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Featuring Concerto Winner, Gerardo Adrian Garcia, violin

The South Texas Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, for a Special Concerto. This performance will feature violin concerto winner, Gerardo Adrian Garcia. The event will be held at the Edinburg City Auditorium located on 204 N. 7th St. (just West of the Court House, off of University Drive) in Edinburg at 4 p.m.

Son of Margarita Oyervides and Jose Antonio Garcia, Gerardo Adrian Garcia, age 15, was born in McAllen. Garcia started playing the violin at the age of 12 under the direction of Jennifer Miller. During his first year playing the violin, he was a member of the chamber orchestra at Morris Middle School.

As an eighth grader, Garcia earned first chair violin and was named regional concert master while under the study of Jeoffrey Wong. During the summer of 2012, he received the honor of being one of 200 students from around the world to be accepted into Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, New York. While attending this seven-week summer program designed for accomplished young violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists, he studied under Julliard Professor, Dr. Ann Setzer.

Garcia has participated in master classes for Ann Setzer, Steven Rochen, Carmello de los Santos, and has played privately for Jan Mark Sloman and Dr. Daniel Andai. Recently, he played under the conduction of world renowned conductor, Alondra de La Parra. This year, Garcia was accepted into The Brevard Music Center, a seven-week summer institute and festival in western North Carolina. He was among a group of students who received a scholarship.

He is currently a ninth grader at Edinburg High School where he is ranked as one of the top ten students of his class. He continues his music studies with Juan Carlos Menendez and Lorena Lopez.

As a gift, mothers and grandmothers will receive free admission to this concert. The first 100 mothers will receive an Edible Arrangements goody box to be filled at a later time at the McAllen store between May 15 - 29.

Led by Maestro Lucas Darger, South Texas Youth Symphony Orchestra will play music such as Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius; Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badelt, Arr. Douglas Stroud; Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14 by Sergei Rachmaninov, Arr. Douglas Stroud and Symphony No. 5 “Reformation,” Op. 107 by Felix Mendelssohn.

Arrive early to enjoy a reception of cookies, coffee, lemonade and muffin bites starting at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the VSO Box Office at 661-1615 or stop by the VSO Box Office located in the Chase (Neuhaus) Tower, 200 South 10th St., Suite 104 in McAllen to reserve your tickets. The Box Office is open weekdays from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be secured online at or purchased at the door.

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