Russian String Orchestra

The Russian String Orchestra will perform at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on Thursday.

Music is in the air as two local colleges are hosting multiple upcoming concerts.

Temple College Vocal Point

Vocal Point, a collegiate student ensemble at Temple College, will give a free concert titled “On Our Way to Stardom,” 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre on the TC campus.

The program will feature music about striving for the next job or big break to become a star. “Every member of Vocal Point, and pretty much every singer in the world can relate to this subject matter,” said director Dr. Sara Harris Baker. “The singers know the adrenaline of auditions and the excitement of being cast, or the rejection of being passed over, all of which will be explored in this 45-minute program.”

Temple College Orchestra

The Temple College Orchestra will begin its concert season with a bag of classical treats, just in time for Halloween. The orchestra will perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts auditorium on the TC campus at 2600 S. First St. Mary Fairlie will direct the orchestra.

Musical selections for full orchestra will include Hungarian Dances 5 and 6 by Johannes Brahms, “Carmen” Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet, “Sicilienne” by Gabriel Faure for harp, flute and strings. “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi, a multi-movement for chamber orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists, will also be presented.

Featured soloists are Terri Johnson, Penny Hogan, Sara Harris Baker, Priscilla Santana and Katie Rachal.

In an effort to raise money for student music scholarships, admission to the concert is $5 for adults. Children and students are admitted for free.

Selected members of the Temple College string section will also be playing a concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the First Presbyterian Church in Belton, 2500 N. Church St. They will be collaborating with The Choral League of Central Texas for a presentation of the “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi.

Symphonic band concert

A symphonic band featuring players from Temple College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas will present a concert titled “Friends Old and New” Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus.

 The program will include standard wind band compositions by composers who have been active over the past 100 years. Along with other works, the program will consist of “In Storm and Sunshine March” by John Clifford Heed, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance, “Emperata Overture” by Claude T. Smith, and “Sun Dance” by Frank Ticheli.

 Admission is $5 for adults and free for students. Proceeds will help provide scholarships for Temple College music students.

For more information on this and other upcoming fine arts events at Temple College, visit www.templejc.edu or call the Fine Arts Division office at 254-298-8555.

Russian String Orchestra

On Thursday, Nov. 2, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will open its 2018 Hillman Visiting Artist Series with a performance by the Russian String Orchestra, accompanied by Michelle Shumann, professor of piano. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Baugh Performance Hall at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

The Russian String Orchestra will perform works by composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Tickets can be ordered online from the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center website, https://go.umhb.edu/about/pac/home, or from the center’s box office. Box office hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the event. For more information call 254-295-5999.

UMHB Concert Choir

On Friday, Nov. 2, the UMHB Concert Choir will hold its fall concert, titled “Songs of Hope,” at 7:30 p.m. inside the Baugh Performance Hall at the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The centerpiece of the program is a poignant song about suicide titled “Please Stay.” The composer incorporates tweets from real people who contemplated suicide but chose to keep living instead. It is a powerful testament to life and courage. The program also features student conductor Matt McKinnon and soloists Diajinae Harris, Sarah Ash, Savannah Sepulveda, and Sean Clark. The final piece on the program features a string quartet and UMHB percussionists Jeremy Cannon, Diana Freese-Sagarino, Curtis Hair, Reymond Rivas, and Haley Spencer.

Tickets are not required but guests are encouraged to arrive early. The doors of the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating begins at 7 p.m. The performing arts center is located at 810 N. Main St. in Belton.