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2012 2013

Season at a Glance Masterworks #1 – September 29, 2012 featuring Emanual Borok, violin

Pops #2 – February 23, 2013 Lights, Camera...the Oscars

Masterworks #2 – October 27, 2012 featuring Cleveland International Piano Competition Winner Alexander Schimpf

Masterworks #4 – April 20, 2013

Pops #1 – December 1, 2012 Holiday Pops Masterworks #3 – January 26, 2013 featuring Julie Albers, cello

Pops #3 – May 4, 2013 Behind the Mask... An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber & Friends

CHAMBER SERIES The Nocturne Project Chamber #1 - November 17, 2012 Chamber #2 - March 23, 2013


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This is YOUR Abilene Philharmonic Beautiful music lifts your spirit, sparks your imagination and awakens your heart. The tone and vibration are sounds you hear but the soul of the instrument is the hand that plays it. Music isn’t just our profession, it’s our passion! This Season we celebrate Abilene and our part within this great city. From the people that we know, to the landmarks we cherish to the community we share, we celebrate Abilene. The Philharmonic has been a part of Abilene for over 60 years – creating live symphonic music for three generations. We live, work and play in the Big Country and are proud to be part of the tapestry that makes for such a unique community. We hope that you will come to a concert and hear what you have been missing. If you already attend, you know first-hand that there is something special when the baton is raised and the first note is played. This is YOUR Abilene Philharmonic….YOUR seat is waiting!

Dear Friends, It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2012-2013 season of YOUR Abilene Philharmonic. The Philharmonic is truly a treasure of which our community can be proud. This amazing institution has been sustained and nurtured by generations of Abilineans, and is now the envy of the region. In addition to our Masterworks and Pops concerts, the Philharmonic performs specially designed programs each year for thousands of Abilene and Big Country elementary school children, brings master classes with renowned artists to high school and university students, and utilizes the best of our local artists, combining them with national and international talent. I look forward to seeing you in September. Best regards, David Itkin, Music Director

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Masterworks Series Pre-concert Conversations begin at 7:15pm backstage

Prelude Dinner - September 29, 2012

Celebrate the Philharmonic’s opening of the 2012-2013 Season and join us for a wonderful preconcert dinner, live entertainment, our Signature Wine Bin Draw and other exciting activities. Make your reservation NOW...seating is limited! Elizabeth Elsner, Concertmaster “I enjoy playing with The Abilene Philharmonic because of the caliber of musicians and the excellent leadership. I certainly appreciate the direction that the orchestra has gone in the past several years. It is wonderful to get the chance to play with musicians from all over Texas: Abilene, Lubbock, Midland, Dallas, Waco, Austin, to name a few.” “As the Music Director, David Itkin has definitely brought a lot of talent to the Philharmonic. His expectations are high, skill is great, and he is an incredible asset to the group. Along with being musically rewarding, The Abilene Philharmonic has a reputation for professionalism and the most appreciative audiences around. I am very proud to be a member of this unique and one of a kind orchestra.”

Masterworks #1 – September 29, 2012 Beethoven

Violin Concerto featuring Emanual Borok, violin


Symphony no. 3

Masterworks #2 – October 27, 2012 Sponsored by: Pete & Karen Renick Borodin Schumann

Polovtsian Dances Piano Concerto featuring Cleveland International Piano


Symphony no. 5

Competition Winner, Alexander Schimpf

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Masterworks #3 – January 26, 2013 Sponsored by: Abilene Regional Medical Center Bach Elgar Mozart

Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 Cello Concerto featuring Julie Albers, cello Symphony no. 41

Masterworks #4 – April 20, 2013 Sponsored by: Charles & Betty Nelson and Abilene Christian University Mussorgsky Rimsky

Pictures at an Exhibition Scheherazade

Artist Master Classes

Our Artist Master Classes provide an inspiring opportunity for local music students to work one-on-one with our internationally acclaimed guest artists. Classes are held the Friday prior to each Masterworks concert and are FREE to the public. Sponsors for these Master Classes include Hardin-Simmons University, Kaye Price-Hawkins and Kent’s Harley-Davidson.

Glow in the Dark Concerts

Bring your laptops, iPhones and iPads and enjoy LIVE, REAL-TIME program notes and interactive material during our GLOW IN THE DARK concerts. Sit in a designated section and enjoy a new way to enhance your classical experience! Special ticket prices apply.

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Richard Meek, Bassoon Mr. Meek is Professor of bassoon and music theory at Texas Tech University where he performs with the Mariah Winds and the Devienne Trio. “I like playing with the Abilene Philharmonic because it plays great music and with integrity. It is a joy to me to play with like minded musicians who create something of excellence, and with leadership to help accomplish it. I particularly enjoy the vocal tradition in Abilene and the wonderfully entertaining pops concerts.” “I play the bassoon because it is a fascinating and complicated instrument that has played a significant role in most all types of music since the 17th century.”

