2023-2024 West Texas Symphony

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From the Board President 9 From the Executive Director ................................................................................. 10 From the Music Director 12 Music Director Biography 13 Ticket Pricing ........................................................................................................ 16 2023-2024 Orchestra Personnel 17 2023-2024 Board of Directors & Staff 18 Odessa Symphony Guild ...................................................................................... 20 Midland Symphony Guild 21 Symphony SoundBites 25 Music Education ................................................................................................... 37 OUR SEASON 2023-2024 Season 22 Happy 150th, Rachmaninoff! ................................................................................ 26 Cirque Musica Symphonic 34 An Americana Salute to Our Veterans 42 Sounds of the Season .......................................................................................... 46 OUR CHAMBER ENSEMBLES Instrumental Ensembles 14 Choral Ensembles 15 2023-2024 Chamber Concerts. ............................................................................ 24 OUR CONTRIBUTORS / DONORS 2023-2024 Sponsors 53 2023-2024 Fund Drive Contributors 55 Endowment Fund Contributors ............................................................................. 57 Advertiser Index 74
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On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome to the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center and the 2023-2024 season of your West Texas Symphony!

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in our West Texas community through professional music performance and through music education. In How Music Works, David Byrne wrote “You can’t touch music—it exists only at the moment it is being apprehended—and yet it can profoundly alter how we view the world and our place in it.” Music has power. Early involvement in music education has been shown to improve literacy, mathematical achievement, and social and emotional wellbeing and connection. Studies show that in adults, just listening to music can play a role in reduction of anxiety and pain, and improvement in sleep quality and memory and recall. Music crosses barriers of language, politics, and culture, and creates and strengthens communities. We are thrilled that you have joined us tonight to see and hear the power of live symphonic music, and we hope that you share this experience with your friends and family!

This 61st season has something for everyone. Our Masterworks Series begins with a birthday tribute to Sergei Rachmaninoff in September. Veterans Day brings a Salute honoring service members and featuring popular Americana repertoire. In February, we shine a Spotlight on WTS Co-Principal Trumpet Ben Fairfield, and the Masterworks Series ends with a Brahms performance featuring local student musicians.

The Pops and Family Series kicks off with Cirque Musica Symphonic – a beautiful combination of live symphonic music and some of the greatest circus performers in the world! You’ll also get to see renowned jazz pianist Wally Minko and have an evening of fantasy on May the 4th. As ever, we will open the December season with West Texas’ best holiday tradition, our Sounds of the Season concert that will feature not only the West Texas Symphony, but all chamber ensembles, choral groups, and a return appearance by the Baker Family!

In addition to these wonderful shows with the full orchestra, don’t forget the West Texas Symphony Chamber Chorale, the West Texas Winds, Permian Basin String Quartet, Lone Star Brass, and the Voices of the Permian Basin. Your program book is a wealth of information on each specific performance (be sure to read all of the program notes for special details and insights). Make sure you are following the West Texas Symphony on your preferred social network and our website (www.WTXS.org) for the most up-to-date news and announcements.

Finally, thank you – to our patrons, our sponsors, our donors – for your continued support. You make it all happen!



Welcome to tonight’s performance in the Cultural Capital of West Texas!

Whether you are a long-time subscriber, first time patron, or visiting our beloved Midland-Odessa for the weekend, tonight’s orchestra - in our world-class Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center - will surround you with a superior acoustic. Lead by Maestro Gary Lewis, the musicians of the West Texas Symphony deeply enjoy playing great music, with great virtuosity, with you.

With you: By experiencing the symphony in person, not only do you demonstrate your commitment to music, but you enhance the potential of a magical and memorable experience. Your cheer at a ‘knockout note’, your applause at the end of a movement, your silence in those extremely quiet, vulnerable musical passages, all play a part in making our symphony one of the best in Texas!

So again, welcome! We trust you will enjoy tonight’s experience with your West Texas Symphony.

The West Texas Symphony is fundamental to our local music and arts community. With over 17 events on our sellable season, performances with local arts nonprofits and touring groups, and educational outreach to our K-12 schools, ticket revenue only covers a small part of our annual expenses. We rely on concert sponsorships, fund drive donations, guild donations, endowment distributions, and grant revenue to serve our mission. To ensure the highest level of musicianship stays in West Texas, we hope that you will consider donating to the annual fund drive or providing a Legacy gift to our endowment. As a 501(c)(3) organization, your support through all our giving opportunities is tax-deductible. You can make a donation by visiting our website at wtxs.org or contact Violet Singh, West Texas Symphony’s Development Director.

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Greetings and welcome to the 2023-2024 season of your West Texas Symphony Orchestra! We are delighted you can join us for this incredible season of great music. We will get things started by continuing our celebration of Rachmaninoff’s 150th birth anniversary with his epic and final composition, Symphonic Dances. This exciting program will also include Christopher Theofanidis’ Viola Concerto, performed by Richard O’Neill, violist for the renowned Takács Quartet. Richard won a Grammy for his recording of this work just last year and we are delighted to welcome him to the Permian Basin to share it with us! Our November Masterworks concert falls on Veterans Day this year and we are honored to perform “An Americana Salute” to our Veterans including the music of Aaron Copland, John Williams, and a number of patriotic selections. In January we will again present one of our own as the featured soloist with Ben Fairfield performing the timeless Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Also on the program will be Schubert’s lovely Fifth Symphony. Our Masterworks series comes to a close in April with an exciting program featuring several works by Johannes Brahms – one including a return of last year’s successful side-by-side performance - along with the beautiful Violin Concerto by Samuel ColeridgeTaylor.

Our first Pops and Family Series program will prove to be an amazing experience. Cirque Musica blends the grace and thrills of the world's greatest cirque performers with stunning symphonic music and will have you on the edge of your seats in awe of the beauty, thrills, and majesty the troupe provides. It will be a full sensory experience you don’t want to miss. December brings our annual “Sounds of the Season,” still the very best way to ring in the holiday season! In March we are thrilled to present world-renowned jazz artist, composer, and arranger Wally Minko with a brand-new show specially crafted for the West Texas Symphony and our patrons. Finally, a truly “fantastic” program, “Fantasy,” will bring the season to a close featuring music from “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park,” “Fantastic Beasts”, great music from popular video games, and many others.

We are so very grateful for your support and patronage as we simply cannot bring this great music to the Permian Basin without your help. Please be sure to also attend the many wonderful performances by the outstanding ensembles of the WTS, the Chorale, our youth choir the Voices of the Permian Basin, along with the West Texas Winds, Lone Star Brass, and Permian Basin String Quartet. These programs are always inspiring and engaging and you don’t want to miss them!

We hope you will subscribe to all of these wonderful series of concerts. Plan to bring a friend and let’s fill up the Wagner-Noël for this season of great music as we continue our mission to change lives in the Permian Basin through great music. I look forward to meeting you at the concert!


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Gary Lewis is the Music Director and Conductor of the West Texas Symphony orchestra. This is his 17th year with the orchestra and his 16th as Music Director. He is also Director of Orchestral Studies and the Bob and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and oversees the entire orchestra program.

Mr. Lewis is equally at home with professional, university, and youth ensembles. In addition to his regular posts with the West Texas Symphony Orchestra and the University of Colorado Boulder, he serves as Principal Guest Conductor for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and was the founding Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras. He has also appeared with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra (Chengdu, China), the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra (Sofia, Bulgaria), and the Western Plains Opera Theater. Lewis served as the Resident Conductor of the Pine Mountain Music Festival (opera and symphonic) for seven years and was the founding conductor of the Caprock Pro Musica. His work with summer music festivals has also been noteworthy including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Pine Mountain Music Festival (opera and symphonic) and Rocky Ridge Music Center.

At CU Boulder Mr. Lewis also leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting including both the masters and doctoral level. His former students are currently enjoying success as conductors with professional orchestras and opera companies, university and public school ensembles, and youth orchestras.

As a strong advocate of music education, Mr. Lewis has presented many in-service workshops for public school educators, as well as numerous presentations at state and regional music education association conferences. In addition, he has conducted All-State Orchestras and Bands in over 20 states along with the ASTA National Honor Orchestra and the Honor Orchestra of America. In 2010, Mr. Lewis became the founding Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and he continues to serve as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lewis is also a strong proponent of new music. He has been instrumental in the development and production of contemporary music festivals and his interest in new music has led him to collaborations with composers such as Dan Kellogg, Carter Pann, George Crumb, William Bolcom, John Harbison, Chen Yi, Michael Daugherty, Stephen Paulus, and many others.

Gary Lewis is a Yamaha Master Educator.



