Symphony of Southeast Texas

Even though the Christmas season feels like it has been in full swing since Nov. 1, the official festive fulfillment is not complete until one hears the official soundtrack to Christmas – those favorite holiday songs and beloved carols that bring about the spirit of the season.

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The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) announced in a June 21 press release that Chelsea Tipton, music director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST), has been appointed as its new Principal Pops Conductor.

Chelsea will lead the NHSO Pops for three years, beginning with his debut in October, the release states, but Tipton told The Examiner he would remain director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

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The vision for Independence Day celebrations can be traced back to a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, in which Adams speaks of dreams of “pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” Although Adams originally thought America’s independence would be celebrated July 2, Congress delayed the signing of the Declaration of Independence by two days. What would transpire thereafter would change the world and shape a nation.

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 Craig Escamilla

The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) announces that Executive Director Craig Escamilla will resign his position effective May 31 to accept a position at Lamar University.

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Roman Journeys

Pine trees are common in the Gulf Coast region and often go unnoticed by many Southeast Texans during their everyday scurry, but for early 20th century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, the pines of the Villa Bor­ghese gardens in Rome were more than mere trees — they were part of a glorious setting that inspired a musical masterpiece.

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