In Monday’s (9/5) Las Vegas Review-Journal, Doug McMurdo writes, “Conductor Taras Krysa speaks of ‘the spirit of the music.’ Concert Master Garth McBride says it comes down to ‘we want to play.’ Members of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra share a lot, including a love for classical music, a deep respect for their conductor, and that need to perform before live audiences. This year they have something extra to be proud of: the community orchestra’s 25th anniversary. And they’re celebrating it with a series of concerts to fit every classical music lover’s tastes, including some guest soloists. …Frank Irvin, the orchestra teacher at Basic High School, founded the Henderson Symphony Orchestra in 1986 with an ambition no bigger than giving his students a place to practice and perform once their high school careers closed out. … As it improved, city officials realized it could add to Henderson’s image and it began to enjoy financial support from Henderson’s Cultural Arts and Tourism Department. … Krysa hopes to display some ‘surprise’ at his 25th anniversary season, with more concerts, special music and guest soloists. The orchestra will play Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 at its Sept. 17 season opener.”

Posted September 6, 2011