For information regarding instrumental teachers, or to hire an ensemble, please contact WTS at 432-563-0921 or marketing@wtxs.org

Permian Basin String Quartet

The Permian Basin String Quartet is the resident string quartet of the West Texas Symphony, whose members are the principal string players of the orchestra. They strive to share classic and current works of the string quartet repertoire in an engaging and approachable way while championing underrepresented composers. The quartet has a loyal audience and has built a reputation as a leading ensemble in the Permian Basin.

L one Star Brass

Formed in 1981, the Lone Star Brass is the resident brass quintet of the West Texas Symphony. The Lone Star Brass presents concerts that display the consummate technical skill of each performer and the expertise involved in working together as an ensemble. The group has recorded two albums, “Lone Star Christmas,” and “Western Fanfare.” They performed in Carnegie Hall with the Symphony Chorale and have toured the country performing shows for all ages. From New York to New Mexico, this seasoned ensemble offers programs of classical music, jazz, original works, and even opera. They perform to have fun, and it rubs off on their audiences at every concert.

West Texas Winds

As the resident woodwind quintet of WTS, the West Texas Winds are active throughout the year presenting audiences young and old with performances full of energy and refinement. The ensemble has a significant repertoire of classic standard woodwind quintets and groundbreaking new music, having presented both U.S. and world-premiere performances by living composers from around the globe. West Texas Winds are always working to present something new and exciting to their listeners.

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Chamber Chorale

The Chamber Chorale is the principal choral ensemble in West Texas. Instrumental to the founding of the West Texas Symphony organization in 1962, the Chorale presents masterworks of the choral repertoire, ranging from Handel’s Messiah and the Brahms’ Requiem, to Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert and music from the Broadway stage.

Membership in the Chorale is open to all singers high school age and older.

If you are interested in auditioning, please email the Chorale Director at chorale@wtxs.org

Voices of the Permian Basin

The Voices of the Permian Basin is the West Texas Symphony’s youth choir. The group features approximately 75 singers ages 2nd - 8th grades, who rehearse weekly and enjoy performing two concerts per season and at other community events.

To schedule an audition for your child, please email the VPB Director at voicespb@wtxs.org




Orchestra/Dress Circle $60 $12

Mezzanine/Parterre $48 $12

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Orchestra/Dress Circle $60 $12

Mezzanine/Parterre $48 $12

Gallery $33 $12


General Admission $25 $12

Student tickets are available with paying adult or valid college ID. Price is for any seat, any level.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount per concert.

All tickets are sold through the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. Venue ticketing policies apply. Fees may apply.

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Gary Lewis, Music Director & Conductor


Romina Dimock, Concertmaster Endowed in memory of Dorothy Croft by the Midland Symphony Guild

Turner Partain, Assistant Concertmaster

Laurel Lawshae, Associate Principal

Gabriella St. James, Principal Second

Kevin Crutchfield

Nikesha Hailey-Hicks

Amanda Hernandez

Lowell Hohstadt

Karen McAfee

Robert Meinecke

Jason Snider

Erin E. Weber


Conrad Sclar, Principal Endowed by Mary de Compiegne & Rosalind

Redfern Grover

Laura Peña, Associate Principal

Beau Garza

Jean Gómez

Kathy Hohstadt


Suyeon Kim, Principal Endowed in memory of Walter Osadchuk by Dr. and Mrs. Michael Miller

Danny Mar, Associate Principal

Ilia De la Rosa

Aurelia Rocha

David Thomas


Mark Morton, Principal

Bill DeLavan, Associate Principal

Christopher Arcy Endowed in memory of Mary June Rasmussen by Mr. Kenneth Anderson and Dr. Anne Acreman, MD

Nodier Garcia


Lyndsay Eiben, Principal

Kate Martin, Associate Principal

Susanna Self, Piccolo


Caryn Crutchfield, Principal

Ann Hankins


Chris Chance, Principal

Tyler Webster, Associate Principal & E-flat

Mande Gragg, Bass Clarinet


Philip Hill, Principal Bill Harden, Associate Principal


Sonja K. Millichamp, Co-Principal

Scott Millichamp, Co-Principal

Norma Binam

Derek Wright


Eric Baker, Co-Principal

Ben Fairfield, Co-Principal

Endowed in honor of Michael J. Santorelli by Karen & Spencer Beal

John Irish


Stewart Rhodes, Principal

Darin Cash


Jon James, Principal


Arturo Galvan, Principal


Tim Mabrey, Principal


Matt Richards


LuAnn Lane, Principal Endowed in honor of Shari Santorelli by Karen & Spencer Beal




Jessica Bexley, President

Dee Anna Arellano, Executive Vice President

Thomas W. Elrod, Immediate Past President

Rebecca Bell, Vice President Finance

Jacy Lewis, Vice President Fundraising

Mary Dawson, Vice President Sponsorships

Sophie Edwards, Secretary


Gabriel Almendarez

Amy Azarov

Alice Beckstrom

Gregg Blain

Mary Blain

Lindi Bridges

Maridell Fryar

Beau Garza

Allison Gray

Dr. Aaron Hawley

Angie Hurt King

Melanie Lively

Billye Louder

Diann McKee

Megan Pausé

Stephanie Rivas


Mrs. Leland Croft (dec’d)

Mrs. James A. Fowler (dec’d)

Mr. Don Williams (dec’d)

Mr. Josh H. Parr (dec’d)

Mrs. Ellen Noël (dec’d)

Floyd Rountree

Deb Shaw

Gregory Smith

Nancy Stout

Paul Strouhal

Leslie Uchytil

Mrs. Lois Rochester (dec’d)

Ms. Mary Harrington (dec’d)

Mr. Don Williams (dec’d)

Mr. Fred Trout Jr. (dec’d)


Gary Lewis, Music Director & Conductor

Ethan Wills, Executive Director

Violet Singh, Development Director

Crystal Radford, Marketing Director

Deanna J. Russell, Office Administrator

Bailea Woodall, Production Manager

Leslie Delgado, Personnel Manager

Scott Millichamp, Music Librarian

Dr. Juan Hernandez, Chorale Director

Emily Baker, Voices of the Permian Basin Director


For contributions and/or services that have significantly advanced the mission of the West Texas Symphony.

Frank A. Bell - May 21, 1997

The Beal Family - May 19, 1999

Robert E. Hunt - August 31, 2000

Mary Harrington - May 16, 2001

Ted Hale - April 14, 2007

Grace Osadchuk - October 13, 2007

Scott W. Long - May 18, 2013

Rino Irving - March 4, 2023

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The Odessa Symphony Guild is thrilled to serve the West Texas Symphony and the arts in the Permian Basin for the 65th year. Odessa Symphony Guild began in 1958 with a group of women who were dedicated to their community. The OSG was formed to help provide both financial and volunteer support to the arts and music programs across the Permian Basin. Since its inception, the Odessa Symphony Guild has raised thousands of dollars and members have volunteered many hours to continue the mission of the founders. Odessa Symphony Guild has greatly enriched the communities of Midland and Odessa by helping the West Texas Symphony provide educational programs and concerts to the West Texas Area.

The Odessa Symphony Guild is made up of members who volunteer their time and give financially to our community. We currently have 82 members of OSG who have served over 400 hours throughout the community this past year. The Odessa Symphony Guild Belles and Beaux are made up of 9th – 12th graders who have spent time ushering concerts, hosting receptions, serving musicians lunches, working the pre-concert dinner ‘Symphony Soundbites’, and attending concerts for the West Texas Symphony. The Belles and Beaux also put in numerous hours volunteering within the community at St. John’s Kooky Karnival, many local schools, Permian Orchestra, Hope House, Salvation Army, Ellen Noël Art Museum, Jesus House, Salvation Army, Odessa College and West Texas Food Bank.

The Odessa Symphony Guild is proud to continue investing even more in our local community. In addition to the financial support and hours given to the West Texas Symphony, the Odessa Symphony Guild will be awarding four scholarships to commendable high school seniors each year. The Guild will also be donating to various organizations around our community to help bring and keep the arts here in the Permian Basin. We are extremely excited to start the process of making this grant available. We look forward to coming along side these organizations to help build and better their programs to help keep the arts going strong in Odessa.

Our annual fundraiser, The Symphony Ball, will be held in February. This event is for all our Belles and Beaux and will honor our seniors who have served in the guild the past four years. We also celebrate the countless hours that our Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors have served. It is especially inspiring to see these students give of their time and observe these students strive to be leaders in our community. We invite you to join us for this great event.

I look forward to leading our wonderful organization that helps bring culture and talent to our community. Our city is a better place because of the wonderful volunteers of the Odessa Symphony Guild. We are excited to serve alongside the West Texas Symphony for the coming years.