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Pops Series Holiday Pops – December 1, 2012

Sponsored by: First Financial Bank, Rentech and Suddenlink Veronica Gan, Violin “I play the violin because I’ve been playing it for almost all my life. It is the only way I know how to convey emotion and thoughts when words so often fall short.” Ms. Gan actively performs in the DFW area. She has recently performed with groups such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Fifth Dimension, Clay Aiken, Peter Gabriel and Josh Groban. Ms. Gan has performed in Canada, Israel, Asia, the US, and Europe. In addition to playing in the Abilene Philharmonic, Ms. Gan also plays with the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, and the Plano Symphony. “I like playing with the Abilene Philharmonic because of the musicians I get to work with. They are all excited about the music and are excellent musicians.”

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The holiday season always reminds us of our special times with family and friends. Enjoy music you know by heart as well as new holiday classics with the Abilene Philharmonic as we celebrate the joy of the season featuring Travis Cloer, Niki Scalara, the UNT Chamber Choir, ACU jazz ensemble and other special guests.

Lights, Camera...the Oscars – February 23, 2013 Sponsored by: Black Tie Special Occasions

Since 1934, some of our most beloved songs have been Academy Award winners or have come from an Academy Award winning movie. Tonight the Abilene Philharmonic rolls out our own red carpet and brings you the best of Hollywood featuring music from such movies as Titanic, An Officer and a Gentleman, ROCKY, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, Chariots of Fire and more!

Behind the Mask – May 4, 2013 Sponsored by: Spine Abilene and United Supermarkets

This will be a concert you will not want to miss! The greatest hits of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber combined with hits by Kander and Ebb, Stephen Schwartz, and more! Featuring music from The Phantom of the Opera, CATS, EVITA, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Chicago, A Chorus Line and Spamalot.

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The Nocturne Project Conductor-less Chamber Series

November 17, 2012 March 23, 2013

The Abilene Philharmonic is embarking upon a new series of conductor-less chamber concerts to enhance the regular season programming. Never before seen in this area, these chamber concerts are designed to showcase the tremendous talent already found on the Philharmonic’s stage. Modeled after New York City’s conductor-less series first seen at the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Abilene Philharmonic’s Nocturne Project Chamber Series will create a more intimate environment for all. Working without a conductor allows musicians to develop their own musical interpretations and take ownership of their creative performances.

Discover Music Education Concerts October 25 & 26, 2012

Sponsored by: HEB Supermarkets Each year the Abilene Philharmonic presents the Discovery Music Concerts to all third-through-fifth grade students in Abilene and the surrounding regions, covering 22 school districts and reaching out over a 100-mile radius. Over a two-day period, four concerts are presented to approximately 7000 students. David Itkin, Music Director and Conductor, AISD music teachers and the Philharmonic’s Education Director collaborate to design unique and exciting educational programming - from concept and curriculum to live performance. This is the only music education curriculum of its kind within the Big Country.

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Craig Leffer, cello New York native Craig Leffer began his cello studies at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently he performs with various Dallas area ensembles including the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony. Leffer has served as principal cellist of the Abilene Philharmonic since 2006. “I like playing with the Abilene Philharmonic because it brings me joy to perform terrific music with such wonderful colleagues and soloists under a great conductor.” “I love being a musician because I get to continue a tradition of keeping classical music relevant and also to uphold the importance of artistic expression in life.”


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Brent Phillips, Trombone “I love being a musician because playing music is a highly expressive art form that captures the heart and soul of humanity. “ “I play the trombone because there were too many drummers in the 6th grade band. Trombone looked like a lot of fun and was my second choice on instrument sign up day. (I did play set in a rock band in Denver for awhile but I’m over that now.)” “I like playing with the Abilene Philharmonic because there is a real sense of collaboration and respect between individual members of the orchestra.”

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The Philharmonic Guild The 2012-2013 Season brings with it much excitement and friendship as the Abilene Philharmonic Guild prepares for another exciting year of activities. The Abilene Philharmonic Guild was founded in 1954 as a major support organization for the Abilene Philharmonic. For 58 years, the members have dedicated their energy, talents and volunteerism to keep the music playing for the thousands of students in Abilene and the Big Country by providing service and financial support. Over the past fifteen years, the Guild has contributed over one million dollars to the Philharmonic Association. Known as the fundraising arm of the organization, the Guild plans monthly meetings, assists with the Discover Music education concerts, helps shape future music enthusiasts through the Belles & Beaus program as well as creates smaller fundraisers all year long culminating with the

Gold Medallion Ball, February 2, 2013.

Please find a Guild member or call the Philharmonic office for information regarding membership. 5 Reasons to Join the Guild ♪ The Guild meets 9 times a year to enjoy performances by local musical talent in beautiful homes of members. ♪ Guild volunteers coordinate school student seating for the Philharmonic Discover Music Series. ♪ The Guild hosts the Philharmonic Ball, its major fundraiser. ♪ Parents of 7th grade students are encouraged to join. Their students have the first opportunity to join the Belles and Beaus. ♪ Belles and Beaus, a 5-year service program, is recognized by the Texas Governor and is valuable on college applications.

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Support YOUR Philharmonic

Your Contribution Counts!

