Provided by the Manassas Symphony Orchestra

The Manassas Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will open its 2019-2020 season on October 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Under the baton of Music Director James Villani, the concert will feature a performance of the marvelous Symphony No.1 in E minor by American composer Florence Price.

Price is considered the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and the first to have a composition performed by a large orchestra. Born in Arkansas and trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, she composed this symphony, the first of four, in 1931-32. He won first prize in a competition of African-American composers and premiered with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1933. She has written many other pieces including choral works, chamber music, arrangements spirituals and piano concertos. His orchestral music, however, has remained unpublished and rarely performed until recently. This event is a great opportunity for the public to experience this music for the first time.

The featured soloist is David Pedraza. He was born in Reynosa, Mexico, and received a full scholarship from the Shenandoah Conservatory. He is now the solo viola of the Symphony of the Americas at Fort. Lauderdale, playing the role of William Walton Concerto for viola.

Don’t miss the MSO season opening concert.

Season passes and individual concert tickets are available at the Hylton Center box office or by calling 888-945-2468. All children’s and student tickets (up to college) are free.