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The Lone Star Youth Orchestra Invites Former Members to Play on 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

In honor of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Silver Season, former youth orchestra members are invited to play on stage along with current LSYO members for the opening piece on our Wednesday, March 6th concert. This is an opportunity to dust off the old instrument and for one brief shining moment relive the glory days and good times of playing an LSYO concert.

The reunion piece is going to be Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down". You may recognize this famous western-themed music. Besides its own notoriety, this tune was featured in the “Beef. It's What's for Dinner” marketing campaign (that debuted in the early 1990s) aimed at promoting the consumption of beef.

Former LSYO members interested in participating must sign up in advance by the February 1st deadline date. Contact Robert Fishman at (972) 252-4800 or

  • Participants will be e-mailed music so they can practice on own at home.
  • Participants must arrive by 5:30 p.m. on concert night.
  • Participants will rehearse at 6:00 p.m. on concert night for 20 minutes prior to opening the house.
  • Participants will play just the opening number, then can watch the rest of the concert from the audience.
  • Participants will receive one comp ticket (for the LSYO alum playing). Other tickets must be purchased.

Please note that there are no orchestral parts on this piece for euphonium or saxophone.

So, what do you think? Are you up for a “Hoe-Down”?

"Silver Season: Sorcery or Symphony?" will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall. The Arts Center address is 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062. The hour-long program features Aaron Copland’s rousing "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo, Maurice Ravel’s Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte, Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, Op. 40, and the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral".

The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and is one of the most pivotal pre-college experiences for talented high school instrumentalists. Membership in the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is open to all middle and high school string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Information regarding auditions for the 2023-2024 season can be found at or by calling (972) 252-4800.

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