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The Midland Symphony Guild (MSG) is excited to begin its 61st year of supporting the West Texas Symphony. The MSG began with the goal of supporting and raising funds for our local symphony music program. Over the past six decades, that effort has grown into a self-sustaining non-profit organization that provides financial and volunteer support to the West Texas Symphony and the various productions and events that it produces. The West Texas Symphony enriches the communities of both Midland and Odessa by showcasing world-class performers, local artists and musicians, and featured presentations.

The MSG comprises members who invest time and money in their local communities. Annually, the MSG donates thousands of volunteer hours contributed by our Symphony Belles, who are the daughters of our MSG members. Each Belle is required to complete 15 volunteer events or placements in their years in the MSG program (8th-12th grades), many of which include performances presented by the West Texas Symphony. This requirement of service fosters a sense of giving back to the community and appreciation for the work ethic and commitment demonstrated by the talented artists and musicians. In addition to the West Texas Symphony, our Belles volunteer at community organizations such as Safe Place, Midland Festival Ballet, Museum of the Southwest, Midland Food Bank, Midland Community Theater, and the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. We are so proud of our Belles!

It is my privilege to serve as president of the Midland Symphony Guild this year. I look forward to working with many wonderful men and women while encountering exceptional musical and fine arts performances. For our Belles, friendships will be formed, a spirit of service instilled and a love of the arts encouraged. Thank you to the West Texas Symphony for enriching our lives for another season.




the West texas symphony on 61 seasons!






Richard O’Neill, Viola

Dance of the Comedians | BEDRICH SMETANA


Concerto for Viola & Chamber Orchestra | CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS

Featuring Grammy Award Winner Richard O’Neill, and continuing our celebration of Rachmaninoff’s most popular works for orchestra!


NOVEMBER 11, 2023

Join us on Veterans Day to honor our service members and showcase popular Americana repertoire such as Copland, John Williams, and Gould.


FEBRUARY 3, 2024

Ben Fairfield, WTS Co-Principal Trumpet

Trumpet Concerto | JOSEPH HAYDN

Symphony No. 5 | FRANZ SCHUBERT

This annual event features one of your very own orchestra musicians, WTS Co-Principal Trumpet Ben Fairfield!


APRIL 13, 2024

Reuben Kebede, Violin


Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Hungarian Dances, & Academic Festival Overture | JOHANNES BRAHMS

Side-by-side with UTPB Orchestra & Local Students

Featuring violinist Reuben Kebede, with the resident graduate string quartet at Juilliard, and favorites for orchestra by Brahms.

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OCTOBER 14, 2023

Performing live with the West Texas Symphony, witness today’s greatest circus acrobats and aerialists in spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism for a spectacular and majestic show!


DECEMBER 2, 2023

West Texas’ favorite holiday tradition! Featuring your symphony orchestra, instrumental chamber ensembles, choral groups, and the Baker Family!


MARCH 2, 2024

Wally Minko, Jazz Pianist

A world premier show, from a world-renowned composer and arranger, that showcases the best of your West Texas Symphony!


MAY THE 4TH, 2024

All ages are welcome to this fun and exciting concert of popular works from movies, gaming, and the fantasy realm!

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 | 7:30PM



OCTOBER 24, 2023 | 7:30PM



NOVEMBER 3, 2023 | 7:30PM



DECEMBER 19, 2023 | 7:30PM



JANUARY 18, 2024 | 7:30PM



MARCH 21, 2024 | 7:30PM



APRIL 21, 2024 | 3:00PM



MAY 19, 2024 | 3:00PM



Scheduled programs and individuals are subject to change.

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Richard O’Neill, Viola

Saturday, September 9, 2023 7:30 p.m.

Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center


Ann & Ken Hankins, Jr.

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Gary Lewis, Music Director & Conductor


7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Gary Lewis, Conductor

Richard O’Neill, Viola

“Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride .............................................................................Bedřich Sme tana

Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra ......................................................................... Christopher Theofanidis INTERMISSION

Symphonic Dances ............................................................................... Ser gei Rachmaninoff

*Program subject to change.


Bedřich Smetana

b. March 2, 1824, in Litomysl, modern-day Czech Republic.

d. May 12, 1884, in Prague, modern-day Czech Republic.

“Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride

Composed: Smetana wrote The Bartered Bride on and off from 1862-1866. Premiered: May 30, 1866, in Prague.

The Work in Context

• 1862: The United States issues its first paper money.

• 1863: The Emancipation Proclamation becomes law.

• 1864: Dutch farmers begin cultivating rubber trees in Java and Sumatra.

• 1865: Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Civil War.

• 1866: The SPCA is founded, The Bartered Bride premieres

Bedřich Smetana was a Czech nationalist composer, active in the mid 19th century. In his country, he is regarded as the father of Czech music. Smetana’s father was a brewer and an amateur musician, and his mother was a dancer. Smetana began learning music at a young age, studying piano and violin. As a kid from the country, Smetana was mocked for his accent and manners when he went to school in Prague at age 15. He frequently cut school to attend concerts, but his father did not support music as a practical career choice. His father eventually was convinced that his son had a future in music, so Smetana moved to Prague where he taught lessons and continued to study. He continued to teach as his composition career slowly gained traction.

The 1850s were a challenging decade for Smetana, with three of his four daughters dying in childhood, and his wife passing away in 1859. In 1861, a national opera house was built in Prague, and Smetana saw this as an opportunity. After some success with his first opera, The Brandenburgers, Smetana solidified his reputation with The Bartered Bride. Although the premiere was not a success (due to a heat wave and an imminent war), by 1870 the final form of the work was a smashing success.

The Bartered Bride tells the story of a young women whose family has arranged a wealthy marriage, but she is in love with someone else. After many twists and turns and false identities, Marenka ends up happily married, though not to the person she expected. The opera is comic and light-hearted, set amongst average people in a small town. Dance of the Comedians is dance music from Act III of the Bartered Bride. The setting is on the village green in front of the town’s inn. A traveling circus has arrived, and some of the performers offer a preview show for the gathered townspeople. The music is upbeat, airy, and above all, fun.

Christopher Theofanidis

b. December 18, 1967, in Dallas, Texas

Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

I. black dancer, black thunder

II. sorrow

III. the center of the sky


IV. lightning, with life, in four colors comes down

Premiered: January 2002, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Kim Kashkashian, soloist.

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The Work in Context

• 1999: Boris Yeltsin resigns as president of Russia, leaving Vladimir Putin as “acting president.”

• 2000: Elian Gonzalez seized by federal agents, returns to Cuba with his father.

• 2001: The September 11 terrorist attacks kill over 3000 people.

• 2002: In Pakistan, journalist Daniel Pearl is kidnapped and murdered, Concerto for Viola premieres.

Christopher Theofanidis is a prominent American composer. Born in Dallas, he studied at the University of Houston, the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University. He has won many major awards for composition, including the Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Award. His works have been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and many others. He has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and the Julliard School. He currently teaches composition at the Yale School of Music.

Concerto for Viola was written in collaboration with Kim Kashkashian, the viola soloist who premiered the work. Kashkashian is one of the most prominent violists in the classical music scene today. She sent the composer a collection of Native American poems she had been reading, many of which the authors were unknown. The texts were very compact with no words wasted, and Theofanidis used some of these lines as the inspirations for the four movements of the concerto. The composer was also inspired by Kashkashian’s intensity and focus as a performer. The first movement is based on a three-note figure at the beginning. The composer conceived of this movement as militaristic and thought of fire and earth as he wrote the piece. The second movement is slow and melancholy, with the mournful viola part heard over very still music in the orchestra. The third movement is the most songlike of the piece, the melodies feature long phrases, and there are often very large intervals between the voices. The last movement is short, turbulent, and highly chromatic. This last movement most features the virtuosity of the soloist.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

b. April 1, 1873, on the family estate near Staraya, Russia.

d. March 28, 1943, in Beverly Hills, California.

Symphonic Dances

I. Non allegro

II. Andante con moto

III. Lento assai—Allegro vivace—Lento assai come prima—Allegro vivace

Composed: Written in the summer of 1940, while the composer was spending the summer in Long Island.

Premiered: Premiered January 3, 1941 by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy.

The Work in Context

• 1938: US geologists find oil in Saudi Arabia while looking for water.

• 1939: Albert Einstein writes to FDR about developing a uranium atomic bomb.

• 1940: Leon Trotsky murdered in Mexico by a Soviet agent.

• 1941: Hitler breaks his treaty and invades the USSR, Symphonic Dances premieres.

