Maestro discusses upcoming season

Local music director speaks on his upcoming events and their significance

By Sophia Gravatt
On October 11, 2019

Photo contributed by Ram TV: Kate Creecy, of Ram TV, interviews Maestro Hector Guzman.


Maestro Hector Guzman, the music director of the San An­gelo Symphony, on Oct. 1 discussed his upcoming projects.

Guzman said this year, the San Angelo Symphony will be celebrat­ing 75 years of existence.

“The whole season embodies the celebratory spirit,” Guz­man said. “Among many other things, we start with the Dallas String Quartet Electric and finish with the music of Queen.”

He said they also have a concert in March called “Wicked Divas,” which will include two singers from the Broadway show “Wicked.” He said they will also do a tribute to composer Ludwig von Beethoven because 2020 will be the 150th anniversary of his birth.

“We have never had a complete tribute to a Broadway show, we’ve never had the Dallas String Quartet with an orchestra and we have never done the music of Queen,” Guzman said. “This is very unique.”

Guzman also talked about the creative process behind picking the themes and pieces that they play.

“We have an artistic committee that is made up of mem­bers from our board and some well-known musicians in the area,” he said. “We plan the season one year, sometimes two years in ad­vance, because the artists get booked.”

He said that the committee discusses the type of music they will perform, but ultimately the decision is up to him.

He described what it’s like to put together the show and conducting the symphony.

“When you’re dealing with professional players, one of the greatest joys is that you know that no matter the difficulty of the piece, these guys are going to play,” he said. “I know it’s going to be good.”

Lastly, he gave advice to aspiring musicians.

“One of the things I would always encour­age young musicians is to go and listen,” he said. “Go watch and listen and learn from that. Hope­fully you will get inspired.”

For more on the interview tune into Ram Radio or visit Rammedia.tv

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