Dear friends in music,
I always say, “I think this next concert will be a lot of fun!” I have to admit that
I get excited about each of our concerts as I program music that hopefully will please you and our other patrons.
However, for this concert the table has been turned. You, and other patrons like you, chose the repertoire for this concert.
At our concert in May last season each of you was given the opportunity to vote for your favorite selections performed
by the orchestra in its first ten seasons. We tallied the votes and your four favorites comprise our repertoire for this
We begin our concert this evening with Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, first performed by the SOH in 2006.
Since he wrote music celebrating his home country, Finland, and its seemingly endless struggles with neighboring Russia,
Sibelius is considered a nationalist. The hymn like theme of this piece is revered by Finns as a second national anthem.
The tune is also used in various protestant church hymnals.
Ravel’s Bolero was initially performed by the Symphony of the Hills during the
2004-2005 season. This piece can be considered to be a musical experiment by Ravel as it is comprised of two 16 bar musical
phrases superimposed above a recurring rhythmic accompaniment. Ravel, a master of orchestration varies the piece by adding
instruments and orchestral colors until it ends in a raucous finish.
|Jay B. Dunnahoo, Ed.D.
Conductor and Artistic Director
George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is one of your very favorite Symphony of the Hills selections.
This will be the third time we have performed this venerable piece, the first being in the orchestra’s
inaugural Cailloux Theater concert in the spring of 2003. Dr. Donald Crandall also served as soloist
in that first Cailloux Theater performance. Rising Star Jonathan Shim was the feature soloist
when we performed the piece a second time in 2006.
The 1812 Overture, composed by Tchaikovsky, is an all-time audience favorite known for its
interplay of two major musical themes, La Marseillaise and God Save the Tsar. This interplay is a musical presentation
of the Russia’s defeat of the Napoleon’s army in 1812. At times solemn, it is best known for its glorious use of church bells,
cannon fire, and triumphant brass music in its brilliant ending climax. The SOH first performed this piece in 2008.
On a mixed note this evening, the Symphony of the Hills salutes three young musicians who
have been integral parts of the orchestra who are graduating this spring. We are happy for them as they take this next
major step in life. We are saddened at the probability that they may not continue performing with the orchestra.
These young people are cellist Sovreyne Chadwick, trombonist Hannah McDonald, and long-time SOH violinist Eric Bowser.
Sovreyne and Hannah are graduating from Schreiner University and Eric is graduating from Our Lady of the Hills High School.
Please see their photos and bios printed elsewhere in this program.
It has been a wonderful season. Thank you for your unwavering support. We are looking forward to more “fun” concerts
All the best,
Jay B. Dunnahoo
| Symphony of the Hills Conductor
and Artistic Director Dr. Jay Dunnahoo has been associated with
a number of award-winning orchestras and has been honored with
several awards for his orchestral
work, most notably the Outstanding Music Educator Award of the
of State High School Associations.
Before moving to Kerrville and developing the community
orchestra into the Symphony of the Hills, Dr. Dunnahoo had a
long career in public school music education, including Director
of Music Education in the
40,000-student Pasadena (Texas) Independent School District. The
high school orchestra that he conducted won the Texas Music
Educators Association Honor Orchestra Award in 1976, in effect
winning the Texas State championship. He also taught in
San Angelo and Austin schools and San Jacinto College,
and he played in the San Angelo Symphony as well as in bands
accompanying the Ice Capades and Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus. He continues to help students as a teacher and as
Executive Secretary of the Texas Music
Adjudicators Association, a 1,000-member body of music
competition judges affiliated with the
state Music Educators Association. In 1992, Dr. Dunnahoo was
named Orchestra Director of the Year by the Texas Orchestra
Dr. Dunnahoo received the national award -- the only one given
to a Texas educator -- from Richard
Floyd, Director of Music Activities of the University
Interscholastic League, at the state
convention of the TMEA in San Antonio. The citation says that
the award is given "in grateful appreciation of outstanding
service and unselfish devotion to interscholastic music
Dr. Dunnahoo is a veteran of Army service, holds three
university degrees including a
doctorate from the University of Houston, and has been active in
other areas in Kerrville as a music
Schreiner University, conductor of the Hill Country Youth
Orchestras and now as Conductor and Artistic Director of the
Symphony of the Hills. He and his wife Jodie
have four children and eight grandchildren.