that to the community. Conroe is a great town, with country music and barbecues, but I thought we needed another avenue for music here – the symphony. His wish was to see the symphony one day move into its own performance hall.
“Mary Curtis Taylor was a total visionary in every sense of the word,” said Annette Spikes, President of the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance. “She was an inspired forward-looking leader and her presence will be forever missed by our artistic community,” said Spikes.
Tickets for Dance to a different tune are available online. Ticket prices are $ 20 for adults and $ 10 for children over 10 years old. Season tickets are also available online for $ 80, which includes tickets for each of the four paid shows as well as two additional guest tickets for 2021-2022. The October 9 concert will be held at Lake Creek High School, 20639 FM 2854, Montgomery, Texas and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Conroe Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by funds from the City of Conroe and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Conroe Symphony Orchestra is a member of the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance and the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras.
For more details on the event, visit conroesymphony.org.
The Conroe Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1997. Since its inception, the Symphony Orchestra has continued under the direction of several excellent musicians, including Dr. Robert Zwick, Dr. Don Hutson, Dr. Jacob Sustaita and Ms. Anna- Maria Gkouni, the first conductor, who recently resigned for health reasons.
The 2021-22 season will be marked by a group of guest conductors who showcase the incredible talent of the Greater Houston Symphony Conductors. The October 9 concert will be conducted by Mr. Myles Nardinger, Moores School of Music. The February 2022 concert will be conducted by Darla McBryde, Deputy Band Director and Associate Director of the Bearkat Marching Band at Sam Houston University. The April 2022 concert will be conducted by Dr. Dan Dr. Kayoko Dan, Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University.
The Conroe Symphony Orchestra was created to add to the cultural enrichment of the community, ensuring a better quality of life for the Conroe area.
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