People Like You 43% Ticket Sales 38% Grants 9% Other (Sponsorships & Foundation) 10% ♪ Revenue from ticket sales covers less than half of our costs. Your tax deductible donation helps us continue a tradition of artistic excellence and allows us to share live music with our community. ♪ Introduce orchestral music to a new generation through live performances to over 7,000 students throughout the Big Country. ♪ Offer over 500 free concert tickets through our TicketReach Program to organizations such as Dyess Air Force Base, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kenley School and the Boys and Girls Club.

When you attend a hear the music. When you make a make music available for others to enjoy.


- Contributes to the music education of area youth - Creates an invitation for you to attend exclusive events - Brings to life professional music for all ages - Is recognized within our program book and website - Is tax deductible


Want to meet Maestro Itkin and all of our Guest Artists? Give at the Conductor’s Circle level or above and you will be invited to the Green Room where you can visit with David Itkin and all of the Guest Artists.


Diamond Baton - Gifts of $10,000 and above Golden Baton - Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 Silver Baton - Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 Conductor’s Circle - Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499 Patron - Gifts of $500 to $999 Sustainer - Gifts of $250 - $499 Advocate - Gifts of $100 - $249 Friend - Gifts up to $99

For more information on how to support your APO, please call 325-677-6710 or visit

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Joanna Martin, Flute Joanna Martin began her musical training on the violin at age seven, and has been studying flute since she was ten. She earned her BM at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to earn her MM and DMA in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin. As winner of the 2010 Byron Hester Flute Competition, Ms. Martin was invited to perform a solo recital at the 2011 Houston Flute Fest. Ms. Martin has taught at the Birch Creek Music Festival, Longhorn Music Camp and Illinois Summer Youth Music Festival. She is an active private teacher, freelancer and Masterclass clinician in the Austin community and teaches for Anthropos Arts, an Austin organization that provides classical and jazz music lessons to underprivileged students in Austin area schools.


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Benefits to Subscribers

Early Renewal Benefits RENEW your tickets by June 15, 2012: ♪ Pay NO HANDLING FEES and INVITE A FRIEND! Renew early and receive an additional ticket to the concert of your choice.


Fill out this order form, place in an envelope with check or credit card information, add postage and mail to: NEW ADDRESS! Abilene Philharmonic 401 Cypress Street; Ste. 520 Abilene, Texas 79601


BY PHONE Call (325) 677-6710

Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm

BY FAX (325) 677-1299

♪ GUARANTEED SEATING - always have your seats and tickets secured in advanced ♪ TICKET EXCHANGE - scheduling conflict? No worries. We will exchange your tickets for another

concert in the same series (based on availability) or you can donate them back to the Box Office by the Friday preceding the performance for resale and if sold, you will receive a receipt for tax purposes. ♪ LOST TICKETS - no problem; we’re able to provide you with FREE replacements ♪ ADVANCED TICKET OPPORTUNITIES - receive advance notice and buy tickets for special events and concerts before they go on sale to the general public ♪ PRIORITY SEATING NEXT SEASON - your seats will be reserved for you for next season, at the lowest prices possible


For all Classical Series, Pops Series and Single Ticket Holders


NEW ORDERS ONLY!! Available after August 15, 2012

♪ Supply your ticket from the last Classical or the last Pops concert from the 2011-2012 Season and apply that ticket price as a discount to the Season Subscriber offer. Lost tickets can be verified. Contact the Philharmonic office for more details.

DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR STUDENTS! CAMPUS CHORD CLUB $5 with Membership STUDENT RUSH $5 one-hour prior to concert with valid student ID


Tickets are available for all concerts one hour before the concert. Seating is subject to availability. Students can purchase one ticket at the $5.00 price and must show a current student ID at the time of purchase.


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For a $15, annual fee you may purchase up to 3 tickets per concert for $5 each. Must purchase tickets up to 48 hours in advance to receive discount. Call the Philharmonic Office to have a Campus Chord Club Registration Card mailed to you.

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ORDER FORM 2012-2013


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ADDRESS ______________________________________________________ CITY _______________________STATE __________ ZIP ________________


EMAIL _________________________________________________________ HOME PHONE _____________________ CELL ________________________ I would like to purchase seats for the: ____ EARLY RENEWAL (by June 15) ____ SEASON SUBSCRIBER* ____ TEST DRIVE YOUR SEAT I am

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SUBSCRIPTION CHOICES Full Series - 7 Concerts; 4 Masterworks and 3 Pops Classical Series - 4 Concerts Pops Series - 3 Concerts including Holiday Pops 4 Flex Pack - 4 Vouchers to any concert to be used at any time during the 2012-2013 season

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H o l i d a y H o m e To u r on t h e M o u n t a i n This year the Holiday Home Tour will be November 10, 2012 on majestic Steamboat Mountain. The tour, which consists of six unique homes, will be on display and beautifully decorated for you to sneak a peak into the wonderland that will be Christmas on the Mountain. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale in September.

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2012-2013 Brochure  

The Abilene Philharmonic welcomes the 2012-2013 season. This is YOUR Philharmonic