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The Lone Star Youth Orchestra To Perform - Dances And Sunsets - On March 2 At Irving Arts Center

The Lone Star Youth Orchestra continues its 23rd season on March 2nd with a concert titled "Dances and Sunsets". That evening’s repertoire will include pieces by noted French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah), Italian opera composer Amilcare Ponchielli (Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda), and Argentine tango composer Carlos Gardel (“Por una Cabeza”). Also featured on the hour-long program is the “In-Person Performance” World Premiere of a new work by American composer Sakari Dixon Vanderveer. Her piece, Citronella Sunsets, has until now only been performed virtually by the Portland Youth Philharmonic (for whom it was written as part of the Youth Orchestra Commissioning Initiative).

Single tickets are available by visiting, by calling (972) 252-2787, or by purchase at the door. Ticket prices are $7.50 per student and $14.50 for adults. Tickets are for assigned seating. Masks are strongly suggested.

"Dances and Sunsets" will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 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 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 can be found at or by calling (972) 252-4800.

Now in his seventh year as conductor of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, Dr. Kevin Pearce brings a unique combination of a world-class musical background and an unending commitment to education. Pearce was named a finalist for the 2020 American Prize in Conducting, Youth Orchestra Division. He currently teaches orchestra in Rockwall ISD, where he was a nominee for 2020-21 Teacher of the Year at Cain Middle School. Prior to his move to North Texas, Pearce served from 2008-2013 as the inaugural Director of Orchestras at Cypress Lakes High School in the western suburbs of Houston. During his time in Texas, orchestras under his direction have won multiple UIL Sweepstakes awards and top honors in local and national festivals.

For more information about the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra or the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, please visit

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