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, piano virtuoso, and conductor. He was one of the last Russian composers who wrote in a Romantic style and was one of the very best concert pianists of the first half of the 20th century. Born into an aristocratic family who


had a tradition of musicianship, Rachmaninoff began to study piano at the age of four, eventually studying at the Moscow Conservatory, the top music school in Russia. When he graduated in 1892, he had already completed several compositions. In 1897, his Symphony No. 1 was a spectacular failure, with famous musicians such as Cesar Cui panning the work. Some of the issues may have come from the conductor, Alexander Glazunov, allegedly being drunk during rehearsals. Either way, stung by the work not meeting his standards, Rachmaninoff descended into depression with accompanying writer’s block. He made his living by teaching and conducting, but he didn’t write music again until after working with physician and amateur musician Nikolai Dahl. Dahl led Rachmaninoff through hypnotherapy and talk therapy until, after about six months, Rachmaninoff began composing again. He even dedicated his first work after depression, is Piano Concerto No. 2, to Nicolai Dahl. Rachmaninoff’s career continued to bloom, but turmoil in Russia presented difficulties for him and his family. Because Rachmaninoff’s family was from the aristocracy, they were very much at risk during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Rachmaninoff had the opportunity to tour Scandinavia in December 1917, and he left and never returned to Russia. He eventually moved to the United States, where he easily supported his family through performance tours.

Symphonic Dances was written towards the end of Rachmaninoff’s life. While his career had consisted of mostly performing, his compositional output had drastically slowed. However, as Rachmaninoff gradually slowed the brutal pace of his tours, he began to compose more again. He wrote Symphonic Dances while spending the summer on Long Island. The work premiered in 1941, at a concert which Rachmaninoff attended. This work would be Rachmaninoff’s final composition, as he passed only two years after the premiere. The work is infused with Russian themes, perhaps out of a sense of nostalgia for the country he hadn’t seen since 1917. The work was originally titled Fantastic Dances, with movements titled “noon,” twilight,” and “midnight,” but the composer settled on less programmatic titles for the final version. The music features wide contrasts, shifting harmonies, and the use of a variety of colors in the orchestration. The first movement is striking for its use of saxophone in the middle lyrical section. The opening and closing sections are in the style of a march with a very ominous feeling. The second movement is in the style of a waltz, preceded by a slow introduction. The finale, after an introduction, is slow and quotes the Dies Irae, the Gregorian chant theme of the Mass for the Dead. Rachmaninoff also quotes a melody from his All-Night Vigil which describes Christ’s resurrection. The music writing for this uplifting text brings the music to a glorious and optimistic close.

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Praised by the London Times as "ravishing" the New York Times for his "elegant, velvety tone" the Los Angeles Times as "energetic and sassy...exceptional" and Seattle Times as "sublime" VIOLIST RICHARD

O'NEILL has distinguished himself as one of the great instrumentalists of his generation. Winner of both a GRAMMY and EMMY Award, and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has achieved recognition and critical acclaim not only as a champion of his instrument but as a social and musical ambassador as well. He has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Euro-Asian Philharmonics; the Albany, BBC, KBS, Hiroshima and Korean Symphonies; the Moscow, Vienna, and Wurttemburg Chamber Orchestras; Alte Musik Koln, Kremerata Baltica and Sejong with conductors Andrew Davis, Miguel Harth Bedoya, Vladimir Jurowski, Nicholas McGegan, Eiji Oue, Francois Xavier Roth, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin, Osmo Vanska and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. In June 2020, he joined the world renowned Takacs Quartet.

As recitalist he has performed in many of the greatest halls of the world including Carnegie, Alice Tully, David Geffen, the Kennedy Center, Disney, Herbst Theater, Wigmore, Salle Cortot, the Louvre, Madrid National Concert Hall, Teatro Colon, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Shanghai Concert Hall, Tokyo International Forum and Opera City, Osaka Symphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center and LOTTE Concert Hall. For many years an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as Principal Violist of Camerata Pacifica, he has frequently collaborated with the world's greatest musicians including Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Leon Fleisher, Gidon Kremer, Warren Jones, Garrick Ohlsson, Menahem Pressler, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes, Kyung-Wha Chung, Augustin Hadelich, Boris Giltburg, Mischa Maisky, Steven Isserlis, Edgar Meyer and The Juilliard, Emerson, Borromeo, Syzmanowski String Quartets, among many others. Festival appearances include Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, Casals, Chamber Music Northwest, Dresden, Evian, Great Mountains, Hatfield House, La Folle Journee, La Jolla, Leicester, Mecklenburg, Menlo, Moritzburg, Mostly Mozart, Music Academy of the West, Prussia Cove, Saint Barthelemy, Saratoga, Seattle and Tongyeong.

A UNIVERSAL/Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, he has made ten solo albums which have sold more than 200,000 copies. He has remained one of the best selling South Korean recording artists for over a decade with multiple platinum disc awards. His recordings of Schoenberg were twice nominated for a GRAMMY in 2006 and 2010, and his recording of Christopher Theofanidis’s Viola Concerto has earned him his third nomination and first GRAMMY in the Best Instrumental Solo Category.

Dedicated to the music of our time, he has worked with composers Lera Auerbach, Mason Bates, Elliott Carter, Paul Chihara, Unsuk Chin, Mario Davidovsky, John Harbison, Jo Kondo, Chris Paul Harman, Matthias Pintscher, Huang Ruo, Christopher Theofanidis, George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner, John Zorn, and has premiered works commissioned and composed for him by Carter, Harbison, Ruo, and Chihara. In 2018 he premiered composer Lera Auerbach 24 Preludes with the composer at the piano for Camerata Pacifica, in 2019 he recorded Huang Ruo’s Viola Concerto “In Other Words” at the Bavarian Radio, and in 2022 premiered Paul Chihara’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with the Seoul Philharmonic and Osmo Vanska.


A popular figure in South Korea, he has appeared on major television networks, newspapers and publications. His 2004 appearance in the KBS Documentary Series, Human Theater was viewed by over 12 million and led to a second series and his popularity with the Korean public. In 2013, he led a documentary series featuring his work with a multicultural youth orchestra for MBC, "Hello?! Orchestra" which led to an International Emmy in Arts Programming and a feature length film that debuted at the Busan International Film Festival. For thirteen seasons, he served as artistic director of DITTO, introducing tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan. On DITTO’s two international tours, he sold out both Tokyo's International Forum and Osaka Symphony Hall as well as the Shanghai Concert Hall.

The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from Juilliard, he holds a Bachelors of Music from The USC Thornton School of Music magna cum laude and a Masters from The Juilliard School: Donald McInnes, Karen Tuttle and Paul Neubauer were his mentors. In 2006 he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council for his achievement and contribution to the arts. He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, The Special Olympics and UNICEF, runs marathons for charity and serves on the faculty of the CU Boulder College of Music and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

He performs on two rare violas: one made by Matteo Goffriller of Venice, the ex-Trampler, made in 1727, and the other, a Gasparo da Salo, ex-Iglitzin, the Counts of Flanders. Richard is a Thomastik-Infleld artist.

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

7:30 p.m.

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Gary Lewis, Music Director & Conductor

Selections may include, but not limited to:

Mephisto Waltz No. 1S.110………………………………………................................…………Franz Liszt

Violin Concerto ………………………………................................……………..Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Flight of the Bumblebee ………………………................................……….Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

‘Mars’ from The Planets ……………………………………….................................…………Gustav Holst

Das Rheingold ‘Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla’.......................Wilhelm Richard Wagner

Night on Bald Mountain……………………………….................................…….. Modest Mussorgsky

‘Hoedown’ from Rodeo………………….……………………….................................……Aaron Copland

William Tell Overture ……………………………..………….................................…..Gioachino Rossini

“Entry of the Gladiators” …………….………….......………..................................…………Julius Fučík

Symphony No. 5 ……………………………………………...................................Ludwig van Beethoven

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

7:30 p.m. Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center


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7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

Gary Lewis, Conductor

Selections including...


I. Very slowly.

II. Fast/Allegro.

III. Moderate/Moderato.

IV. Quite fast.

V. Still faster/Subito Allegro.

VI. Very slowly.

VII. Calm and flowing/Doppio Movimento.

VIII. Moderate. Coda/Moderato—Coda.

Americana Salute Morton Gould Appalachian Spring Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait Aaron Copland
subject to change.
Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan)
John Williams
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b. December 10, 1913, in Richmond Hill, New York.

d. February 21, 1996, in Orlando, Florida.

American Salute

Composed: written in 1942 for a radio program producer who requested a “salute to America.”

The Work in Context

1939: Germany annexes Czechoslovakia.

1940: In the USSR, Lavrentiy Beria executes his predecessor Yeshov and becomes the new head of the NKVD, the internal police of the USSR.

