Premiere of Irving Symphony Orchestra’s “Couture Music”

This Friday night, February 11th marks the US premiere of the Irving Symphony Orchestra’s series entitled “Couture Music.” The ambitious season will be a symphonic collaboration with Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, and shows will be staged in both Irving on February 11 and Dallas on February 12, 2011.

The five original productions will explore the historic interface between music and fashion, combining beloved chamber orchestrations and couture apparel in a deft, one-of-a-kind runway presentation. Featuring Mr. Joaquin Achucarro, international recording artist and distinguished Professor of Piano Performance at SMU, attendees will witness a performance of Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor K. 491 by Mozart.  Mr. Achucarro executed recordings with the London Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic in 2010.

Repertoire for the events will likewise include excerpts from Serenade for Strings by Dvorak, Ma M`ere L’Oye by Ravel, Petite Suite by Debussy/Busser, and  Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92 by Beethoven.

Ms. Jan Strimple, Dallas fashion icon, will serve as Executive Fashion Producer and Master of Ceremonies.   Saks Fifth Avenue will serve as couture fashion sponsor, and The Campbell Agency of Dallas has been engaged to provide and stage professional models.

COUTURE MUSIC continues the ISO’s industry-progressive artistic direction, staging original interdisciplinary symphonic presentations in North Texas. Additional sponsors include the Las Colinas Medical Center, Anthony Chiang Photography, Dart, Bachendorf’s Jewelers, TACA and the City or Irving/Irving Arts Center.

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