Inviting an international guest pianist and featuring three of Europe’s greatest all-time composers, Maestro Peter Dabrowski created an unforgettable concert in Edinburg Nov. 4.

After attracting the Valley Symphony’s first full house for a concert in September, the Fine Arts Auditorium crowd narrowly missed filling a second full house Nov. 4

Tickets probably will be almost certainly prized for the next program, the Christmas Concert at the McAllen Civic Center Dec. 4.

This reviewer asked Maestro Dabrowski afterward to describe the orchestra’s performance.

Dabrowski answered, “The Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Nov. 4 concert program covered music from classical and romantic periods, as well as the 20th Century. In all the pieces, the orchestra performed as if they felt at home with the style.

“The performance of Mozart was filled with precision and confidence, along with musical nuances. It could be compared to a Swiss watch. The middle section of the overture featured beautiful solos from the woodwind section.

“During the Shostakovich piano concerto, soloist Haysun Kang delivered a very polished performance full of technical prowess and beautiful sound. The second movement was filled with elegance and was simply outstanding. The orchestra accompaniment was accurate, even in the most complex rhythmical passages of the Third Movement.

“Dvorak’s New World Symphony performance showed the full range of the orchestra. The score requires different moods and colors throughout, from very soft and lyrical to the grand culmination of the finale. The performance was unique and exciting.”

Maestro Dabrowski conducted with an individual approach to each theme. The lyrical themes were performed with a slightly lower tempo while the energetic passages were performed with faster tempos. “This finale delivered colossal sound from the brass section and whole orchestra,” he concluded.

Haysun Kang, the guest pianist, has appeared extensively in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and as a soloist with orchestras with major concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall, in Europe and many places around the world. She is a native of Korea and won the Asian Young Artist Piano Competition when she was 12 years old.

She earned her Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University and is currently a faculty member at Loyola University in Chicago.

The next chance to see the Valley Symphony Orchestra in its third concert this season will be Thursday, Dec. 4, at the McAllen Civic Center. The program will feature Handel’s Messiah, sung by the Valley Symphony Chorale. Dr. Christopher Munn is director of the Chorale. Highlights will be The Many Moods of Christmas and other holiday favorites.

Tickets may be purchased at the Valley Symphony Orchestra box office at the Chase Bank Tower at 200 South Tenth St. or online at or by phoning 956-661-1615.