1941: Hitler orders the extermination of communists inside Germany.

1942: Germany invades Russia, Gould writes American Salute.

Morton Gould was a multi-talented American musician whose skills were apparent at the age of 6. His first professional musical work was playing piano in silent movie and vaudeville theaters in New York when he was just a teenager. At age 19, he was hired as the first staff pianist of Radio City Music Hall, and soon after he was conducting and arranging music that was heard on the radio nationwide. He began conducting radio orchestras and writing music for variety shows and later movies and Broadway shows. This work led to more classical commissions from ensembles such as the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, and orchestras across the country. He won a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was on the board of the National Endowment of the Arts. Gould’s output spanned a wide variety of genres, and the recordings he made as a conductor are still studied to this day.

American Salute is an exciting short overture for orchestra written using the tune “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Gould wrote the piece in 1942, in the early days of America’s involvement in World War II. The piece was commissioned for radio, with the producer literally asking Gould for a “salute to America.” Gould thought he was just writing another piece; he didn’t know the work was destined to become a classic. According to the composer: “It was years before I knew it was a classic setting. What amazes me is that critics say it is a minor masterpiece, a gem. To me, it was just a setting. I was doing a million of those things.” As an experienced commercial musician, Gould

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Morton Gould

worked at head-spinning pace. He composed the piece in 8 hours, starting at 6 pm and ending at 2 am the next morning. The piece was rehearsed that evening and broadcasts the next day. American Salute is classic Morton Gould. It is a perfect blend of popular appeal and compositional sophistication.

Aaron Copland

b. November 14, 1900, in Brooklyn, New York.

d. December 2, 1990, in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Appalachian Spring

I. Very slowly.

II. Fast/Allegro.

III. Moderate/Moderato.

IV. Quite fast.

V. Still faster/Subito Allegro.

VI. Very slowly.

VII. Calm and flowing/Doppio Movimento.

VIII. Moderate. Coda/Moderato—Coda.

Composed: Copland was commissioned to write a ballet with and American theme in 1942. He did most of the composing in 1943-1944.

Premiered: October 30, 1944, at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Lincoln Portrait

Composed: Copland was commissioned to write a portrait of an “eminent American” for the New York Philharmonic in 1941.

Premiered: May 14, 1942, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, William Adams narrating.

The Works in Context

• 1941: President Roosevelt begins sending weapons to the Allies through the Lend Lease Act.

• 1942: Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery in California, one of the only attacks on the US mainland in WWII. Lincoln Portrait premiered.

• 1943: Hitler is defeated at Stalingrad.

• 1944: The Allies land at Normandy in the D-Day invasion. Appalachian Spring premieres.

Known as the “Dean of American Composers,” Aaron Copland was the youngest of five children in a Jewish family who had emigrated from Russia. He began composing at a young age and studied composition with the American composer Rubin Goldmark. Upon graduating high school, Copland moved to Paris and, like several young American composers, studied with composition teacher Nadia Boulanger. Copland greatly enjoyed his studies with Boulanger and felt at home in the American expatriate community of artists and writers which included Ernest Hemmingway and Sinclair Lewis. After Copland moved back to the United States in 1925, his work gradually transitioned from modernist and intellectual to more populist and accessible. His works such as El Salon de Mexico and Appalachian Spring helped Copland rise to prominence and provided him with a level of financial security during the Great Depression. A proponent of “music for use,”


Copland wrote music for school ensembles and music that could be useful outside of the traditional concert hall. His signature open, slow-moving harmonies have come to be seen as quintessentially American, evoking the vast and wide-open American landscape.

Lincoln Portrait was commissioned by Andre Kostelanetz, the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, in 1941. He asked for a portrait of an “eminent American,” and Copland’s first choice was Walt Whitman. Kostelanetz wanted a more popular and political figure, so the composer’s second choice was Abraham Lincoln. The text of the work was taken from Lincoln’s major speeches and letters. The music of the piece represents Copland’s American style. In the 1930s, Copland began to move from writing music in the esoteric, classical style of the day to a more vernacular style that made use of folk music, popular programmatic themes, and simple melodies. By the time he wrote Lincoln Portrait, Copland was well established in this new musical style. Many famous Americans have narrated this work, including James Earl Jones, Neil Armstrong, Walter Cronkite, and Julius “Doctor J” Erving.

Copland wrote the following program notes for the first performance of the work by the Boston Symphony: "The first sketches were made in February, and the portrait finished on 16 April 1942. I worked with musical materials of my own with the exception of two songs of the period: the famous 'Camptown Races' which, when used by Lincoln supporters during his Presidential campaign of 1860, was sung to the words, 'We're bound to work all night, bound to work all day. I'll bet my money on the Lincoln hoss…,' and a ballad that was first published in 1840 under the title 'The Pesky Sarpent,' but it is better known today as 'Springfield Mountain.' In neither case is the treatment a literal one. The tunes are used freely in the manner of my use of cowboy songs in Billy the Kid. The composition is roughly divided into three main sections. In the opening section I wanted to suggest something of the mysterious sense of fatality that surrounds Lincoln's personality. Also, near the end of that section, something of his gentleness and simplicity of spirit. The quick middle section briefly sketches in the background of the times he lived. This merges into the concluding section where my sole purpose was to draw a simple but impressive frame about the words of Lincoln himself."

Appalachian Spring was originally a ballet, written for a chamber orchestra of only 13 instruments. The ballet was commissioned by the dancer and choreographer Martha Graham with funds from the Coolidge Foundation. The premiere was given in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., with Graham dancing the leading role. The performance was a stunning success, with Copland going on to win the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for his work.

The genesis ballet was somewhat abstract, with Graham’s first script she sent to Copland reading: “This is a legend of American living. It is like the bone structure, the inner frame that holds together a people.” Copland was not fazed by this unique approach to scripting a ballet, so he gave the piece the working title Ballet for Martha and started writing. The plot developed into a story of a bride and bridegroom who gradually get to know one another and settle into the rituals of daily life in a small American town. The work was written at a similar time to Lincoln Portrait, and so the listener will hear music written in a very similar style. The most famous passage of the work is the final set of variations on the fold tune “Simple Gifts.” Copland wrote the following descriptions of each section, which can be a helpful guide to listening to this monumental work:

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I. Very slowly. Introduction of the characters, one by one, in a suffused light.

II. Fast/Allegro. Sudden burst of unison string arpeggios in A major start the action. A sentiment both elated and religious gives the keynote to this scene.

III. Moderate/Moderato. Duo for the Bride and her Intended—scene of tenderness and passion.

IV. Quite fast. The Revivalist and his flock. Folksy feeling—suggestions of square dances and country fiddlers.

V. Still faster/Subito Allegro. Solo dance of the Bride—presentiment of motherhood. Extremes of joy and fear and wonder.

VI. Very slowly (as at first). Transition scene to music reminiscent of the introduction.

VII. Calm and flowing/Doppio Movimento. Scenes of daily activity for the Bride and her Farmer husband. There are five variations on a Shaker theme. The theme, sung by a solo clarinet, was taken from a collection of Shaker melodies compiled by Edward D. Andres, and published under the title “The Gift to be Simple.” The melody borrowed and used almost literally is called “Simple Gifts.”

VIII. Moderate. Coda/Moderato—Coda. The Bride takes her place among her neighbors. At the end the couple are left “quiet and strong in their new house.” Muted strings intone a hushed prayerlike chorale passage. The close is reminiscent of the opening music.

John Williams

b. February 8, 1932 in Queens, New York.

Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan)

Composed: Williams wrote the score, and the soundtrack was recorded in 1998. Premiered: The soundtrack was released July 21, 1998.

The Work in Context

• 1995: Yahoo is founded in Santa Clara, California.

• 1996: Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, is arrested in Montana.

• 1997: Princess Diana is pronounced dead following a car crash in Paris.

• 1998: NATO authorizes air strikes in response to atrocities in Kosovo. Hymn of the Fallen recorded and published.

The name John Williams has become synonymous with epic film scores for the last several generations of Americans. Williams was born in Queens to hard working parents. His father was a jazz drummer, so he was exposed to music at a young age. His family later moved to Los Angeles, where he studied composition privately and attended Los Angeles City College for a semester before joining the Air Force, where he played piano and trombone, conducted, and arranged music. Upon leaving the Air Force, he attended Juilliard and Eastman Conservatories, and following his studies he moved to Los Angeles and began working as an orchestrator in film studios.

