Symphony, orchestra to wish Mozart ‘happy birthday’

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The Sam Houston State University symphony and chamber orchestras will present a concert in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth on Jan. 28.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church.

Carol Smith, director of orchestral studies and conductor of the symphony orchestra, will share the podium with graduate assistants in orchestral studies Veronica Wilson and Scott Simmons.

The program will open with the overture to Mozart’s coronation opera “La Clemenza de Tito, K. 621” conducted by Simmons, a first year graduate student.

Faculty clarinetist Patricia Card will follow the overture with the second movement of the “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622.”

The concert will also feature professor of violin Andrew Wilson, joined by his wife, violist Veronica Wilson, in an interpretation of the opening movement of Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364,” and Kathryn Daniel, professor of flute, will follow with the slow movement “Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K.315.”

Closing the program will be the second and third movements of the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C major, No. 21, K. 467,” featuring faculty soloist and professor of piano Jay Whatley.

The orchestra will be under the direction of Wilson, a second year graduate student.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for non-SHSU students and children, and free for SHSU students, faculty and staff with an ID.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360. or check the school of music website at