Garland Symphony Orchestra Press Release – February 2017

The Garland Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 2016-2017 Season, “Symphony Goes Wild!” at the Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium. The season continues on February 17, 2017 and all performances are at 8:00PM! 
Garland, TX; (January 31, 2017) Garland Symphony Orchestra continues its 2016-2017 Season, “Symphony Goes Wild!” on February 17, 2017 at 8:00PM at the Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium, Garland, TX. 
Composers have always taken inspiration from nature, so it is no surprise that many have picked up their pens to give us musical depictions of the fascinating creatures with whom we share the planet. Throughout the 2016-17 Season, the talented musicians of the Garland Symphony Orchestra will offer our audience the most delightful and entertaining of these philharmonic fauna, from the smallest (Shostakovich’s gadfly) to the largest (Saint-Saëns’ elephants). Our musical zoo will include bears (Haydn and Bartók), horses (Auber), penguins (Scott), and even a cow (Milhaud). A few mythical animals will come to musical life as well, including Stravinsky’s Firebird and Debussy’s Faun. It’s a symphonic safari not to be missed!
This concert will feature the GSO’s Principal Bassoon, Leslie Massenburg, performing Hummel’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra.
Leslie Massenburg began her musical studies with piano at the age of five. She started playing the bassoon in 1995 and continued to Baylor University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in bassoon performance and piano pedagogy. She furthered her bassoon studies with a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and three years at the prestigious Aspen Summer Music Festival where she studied with Wilfred Roberts, principal with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Per Hannevold, principal of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, respectively.
Leslie is a frequent substitute with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, recently accompanying them on their residency in Vail, as well as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Summer Musicals, and the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Leslie is the principal bassoonist for the Las Colinas, Garland, and Arlington Symphonies. As well as the contrabassoonist for the Dallas Wind Symphony and Plano Symphony.
Leslie is adjunct bassoon professor for Brookhaven College and has an extensive private teaching studio in the Dallas area. In the summers, she has served on the faculty of the Baylor University Summer Music Camps and is the director of the Bassoon
Academy of Dallas. She recently completed filming for MusicProfessor, a series of online, interactive bassoon lessons for schools and students without access to a private teacher. Leslie lives with her husband and children in Richardson.
This concert will feature guest conductor, Jan Zarzycki, of Poland.  Jan Miłosz Zarzycki is Managing and Artistic Director of the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża. He is also a Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He is a prize winner of international competitions in Italy, Spain and Hungary.
He studied conducting with Marek Pijarowski at the Music Academy in Wrocław, earning his diploma with distinction in 1994. He then continued his studies in Vienna and Berlin, under the guidance of such famous conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur and Claudio Abbado.  He has worked with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, and the Warsaw Chamber Opera. In 1999, he was nominated to join the conducting faculty at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He has conducted most of Poland’s symphony orchestras, and foreign tours have taken him to Germany, France, Austria, Holland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Macedonia, the United States, Portugal, Mexico, Norway, Belgium, Lithuania and Belarus. So far, he has recorded ten albums, one of which garnered a nomination for the Fryderyk Award of the Polish recording industry.
Garland Symphony credits its Music Director, Robert Carter Austin, for its continued outstanding and diverse orchestral programming. Maestro Austin’s background encompasses over 30 years of professional music experience and includes degrees
from MIT, Cambridge University, and Stanford University. Maestro Austin’s musical experience includes conducting performances in countries including: Korea, Ukraine, Canada, Italy, Spain, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Colombia, Philippines, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and the United States.
Season tickets as low as $61!  Single tickets are priced at $17.50, $27.50, and $37.50.  All are available by telephone (972.926.0611), fax (972.926.0811), or email ([email protected] ).  Group discounts are available; please call the Garland Symphony Orchestra office for more information (972.926.0611).
All concerts begin at 8:00PM at the Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium