Shadow of Giants': Lubbock Symphony Orchestra selects difficult pieces for the first concert of its 2009-10 season

Tomasz Golka reached for a musical phrase when asked to cite the highlight of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra's 2008-09 season.

The ensemble, said the LSO music director, "saved its crescendo for its final concert," breathing life in brilliant fashion into Igor Stravinsky's daring "The Rite of Spring."


Concertmaster John Gilbert spoke to preparation for any new season with, "I learn most of the LSO music over the summer. ... For any major symphony, it probably takes two hours of practice per movement to feel like I am on top of everything before the first rehearsal.

It is rare, but Gilbert will miss the orchestra's first two masterworks concerts.

He presently is on a tour which concludes with the Colours of Music festival in Ontario, Canada. In October, he and fellow Texas Tech music faculty members in the Botticelli Quartet will perform at the fifth international Schwarzmann String Festival in Uberlandia, Brazil.

Read the rest of the story at Lubbock Avalanche-Journal