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American country music artist and Vidor native Tracy Byrd, along with his band, will be joining the SOST on stage for our second pops concert this season, “Best of Byrd.” This is an innovative and exciting endeavor for all involved as it is the first appearance for Byrd and his band with a symphony orchestra and a new musical journey for the SOST.
Byrd broke through on the country music scene with his 1993 single “Holdin' Heaven,” which reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. His career spans over two decades, including 30 chart-reaching singles and nine albums, four of which were certified gold and one double platinum. He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
Some of his most memorable hits include “Watermelon Crawl,” “The Keeper of the Stars,” “I’m from the Country” and “(Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got.”
Following his 2007 album “Different Things,” Byrd decided to take a break from the recording studio and tour life to spend time with his family in Beaumont.
As always, Byrd is sure to have you dancing in the aisles and then warming your hearts with that marvelous voice that made him a legend.
“We are so excited to be sharing the stage with this hometown Southeast Texas Country artist,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton II.
Concert Sponsor: Capital One Bank
Artist Sponsor: Kinsel Ford
Our choral concert is always a fantastic performance with so many voices and instruments working together in glorious harmony!
Concert Sponsor: Rosine McFaddin Wilson
Artist/Choral Sponsor: Baptist Hospital
Wit, charm, romance, rhythmic verve, and masterly orchestration combine in what many consider to be one of Rachmaninoff’s greatest compositions – his “Paganini Variations.” The orchestra performs this masterwork with the amazing Christopher O’Reilly as our piano soloist. Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s “From the Top.” As a classical pianist, he performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences by performing piano arrangements of popular alternative music from Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and more. His playing has been described as being “laced with an otherworldly elegance that can’t be duplicated.”
On the second half of the concert we have one of the greatest orchestral masterpieces, “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz. This symphony describes the tortured dreams of a sensitive artist in lovesick despair who becomes haunted by visions of an unattainable woman. This will be the first time the SOST has performed “Symphonie Fantastique.”
Concert co-sponsors: Regina Rogers and Symphony League of Beaumont