After years of writing arrangements and orchestrations for Henry Mancini, Williams began to achieve notoriety for his own music with the scores for The Poseidon Adventure and the


John Wayne film The Cowboys. His breakout success was the movie Jaws, the score of which is now probably ringing in the ears of everyone reading this. After Jaws, John Williams wrote the score to Star Wars, widely considered the greatest film score of all time. Williams has continued to write some of our most well know music, including E.T., Indiana Jones, NBC’s Olympics theme music, and music for the Harry Potter films.

Hymn to the Fallen is a selection from the soundtrack of Saving Private Ryan, the epic World War II film directed by Steven Spielberg. The soundtrack was recorded in Symphony Hall in Boston by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Spielberg chose symphony hall for the warmth of the sound this famous venue brings out of the orchestra. Hymn to the Fallen is the only music in the entire score that uses voices, but the chorus is used more as an instrument than to sing text. The hymn melody in the choir is set off with military drums and solemn fanfares in the brass. The work gives a sense of solemn remembrance and causes the listener to reflect on the price paid by soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty.

Program notes by Martin D. King

An active performer and teacher, Martin D. King is on the faculty of Washington State University, where he teaches horn and music education. Dr. King maintains a busy performance schedule, holding positions in three orchestras in Eastern Washington and touring with his quintet, the Pan Pacific Ensemble. For more information, please visit. www.martinking.music.com

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Saturday, December 2, 2023

7:30 p.m.

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Gary Lewis, Music Director & Conductor
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Lives Through Music

2023-2024 SPONSORS


Wood Family Foundation

DIAMOND $10,000


GOLD $5,000

Community National Bank

Midland Symphony Guild & Odessa Symphony Guild

Claire & Jim Woodcock

SILVER $3,500

Brazos Door & Hardware

Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson P.C.

Innovex Oil & Gas


Plains All American Pipeline, LP

Carol & Tom Chandler

Dr. Charles & Melanie Lively

Diann & John McKee

Ann Parish & Betty Ann Prentice

BRONZE $2,500

Aghorn Energy

West Texas National Bank

Dee Anna Arellano EXP Realty & Permian Basin Radio LLC

City of Odessa

Martha & Paul Crump

Denise & Thomas W. Elrod

Ann & Ken Hankins, Jr.

Steven Palma, Right At Home Midland & Kool Katz Air Conditioning & Heating

Apirra Abstract & Title, LLC & Carolina & Ronnie Keith


Ernie Angelo

Theresa & Gregg Blain

Maridell Fryar

Andrew Hernandez State Farm Agent

Diann & John McKee

Ann Parish & Betty Ann Prentice


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Midland Plaza

Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Odessa North

Sewell Midland

Odessa American

Midland Reporter-Telegram


Midland College Foundation, Inc.

Basin PBS



West Texas Radio Group

The Odessan

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West Texas Symphony is pleased to acknowledge the generosity of those who place a high value on the presence of live symphonic, chamber, and choral music in West Texas. Through their monetary commitment or other unique forms of support, they enable us to fulfill our mission of enriching lives through music for a 61st season!

Listed Below are the gifts and pledges for the 2023-2024 season as of July 19, 2023.


J.C. Ferguson Foundation

Midland Symphony Guild

Odessa Symphony Guild


Julia Z. Edwards

Diann & John McKee


Brazos Door & Hardware

Dana & Michael Ashton & Mr. Marc Capellini

Jessica & Heath Bexley

Drs. Roberta & Richard Case

C. Richard (Dick) Sivalls

Kay & George Smith

Rosemary & Max Wright

FORTISSIMO ($1,000+)

Markwest Hydrocarbon, LLC

Gayle & Michael Banschbach

Cliffy & Barry Beal

Theresa & Gregg Blain

Suzie & Kirk Boyd

Denise & Thomas W. Elrod

Maridell Fryar

Rosalind Redfern Grover

May & Nam Kim

A. Lee Miller

Doris Redfern

Doris Casey Mason

Robin Richey & Gary Brednich

Audra & J.B. Whatley

Rachel & Ethan Wills

FORTE ($500+)

Ernie Angelo

Rebecca Bell

Leslie George Millichamp

Margaret Purvis

Juandelle Lacy Roberts

Floyd & Kathy Rountree

Nancy & John Stout

Dr. Carol Ann Traut


Tierra Company, L.P. / Bill Musar

Jeff & Lou Nelle George

Megan & Paul Pausé

Bob & Ruth Price

Violet & Mark Singh


Mary Blain

Sophie Edwards

Judith Hayes

Barbara Kurzynski

Anne & Jont Tyson

Deeann & Richard Werner


Kathy Anderson

Dee Anna & Johnny Arellano

Pat & Julie Canty

Allison Gray

Jesse Grimes

Allison Morrison

Dawn Nichols

Crystal Radford

Tim Rosborough

Nick Taylor



Established in 1992 to help provide a financial cushion when economic activity in the Basin declines, the WTS Endowment Fund currently accounts for about 6% of the annual budget. As you consult with your tax advisor, financial planner, or attorney, please consider West Texas Symphony as a beneficiary of your planned giving or of your estate. Your legacy will continue to Enrich Lives Through Music for generations to come.

For further details on how you can play your part in assuring that WTS concerts and programs continue well into the future, please contact:

Violet Singh, Development Director 432-563-0921 or development@wtxs.org

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Honoring Your Legacy and the Music of West Texas Symphony!


You, Your Legacy, and the Music of West Texas Symphony

For over 60 seasons, the music of West Texas Symphony has not just endured, but grown. What a testament to residents of this community and their determination to include live symphony, chamber, and choral music as part of the cultural landscape of West Texas!

By donating to the WTS Endowment Fund, you join generous contributors whose gifts immediately work to provide critical funding for the quality programming WTS offers season after season, now and into the future.

For further details on how you can play your part to assure that WTS continues to Enrich Lives Through Music well into the future, please contact Violet Singh, Development Director at 432-563-0921.


Mrs. Keleen Beal Mr. & Mrs. Louis Rochester

Millennium Club ($25,000+)


Walter Osadchuk

Dr. & Mrs. Michael S. Miller

Mary June Rasmussen

Mr. Kenneth Anderson & Anne Acreman, MD


Karen & Spencer Beal

Davidson Family Charities

Estate of Dollie Neal Ballenger

Mary de Compiegne

Estate of Lewis Merle O’neal

Estate of Mary Louise Gilmour

Rosalind Redfern Grover

William Randolph Hearst

Endowment for Music Education

Midland Symphony Guild

MOSC Board of Directors

Harvey & Harriet Herd

John & Doris Mason

Estate of Alice B. Moxey

David Austin Stephens

Beethoven Society ($10,000-$24,999)


Justin Andrew Fregia

Martha Fregia

Charles Tracy Sivalls

Mrs. C.T. Sivalls

In Honor of Ruth McFarland

Midland Symphony Guild

Estate of Mary Harrington

Anonymous (2)

Nancy & Buddy Anguish

Drs. Terry & Elvira Burns

Dr. & Mrs. J. Terry Carpenter

Mr. & Mrs. Nance G. Creager

Marion E. Luper, Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. William L. McGavran III

Beverly Pevehouse

Mr. & Mrs. T.G. Roden

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Rodman

Mozart Society ($5,000-$9,999)

In Honor of Ted Hale



Nelson Allison

Marion E. Luper, Jr.

Jared A. Barlage

Marion E. Luper, Jr.

Roy E. Campbell

Mrs. Viola Campbell


Ted Hale


Michael J. Santorelli

Modesta and Clayton Williams

J.C. Ferguson Foundation

The Midland Musicians Club

Drs. Richard & Roberta Case

Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Cole

Roger B. Corzine

Dr. & Mrs. Bart Mayron

Phil & Susan Parker

Mr. & Mrs. C. Richard Sivalls

Mr. & Mrs. George S. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Wilson

Bach Society ($1,000-$4,999)


Anne K. Anson

Robert D. Anson

Robert D. Anson

Drs. Richard & Roberta Case

Tyler T. Burns

Bobby & Denise Burns

Johnny “Cactus Jack” Dowdle

Nash Dowdle

Marguerite W. Davis

Ludie & Eben Warner

John M. Grimland, Jr.

Mrs. John M. Grimland, Jr

Neal H. Johnson

Berniece Johnson

Vera Osadchuk

Bea & Bob Angevine

Walter Osadchuk

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Covington

Josh H. Parr

Anne & Jim McLaughlin

Victoria Parr Ehrlich

Mary June Rasmussen

Dr. & Mrs. Terry Unruh

Fred A. Stout, Jr.

