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Lubbock Symphony Announces Second Masterworks Concert of the 2019-2020 Season

Violist Kimberly Sparr joins the LSO as featured soloist


LUBBOCK, TX – The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO) presents its second Masterworks concert of the 2019-2020 season, An American in Paris!, on November 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. This concert, directed by David Cho, features guest artist Kimberly Sparr on viola. The performance will include:

  • • George Gershwin: An American in Paris
    • Johannes Brahms (arr. Berio): Viola Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1
    • Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galanta
    • Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis

This concert begins with Gershwin’s beloved An American in Paris. This piece tells the story of an American man traveling in France, and audiences are treated to exciting musical depictions of Paris, complete with honking taxi horns. This orchestral composition also served as inspiration for the 1951 musical film of the same name. Violist Kimberly Sparr will then take the stage to perform Brahms’ Viola Sonata No. 1. Originally written for clarinet and piano, Luciano Berio produced the arrangement used in this concert for viola and orchestra. Audiences will be treated to both dazzling technique and moving lyricism from Sparr. The program continues with Kodály’s Dances of Galanta and closes with Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis.

“You won’t want to miss our second Masterworks concert of the season!” said David Cho, LSO music director. “The orchestra will be performing four great compositions, and soloist Kimberly Sparr is sure to bring the audience to their feet!”

Equally skilled as a solo, chamber, and orchestral violist, Kimberly Sparr is the assistant professor of viola at Texas Tech University and is a founding member of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble. During the summers, she is the assistant principal violist of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. As an orchestral violist, Sparr has performed with National Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, among others.

Tickets start at $25. Patrons can also purchase tickets to Soundbites, a pre-concert dinner and conversation with Maestro David Cho for just $30 per guest. For more information, call (806) 762-1688 or visit


For more information, call (806) 762-1688 or visit


The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the oldest community organizations in Lubbock. Founded in 1946, LSO is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the South Plains region and is made up of professional talented musicians from all parts of the Lubbock Community. The LSO seeks to enhance the community we serve by providing quality symphonic performances and educational experiences for thousands of children across the greater Lubbock area.