The music of three heavyweights -- Wagner, Mozart and Gershwin -- will be featured at the next concert of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale April 14 in Edinburg.

George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" is one of the all-time best American operas. Gershwin converted a stage play to an opera six years after it had lost money on stage. Many think the "Porgy and Bess" is the best American opera.

Anyone who has ever heard (or seen) "Porgy and Bess," even abbreviated like this, will enjoy hearing it again. This is a knockout among all operas, because Gershwin kept it alive. "Porgy and Bess" opened Oct. 10, 1935, at the Alvin Theater in New York.

Wagner will provide "Prelude and Love Death" from "Tristan and Isolde," which premiered in Munich, Germany, on June 10, 1865. One German critic said that "Tristan" Is "music's great testament to sexual love."

Mozart's "Concerto for Bassoon in B flat Major, K. 186e," will feature John Miller on bassoon. Miller became the principal bassoon with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1971 and is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota.

If you want to see and hear one of the best Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale concerts, hope that there are still tickets available.

The orchestra will play at the University of Texas- Pan American Fine Arts Auditorium on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. in Edinburg under the direction of Dr. Peter Dabrowski. The chorale is directed by Dr. Christopher Munn.

Tickets (if still available) may be purchased at the Valley Symphony Orchestra office in the Neuhaus Tower in McAllen at 200 S. 10th St. or by telephone at (956)661-1615. There are several prices available.