Kathlene N. Stout

Martha Tompkins

Dianne & Mark Tompkins

Bob Winkler &

Clayton Taylor Winkler

Carolyn Winkler




Dorothy Davis

Dr. & Mrs. Terry Unruh

Rino Irving

Mary Lou Cassidy

Michael J. Santorelli

Penny and Ernest Angelo

Carole V. Warren

Shari Santorelli

Penny and Ernest Angelo

Betty Rae and Paul Davis

The MOSC Chorale

Carole V. Warren

Estate of Joyce Ann Bradley

ExxonMobil Foundation

Marshall & Winston. Inc.

Mobil Foundation, Inc.

Shinn Industrial Sales/Barbara & Don Shinn

TXU Electric

The Midland Musicians Club

Anonymous (3)

Nelson Allison

Dollie Neal Ballenger

Dr. & Mrs. John E. Bauman

Karen & Spencer Beal

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Boothe

Mrs. M.O. Boring, Jr.

David and Vicki Brown

Bob & Julia Chandler

Mr. & Mrs. K. Michael Conaway

Paul & Martha Crump

Betty & Albert Dale

Mr. & Mrs. Roy H. Davidson

Mary & Henri de Compiegne

Kimberly B. Dollens

Betty & Don Ewan

Celeste Fasken

Frances Gilliland

Elizabeth A. Greaves

Elizabeth Harvey

Karl & Cathy Herzog

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Innerarity

Mrs. Stan Jacobs

Mr. & Mrs. Bob L. Jones

Marian & Charles E. Jones

V. Wayne & Joann Jones

Dr. & Mrs. Nam Kim

Mr. & Mrs. James W. Lacy

Dr. Ron Larson & Pat Paxton Larson

Stephanie Latimer

Jane C. Lea

Robert M. & Prudie Leibrock

Scott W. Long

LaNelle McBee

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen McHaney

Rusty & Alyson McInturff

Mr. & Mrs. James D. McLaughlin

Walter & E. Grace Osadchuk

Dr. E. Grace Osadchuk

Mr. & Mrs. Josh H. Parr

Dr. & Mrs. Jess Parrish

Margaret L. Peer

Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Perry

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Pollard

Mike and Sue Potter

Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Rice

Mr. & Mrs. A.W. Rutter, Jr.

Rick & Debbie Schneider

Violet & Mark Singh

Dr. Roger M. Traxel

Bill & Patti Watson

Harold & Jacquelyn Williams

Rachel & Ethan Wills

Jane Wolf

Mr. & Mrs. Max Wright

Contributors (Up to $999)


Bea Angevine

Jane & Don Samples

Katherine Bash & Duncan Kennedy

Harriet A. & Gene Motter

Jack “Dug” Belcher

Dortha & Ronald Bennett

Dortha & Ronald Bennett & Barbara Shinn

Ms. Judy DeWees

Brad Bullock

MOSC Board of Directors

Eddie Montoya

Marin & Ashlin Bullock

Brad & Crista Bullock

Chris Chance

Pamela Howell

Carol Chandler

MOSC Board of Directors

Jo Ann Collett

The Midland Musicians Club

Kimberly Corman

Janet Williams Pollard

Ann Countryman

Larry & Gwen Roberts

Mrs. D. Pat Darden

Betty M. Scott

Gary Edmiston

Employees of Security State Bank

Karen Elliott

Jane Wolf

Trisha Faubion

Karen Watson

Maridell Fryar

Bea Angevine

Jane & Don Samples

Sue Solari

Louise M. Garay

Bill & Mary Garay

Luis de la Garza, III

Pamela Howell

Richelle Gengler

The Midland Musicians Club

Dr. Ted Hale


Carol, John & Caroline Deats

Edith C. Hardy

The Midland Musicians Club

Lee Harley

Flo White

Sharon Hickox

Mark & Janet Krause

Dr. Thomas A &

Anne B. Hyde

Violet and Mark Singh

Rino Irving

Ann Parish

Betty Ann Prentice

Violet & Mark Singh

Jane Wolf

Peggy C. Jones

The Midland Musicians Club

Abigail Kauffman

Mary Macferran

Carolina Keith

MOSC Board of Directors

Jeannette Kolokoff

MOSC Board of Directors

Crystal Radford

Ann Parish

Betty Ann Prentice

LaDoyce Lambert

MOSC Board of Directors

David Lauritzen

MOSC Board of Directors

Martha Lewis

The Midland Musicians Club

Karen McAfee

Carole Symonette

John and Melissa Madura

Violet and Mark Singh

Reba McHaney

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen H. Parker

Tim Young & Sharon Hickox

Edward McPherson

Jeannette & Mark Kolokoff

Charles & Brenda Nail

Bill Harden

Vera Osadchuk

The Midland Musicians Club

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Dr. Henry Page

The Midland Musicians Club

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Pope

Midland Symphony Guild

Richy Puga

Jennifer & John C. Harper

Gregory Pysh

Chapter Gd P.E.O.

Connie May

Russell J. Ramsland

Midland Symphony Guild

Jay Reynolds

MOSC Board of Directors

Red & Juandelle


Violet & Mark Singh

Elizabeth Roweck

The Midland Musicians Club

Jane Samples

Bea Angevine

Michael J. Santorelli

Violet and Mark Singh

Janet Stafford

Carol Symonette

Shari Santorelli

Craig and Doris Anderson

Connie May

Violet and Mark Singh

Janet Stafford

Carol Symonette

Cliff & Joyce Sherrod

Violet & Mark Singh

Violet Singh

Alynda Best

Joanie Holt

Rev. Jon & Dale Stasney

The Midland Musicians Club

Sue Smith &

Jim Huddleston

Alathea & Jim Blischke

Violet and Mark Singh

Sue Solari

Jane & Don Samples

Mark & Jeannette Kolokoff

Bill & Mary Garay

Herb and Pat Stanley

Violet and Mark Singh

Cindy Walton

Amy A. Walton

Jane Wolf

Memorial Christian Church

Billy T. Schulze

Beverly Wise

The Midland Musicians Club

Gene & JoAnn Wyatt

Risa Brown


Nelson Allison

Michael & Dana Ashton

Bob & Kay Bivens

Karl & Cathy Herzog

Joan McCown

Sue & Buddy McDonald

Violet & Mark Singh

Dr. & Mrs. Steve Wiehle

Anne Anson

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Durham

Arlen Edgar

Betty & Clem George

Robert D. Anson

Thomas K. Anson

Ms. Francene Breckenridge

Edith Libson

Andrew W. Austin & Cynthia K. Stewart

Carol Ann Wilkinson Bascom

Jane Wolf

Eldon Basney

Midland Symphony Guild

Ms. Beverly K. Cunningham

Dr. E. Grace Osadchuk

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tandy

Frank Bell

Betty Ann Prentice

Emma Burnett

Violet and Mark Singh

Jane Wolf

Jack E. Brown

Jeannette and Mark Kolokoff

Warren Burnett

Paula & Ruff Ahders

Ms. Judy DeWees

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Leeton

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tandy

Jane Wolf

Anne Caldwell

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Jones

Clarence E. Cardwell, Jr.

Eric Leibrock

Mrs. Ethel Chapman

Truman & Doreen McCreless

Viola Campbell

The Midland Musicians Club

J. Dan Carpenter

Alan and Susan Leshnower

Marcella Christensen

Katherine Grella

Doris Cooper

Cowan Hill Bond Agency

Mullis Newby Hurst

Ronald Bennett

Howard Cowan

Janet Hayes

Bob & Pam Leibrock

Violet & Mark Singh

Mary Nixon Tighe

Dorothy Croft

Caroline Ater Howard

Chancy & Toni Croft

Barbara Davis

Alan & Susan Leshnower

Mary McKeown Davis

Pat & Herb Stanley

Lynn Davis

LaDoyce Lambert

Perry Davis

Melissa Burnett & Wayne Warren

Jean Grisham Dean

Jeff & Lou Nelle George

Opal Dobbs

Ludie & Eben Warner

Gretchen Estes

The Midland Musicians Club

Marie Finical

Chris Newman

John Foster

Kay & Robert Bivens

Kathleen Freeman

Lyn Fishman

Maridell Fryar

Ann Parish

Betty Ann Prentice

Fay Griffin

Betty & Stuart Awbrey

Betty Louise Gulledge

Lou Nelle & Jeff George

Martha Savage

Marshall C. Gulledge

Marilyn J. Craig

Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Neill

Frankie Simmons

Mary Harrington

Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities

Odessa Symphony Guild

Nancy Anguish

Karen & Spencer Beal

Bobby & Denise Burns

Emma H. Burnett

Melissa Burnett & Wayne Warren

Karl & Cathy Herzog

Tim Young & Sharon Hickox

Melissa Hirsch

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Jones

Charles Milby Hartwell

Barbara Hartwell

Mayor Dan Hemphill

Melissa Burnett & Wayne Warren

Harriet Herd

Midland Symphony Guild

Alathea & Jim Blische

Jeannine Donnelly



Kenneth Herrick

Elizabeth & Preston Black

Myrna Herrick

The Preston Black Family

Mayor Bill Hext

Bobby & Denise Burns

Jacque Nell Hunder Holland

Marc and Kay Maddox

Dr. Thomas Hohstadt

Jane Wolf

Rose Ann Houghton

Joanie Holt

Robert Hudson

Jane Wolf

Billie Hunt

Pam & Bob Leibrock

Pat Innerarity

Jim & Barbara Clack

Mary B. Kennedy

Rebecca Sawyer

Janet & Paul St.Hilaire

Dr. Thomas A. Hyde

The Midland Musicians Club

Neal Johnson

Ms. Judy DeWees

Marian Jones

Bob & Nancy Dott

Betty & Harvey Dunn

Alan & Susan Leshnower

Sally McGuffey

Esther D. Bird

Jane Knox

Jeannette & Mark Kolokoff

LaDoyce Lambert

Phyllis Kvasnicka

Beverly Muire & Family

Dick Lambert

LaDoyce and Gloria Lambert

Gloria Lambert

Barry and Mary Beck

Jeannette and Mark Kolokoff

Lynn Mashburn

Violet and Mark Singh

Jane Wolf

LaDoyce Lambert

Martha & Paul Crump

Lynn Mashburn

Margaret Purvis

Jane Wolf

Merceda Layton

Audrey Chartier

Katherine Leeton Fowler

Melissa Burnett & Wayne Warren

Ed Leps

Audra & J.D. Whatley

Katherine Linehan

Mr. & Mrs. W.R. Berger

Mr. & Mrs. Jack E. Blake

Alva D. Butler

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cahoon

Elinore Chase

Harvey & Harriet Herd

Patty & Tevis Herd

Sue Houghton

Dan M.Leonard

Jan & Bill Setzler

Mrs. E.M. Seydell

Barnie Snure

Mrs. George Lovett

Audrey Chartier

Geraldine MacCabe Chastain

Jheri Fleet

Marjorie Sue McLelland

Emma H. Burnett

Maurice “Mo” Martel

W.M. Champion

Sammie K. Rogers

Mary Elizabeth Newman

Carole Symonette

Grace Osadchuk

Jan Artley,

Jane Samples, Patty Smith,

Lucinda Windsor, Maridell Fryar

Melissa Burnett & Wayne Warren

Mr. & Mrs. D. N. Ewan

Chris & Fred Newman

Rebecca Sawyer

Schatzie & Charlie Tighe

Vera Osadchuk

Rino Irving

Pam & Bob Leibrock

Lynch Chappel Alsup

Ed Magruder

Suzanne Martin

Bill & Sheila Morrow

Violet & Mark Singh

Sue Solari

Bill Stella

Jan & Paul St.Hilaire

The Midland Musicians Club

Jane Wolf

Walter Osadchuk

Vera Osadchuk

Barbara Parr


Rebecca Atwood

Victoria Ehrlich

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Jones

Josh H. Parr


Rebecca Atwood

Mrs. Coy Best

Victoria Ehrlich

Delia Griffin

V. Wayne & Joann Jones

Mr. & Mrs. James D. McLaughlin

John O’Hern

Dr. Jess Parrish

Kay and Bob Bivens

Harold Rasco

Audrey Chartier

Victor Rede

Melissa Burnett & Wayne Warren

Charles H. Rentz

Mary Rentz

Charles Roberts

Mr. & Mrs. George F. Harley

Betty Lloyd Ross

Frank & Getchen Bell

Rebecca Bell

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cahoon

Ms. Sarah C. Hardwick

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Simmons

Violet and Mark Singh

Russell F. Sanders

Emma H. Burnett

Sue Bob Smith

Drs. Roberta & Richard Case

Jeannette Kolokoff

Elizabeth Prentice

Violet and Mark Singh

Junia Stoddard

Helen Parsons Adhers

Sally Stella

Chris Newman

David Austin Stephens

Davis, Gerald & Cremer

Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder

Mary Lou Cassidy

Permian Basin

Landmen’s Association

Violet & Mark Singh

Nan & Alan Zeman

Deane Stoltz & Susan Stoltz Tirey

Kay & Robert Bivens

Emma H. Burnett

Wanda Campbell

Kathleen Stout

Midland Symphony Guild

Twentieth Century Study Club

Capt. & Mrs. William E. Clark

Berniece Johnson

Charlene Shults

Kay & Robert Bivens

Ronald Thomas

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Ann Parish

Violet Singh

Sheila Thompson

The Midland Musicians Club

Naomi Tillett

Mary & Barry Beck

Alva D. Butler

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cahoon

Elinore Chase

Capt. & Mrs. William E. Clark

David & Sarah Lew Grimes

Sue & Ted Kerr

LaDoyce & Gloria Lambert

Mary Ann McRae

Mr. Mrs. Charles L.Tighe

Earl Van Stavern

Midland Symphony Guild

Thomas Welch

Schatzie & Charles Tighe

Bill J. Whitfield

Dee Griffin

Rita Williams

Ronald & Dortha J. Bennett

Berniece Johnson

Dr. & Mrs. Paul H. Johnson

AT&T Foundation

The Bosworth Company

Chapter Gd P.E.O.

The Midland Musicians Club

Tierra Company / Bill Musar

Stanton Music Club

Twentieth Century Study Club

Anonymous (4)

Dr. & Mrs. Clayton Alred

Jim & Sandra Alsup

Mr. & Mrs. George Alther

Mr. & Mrs. John F. Armstrong

Joyce R. Barthelemy

Cliffy & Barry Beal

Helen B. Beal

Chrys & Kelly Beal

Cheryl Becker

Frank & Gretchen Bell

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Bellows

Virginia Berry

Elizabeth & Herb Blankinship

Berry & Jane Breining

Ken & Cathy Burgess

Mr. & Mrs. William C. Bynum

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cahoon

Mr. & Mrs. Jack C. Cartwright

Edward & Cassandra Cheek

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Clifton

Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Cooke

Margaret Cowden

Enid W. Davis

Tom & Dorothy Davis

Bill & Mary Anne Dingus

Mary Margaret Donelson

Mr. & Mrs. Lynn D. Durham, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Erwin, Jr.

Paul Feit

Iris & John Foster

Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Frazer

Jeff & Lou Nelle George

Richard D. & Iola Gillham

Dan Green

Sarah & David Grimes

Mr. & Mrs. M.C. Gulledge, Jr.

Barbara Hales

Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Halpert

Billie C. Halstead

Mrs. Thornton Hardie

Phil & Judy Hayes

Patty & Tevis Herd

Dr. & Mrs. William M. Hibbitts

Melissa Hirsch

Brittie N. Holster

Dr. Jim Huddleston & Sue Smith

Dr. & Mrs. James Humphreys

Patricia & Leon Jeffcoat

Barbara J.H. Johnson

Maureen Johnson & Todd Torczon

Jo Ann Jonsson

Al & Elayne Karickhoff

Sherry Keisling

Niran E. Kellogg

Lee & Bob Kennedy

Mary B. Kennedy

Mr. & Mrs. William D. Kleine

Jane Knox

Sarah & David Lauritzen

Pam & Bob Leibrock

Edith H. Libson

Buddy & Anita Lintzen

Mr. & Mrs. J.K. Lytle

Beverly Martin

James H. Miller, D.D.S.

Darla V. Mueller

Kelvie Williams Muhlbauer

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Nail

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Nelson

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Newman

James & Jerri Nickel

Ann Parish

Steve & Diane Parker

Bill Peyton

Rod & Jane Phares

Margaret & James H. Purvis

Jane B. Ramsland

Randee and Jack Rathbone

Lynn Renaud

Jane & Ray Riddle

Mary G. Ritchie

Mr. & Mrs. Larry J. Roberts

Mr. & Mrs. Hal Roegner

Mrs. Donald A. Ross

Rita Rusnak

Dee Ann & Jeff Salehi

Rebecca Sawyer

Lisa and Geoffrey Schaffer-Harris

Mrs. Suzanne Seright

James & Alison Small

Sally & Bill Stella

Harley R. Stimmel

Mary & Paul Summersgill

John & Barbara Swart

Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Szenasi

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Tandy

John J. Taylor

Mr. & Mrs. L.B. Terrell

Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Tighe

William A. Townsend

Julia E. Vaughan

Mary Edith Waddell

Orin Wade

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Wallace

Rev. & Mrs. Robert Walter

Jenna H. Welch

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Werner

Jann & Dr. Stephen Wiesenfeld

Mike Willson



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