The Valley Symphony Orchestra opens its 58th year on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Everyone in the Rio Grande Valley who appreciates classical music should jot down that date.

Maestro Peter Dabrowski begins his 10th season with the Valley Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted internationally, after starting his career in Poland.

Opening night begins with Brahms’ “Tragic Overture, Op. 81.” Two of the Valley’s top pianists, Dr. Dahlia Guerra and Daniel Steenken, then play the Concerto for ”Two Pianos in D minor” by Poulenc.After Beethoven climaxes the second half with “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, 0p. 67,” the lovers of true symphony music almost certainly will cheer to the ceiling of the Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.

Unlike the raucous cheers for modern music by most modern youth, there will be more traditional applause, yet the standing ovations always appear well deserved.

Probably close to half of the audience, or more, have played musical instruments themselves. Many underwrite the Valley Symphony Orchestra to keep it alive and growing.

Ticket prices vary considerably. For more information, reach the Valley Symphony Orchestra at telephone 956-661-1615 or e-mail: office@

If you’ve never seen and heard the Valley Symphony Orchestra in action, you will be missing the finest attraction of all the music open to the public in the Valley. Having seen and heard a majority of the concerts since the orchestra began 58 years ago, this reviewer never has been disappointed by any performance.