“Over the past 26 years the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra has undergone several changes,” writes Hannah Zedaker in Thursday’s (11/15) Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas). “TWSO was founded in 1992 by the late [violinist] Fredell Lack [and] performed regularly in the Woodlands area until the Great Recession hit, and the organization was forced to disband in 2008…. It was not until 2013 that TWSO made its comeback…. A lot has changed for TWSO. In 2013, [Artistic Director Darryl Bayer] said TWSO was made up of about 70 percent professional musicians … and only 30 percent of community musicians…. Today, Bayer said TWSO is about 50 percent of each. ‘We could not survive financially if it wasn’t for all of our volunteer musicians,’ Bayer said…. With the opening of the Glade Arts Foundation earlier this year, Bayer said TWSO also now has the ability to perform on a more frequent, intimate basis … with each concert boasting a different theme. ’We try to keep it interesting and innovative … by including things like interpretive dancers, live painters and poets,’ Bayer said…. TWSO also launched the Woodlands Area Youth Symphony in 2016…. WAYS performs its own concerts independent of TWSO as well as side-by-side concerts.”

Posted November 19, 2018