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For Immediate Release

DALLAS – In September, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra will feature composer Elaine Gardner-Morales, music professor, as it performs her “Seasonal Overture” at a concert in Mesquite as well as a performance at Brookhaven College. For the third year, the orchestra returns to the college. Each time, a music professor has taken a central role in the performance and concert, Sept. 15 in the Student Services Center at 8 p.m., will be no exception.

Gardner-Morales is the director and founder of the award-winning Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and brings a broad base of music experience to the college. For 20 years, she composed original compositions and arrangements for a variety of community and church choirs throughout the Dallas area. Added to her composing, Gardner-Morales teaches courses in theory, vocal jazz and music appreciation at Brookhaven College. In 2001, she was selected as the college’s Piper Professor nominee, and she has received numerous awards for her work as an educator, composer and director. She also is active as a clinician/adjudicator in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Music in theory and composition from East Texas State.

In addition to Gardner-Morales’ Overture, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra will perform Arthur Honegger’s “Pastorale D’ete” or “Summer Pastorale,” Maurice Ravel’s beautiful “Ma Mere L’Oye” and Johan Halvorsen’s “Einzugsmarsch der Boyaren” or “Entrance March of the Boyars.” Their concert also will include a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the movie blockbuster Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, by performing John Williams’ “Star Wars Suite.”

The 2007-2008 concert season marks the fifteenth season for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Roger Gilliam. For ticket information or to reserve tickets, call the School of the Arts Box Office at 972-860-4118.




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