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Tune in to the symphony orchestra

The Corpus Christi Symphony performs at the world-class Texas A&M-CC Performing Arts Center. Courtesy photo

The Symphony Orchestra of Corpus Christi produces a classical series of sets each year at the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi — The Island University.

The symphony brought in a new maestro, Hector Guzman, in 2017. After a series of auditions with four renowned conductors, Guzman came out on top with an exciting pop-culture performance. Each candidate conducted a show in the orchestra’s 2016-17 season as an audition.

“Every concert will be different and exciting,” said Madeline Schmidt, CCSO marketing director. “We design our seasons to feature something for every music lover.”

From American composers to Broadway to cultural music, every music lover will find something to enjoy each season. In addition to the music, concerts include lively pre-show entertainment in the lobby and a cash bar.

The CCSO also puts on two community box concerts. Perhaps the newest (and already most beloved) community box event is Pops in the Park. This celebration at Whataburger Field in downtown is the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra’s gift to the community each April. It is extremely popular and sells out the more than 7,000 stadium seats each year.

“We work with the city to coordinate the Harbor Bridge lights with the symphony’s music,” said Vicki Triplett, director of Corporate and Community Relations for the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

Pops in the Park offers affordable ticket prices and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Live music is in tune with a stunning fireworks display at the end of evening.

Pre-show activities include an instrument petting zoo, where kids can get a hands-on experience discovering the magic of music. Admission for kids 12 and younger is free; adult admission is $10.

“We really aim to make this an evening for family fun,” Triplett said.

The CCSO performs its regular shows at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive. for information on parking, directions, and more. Purchase tickets online atccsymphony.orgor by calling the box office at (361) 883-NOTE (6683).

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