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Octavio Gutierrez

For Immediate Release: Through Sept. 16

DALLAS – In a concert focusing on the “alter egos” of many popular composers and musical pieces, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Brookhaven College Performance Hall Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. For the past two years, the Mesquite Symphony has teamed with the Brookhaven College School of the Arts to offer a special performance and this year’s program is titled “Alter Ego.” The performance will feature Octavio Gutierrez, professor of music at Brookhaven College, as the piano soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 alternately titled “The Emperor.”

Gutierrez joined the faculty of the School of the Arts Music Department in 2001. He directs the college’s keyboard studies program and teaches courses in piano, music appreciation, music literature and string ensemble.

Born in Mexico, Gutierrez began his musical training at the age of five and entered the National Conservatory of Music to study under the direction of one of the most prestigious music teachers in Mexico, Maria Teresa Rodriguez. Gutierrez won National Honorable Mention in the National Youth Competition in Mexico, the prestigious Rotary International Foundation Scholarship, and was able to continue his studies at the University of North Texas where he also won the annual scholarship competition. Gutierrez’s primary instructor was the three-time winner of the National Chopin Competition of Poland, Mr. Adam Wodnicki.

Keeping in the theme, the MSO, under the direction of Roger Gilliam, will perform the refreshingly original “1712 Overture: For Really Big Orchestra” by P.D.Q. Bach, the nom de plume of Peter Schickele, along with Giovanni Gabrielli’s majestic work for three brass choirs, “Septimi Toni,” and Aaron Copland’s music from his score of “Our Town.”

The 2006-2007 concert season marks the 13th season for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Mr. Gilliam. Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. For ticket information or to reserve tickets, call the School of the Arts Box Office at 972-860-4118. Ticket sales benefit student scholarships.



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