Never Miss a Beat: Teens & LPO Mix for Music
The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra is getting ready for another season that kicks off tomorrow. And today, musicians gathered for a last minute rehearsal that included more than just the professionals. Our Annette Garcia spoke with the eager high school teenagers. She has more on the story.
"What to some may seem like madness turns to magic in only seconds. In its 30th year, the Laredo Philharmonic proudly put the finishing touches on a concert series set to kick off on Sunday. Brendan Townsend, Music Director of the L.P.O., said, 'We've got music from Beethoven, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky among others.' Joining the 70 professional musicians are dozens of teenagers--all from local high schools--who say they're working extra hard and not missing a beat.
'I think it's a really nice experience as a freshman to be able to be a part of this,' says a student. Some agree the opportunity caught them by surprise. The students didn't even know they were going to take part in the concert until a few days ago. Javier Vera, a senior at Alexander High School, says, 'Just this week on Wednesday or Thursday so I just found out about this recently.' Another student said, 't\They said it had to be memorized. I said what? I just got the music.' The orchestra's director says seeing the young musicians participate is inspiring. 'They were giving it all they could. They were here yesterday morning rehearsing and memorizing all the music,' says Townsend. And despite the rush, students agree they'll be ready to show him what they've got. 'Yeah I pretty much memorized it already.' Annette Garcia, Pro 8 News." The concert takes place at 3 tomorrow afternoon at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Center at L.C.C. Tickets are available at the door and are 25 dollars and 18 dollars for seniors. Students with a valid student I.D. get in free.