Friday, December 31, 2010

the West Edge String Quartet - Christmas around the World 2010

The West Edge String Quartet whose members are violinists Kermit Poling and Elizabeth O'Bannon, violist Borys Smolaga and 'cellist Ruth Drummond presented their Christmas Holiday Concert at Frost Chapel, First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Friday, December 10. The theme was Christmas around the world, a virtual musical tour of celebrations around the world. Included and played by quartet members were a mandolin, a triangle, a tamborine and a "quack quack".

the group has recently released a CD - "Christmas Around the world"
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violinist Elizabeth O'Bannon introducing the group in Frost Chapel, FBC

violinist Kermit Poling playing the mandoline

'cellist Ruth Drummond playing the "quack quack"

 Ruth Drummond

violist Borys Smolaga - listening to the "quack quack"

violinist Kermit Poling with Elizabeh O'Bannon playing triangle

The West Edge String Quartet taking bows

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Longview Symphony Holiday Concert Friday Dec. 17 @ 7:30 PM - Belcher Center, LeTourneau College

LSO presents its Holiday Family concert Friday December 17 - 7:30 PM at the Belcher Center, LeTourneau College.


With the Longview Symphony Orchestra directed by Tonu Kalam and the Kilgore College Chorale and the East Texas Community Chorus both, directed by Jim Taylor

Maestro Tonu Kalam in rehearsal with the choirs and orchestra this week

 Members of the choir

Longview Symphony Percussion section in rehearsal
Doug, Robert, Anthony, Chan

Hear your favorite holiday classics and more

Skater's Waltz, Excerpts from the Nutcracker, Prelude to Hansel and Gretel, A Feast of Carols by Randol Alan Bass

Horn players are a messy lot

Sara and Tim

Jose' and friends


more choir members

Ah, my space - Debra

LSO trumpets - Glen, Mike and Dick

Ah, my space - - - -

the 4 caballeros - Ken, Henry, Joe, Isador

Saturday, December 11, 2010

FUMC Marshall Christmas concert on Sunday Dec. 12, 2010

First United Methodist Church of Marshall, Texas presents its annual Christmas Cantata with choir and orchestra Sunday Dec. 12 at 10:30 AM in the church sanctuary. The concert is always presented to a standing room only crowd and is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Music Minister Kenneth Sprinkle

harpist Cherith Hendrich

violist Jesse Islieb

Brass section - Tom, Cory, Heather, David, Galindo and Tim
I'm taking the photo - oh, well

 oboist Bethany Tilbury

Ceci Lau and Edward Charity

cellist Stephanie Jones

David Densmore

Galindo Rodriguez

 Cory Knippers

 Pavel and Jordan


Anthony and Felicia

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Longview Symphony begins season with Fireworks and Brahms Violin Concerto in D

Orchestra rehearsals have begun with Music Director Tonu Kalam on the podium for the 2010-2011 season and the October 2 concert promises to be a Musical "BLAST" with Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, the Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings, Bartok's Romanian Dances and the Brahms Violin Concerto in D with guest artist, violinist Shannon Lee.

Begin your Fall Season in Longview with the LSO and enjoy the evening, the delightfully cool weather and the Fireworks. 7:30 PM Concert Time

Maestro Tonu Kalam in rehearsal for the October 2nd concert at LeTourneau College
Belcher Center

Shannon Lee rehearsing the Brahms Violin Concerto in D with the Longview Symphony Orchestra in the new Fine Arts Center at Longview High School

Enjoying the "Fireworks" are L-R   LSO's Wayne Smith 1st Vice President and LSO long time supporter Dick Miller with President Randy Maines

LSO Concertmaster Isidor Saslav

Joe and Gary

Tacet time



LV High School Lobo band room - New Fine Arts center

 Henry and Callie

 LV violas

Art - the piccolo solo in Romanian Dances


Chris A
Chris P


Dress rehearsal Brahms Violin Concerto

Maestro Tonu Kalam, Shannon Lee, Concertmaster Isidor Saslav and L.V. Personnel Manager Gary Bruns

Michael Scarlato

Glenn Bessinger
The LSO Royal Fireworks trumpets, Dick Watson, Michael Scarlato and Glenn Bessinger, Oct 3, 2010

Percussionist Anthony Robinson with Principal Chandler Teague rehearsing Royal Fireworks

In concert, Tonu Kalam conducting Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings,
an absolutely gorgeous piece

violin soloist Shannon Lee with LSO Concertmaster Isidor Saslav and Music Director/Conductor Tonu Kalam Oct 3, 2010
A beautiful Brahms Violin Concerto in D

Next LSO concert "Holiday Fireworks" will be December 17, at the Belcher Center with the Kilgore College Chorale and the East Texas Community Chorus.