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Conductor Jason Lim, music director of the McKinney Philharmonic in McKinney TX, is the winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Programming, 2021, the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, in the professional orchestra division. Jason was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the musical and theater arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Applications for the 2022 contests are being accepted through the covid-extended deadline of September 14, 2021. (theamericanprize.org)

 

Link to official announcement: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2021/08/winners-orchestral-programming.html

 

About the Award: The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community.  


You can read more about Maestro Marijosius here: http://rememberingmarijosius.blogspot.com/2010/11/t-o-t-h-e-r-e-c-i-p-i-e-n-t-o-f-h-e-v-y.html

Or visit the collection of his historic documents, programs and photographs here: https://marijosius.tumblr.com/

 

The artist provided this biographical sketch:

 

Recognized by the Denton-Record Chronicle as one of “2012’s Most Fascinating People,” the career of conductor Jason Lim is on the rise. Lim was born in Penang, Malaysia and began his formal training in viola performance when he won a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Alice Waten. He commenced his studies at the Canberra (Australia) School of Music, and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. Jason received his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of North Texas.

 

Known for his fine technique in performances and innovative programming, Jason began his conducting studies in Australia: first as an apprentice with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, and later as an Assistant Conductor with the Ku Ring Gai Philharmonic Orchestra in Sydney, a position that was awarded in conjunction with winning 1st Prize in the New South Wales Ministry of Arts Conducting Prize. Most recently, in a competitive selection process, Jason was selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts into the Texas Touring Roster Inclusion. In 2016-2017 Jason was the 1st Prize Winner of the American Prize Competition for professional conductors. In 2015 Jason was the 2nd Prize Winner. Additionally, In 2016 Jason received the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for excellence in performing American Music.  In 2013 Jason made his European conducting debut with the Academic State Concert Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev and in 2014 appeared as guest conductor with the Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Jason has also appeared as guest conductor with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and Johnstown Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as guest conductor with choruses around the globe. In addition, Jason's work extends to other art mediums such as visual arts and dance notably with collaborations with prominent dance choreographers like Bill Evans. Jason has also appeared as guest conductor of the Denton Bach Society and the American Baroque Opera Orchestra. 

 

 

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Antonio Carlos Jobim is known as the father of Bossa Nova. With songs like Girl from Ipanema, Desafinado, How Insensitive and Wave. The McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra will dazzle and sooth the souls or every listener with the smooth Bossa Nova sounds of JOBIM. The evening will feature two of Dallas' brightest stars in Jazz, the incomparable Miss Candace Mahogany Miller and Miss Tatiana Mayfield. 

ONLINE TICKET SALES ONLY

Due to social distancing, only limited ticket available. 

To purchase tickets, click below:

https://app.gopassage.com/events/bossa-nova-tribute-to-antonio-carlos-jobim

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When the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra moved to McKinney from Denton in 2014, the orchestra has grown and has become an art gem in the city of McKinney. 

The McKinney Arts Commission has embraced the orchestra and has given it all the support it needs. 

In 2019 the leadership of the orchestra and organization decided to make a name change. 

We are now called the McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra. 

It is a new direction for the orchestra are we are here to stay. 

For season tickets, visit:

www.mckinneyphilharmonic.org

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On Saturday, February 23 Grammy Award Winning Polka Rock Band, Brave Combo will join forces with McKinney's Odysseus Chamber Orchestra in a fun filled Polka Rock concert at the Faubion Middle School Auditorium.  McKinney's Mayor, George Fuller will make a guest conducting appearance with the orchestra. This will be the first time the orchestra will be honored by Mayor George Fuller's presence. 

"This will be such a symbolic event for the city of McKinney and how much the city values the arts" say Artistic Director Jason Lim. Maestro Jason Lim also states that this will be first of its kind in McKinney. Since 2014 when the orchestra moved from Denton to McKinney, it has become an arts gem. The orchestra has won numerous national awards and has brought some unique concerts to the city of McKinney. 

For tickets and more information, visit www.odysseusorchestra.com 

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Come hear Brave Combo like no other. This dynamic Grammy Award Winning Polka Group will join forces with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra to add depth and gusto to hits we all know and love. These songs have been arranged with full symphony accompaniment. 

McKinney Mayor, George Fulller will appear as guest conductor.


DO NOT MISS OUT!

 

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE:

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3675980

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The Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra will feature this one of a kind concert.  Like no other Christmas show, this is a true collaboration of DFW's most talented musicians - maestro Jason Lim and the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra. Joining the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra are, William Foley piano trio, Jason Davis on Jazz Saxophone, Candace Miller Jazz vocalist, Keyreel Raskolenko on Celtic violin and Ben Katzen on Blues cello. 

The orchestra will also feature special guest stars: Maylee Thomas, McKinney Mayor George Fuller, Andy Timmons and the Maylee Thomas Band. 

Come hear original arrangements of the Christmas songs you know and love performed by the award-winning Odysseus Chamber Orchestra and a cast of all-star jazz performers from around the world. 

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The Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra will complete its inaugural season and will be looking for to kick off the second season with auditions. This season saw, the orchestra and its young members perform great works from master composers like Aaron Copland, Sergei Prokofiev and Antonin Dvorak. The orchestra also performed for veterans on Veteran's Day working with local actor, Steve Powell and with distinguished  solo artists, Mikhail Berestnev on piano and Kathleen Long on cello. 

The orchestra will be conducting auditions in April, June and throughout the summer of 2018. 

This Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra also has programs unique to this region such as the Mentorship Program and the Side-by-side Program. These programs gives members of the youth orchestra the special opportunity to perform along side the Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra. The Odysseus orchestra is the mother organization of the youth orchestra. This season, Shaunessy Renker, a senior from McKinney Boyd High School and concertmaster of the youth orchestra was selected to participate in all of the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra's subscription concerts. Furthermore, several students from the youth orchestra was selected to perform side-by-side with the Odysseus Orchestra in the Movie Magic concert in March, performing music of Star Wars, Star Trek, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. This experience is only available with with the Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra. 

You can sign up for auditions at:

www.gntyo.org

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https://www.facebook.com/GNTYO/videos/435579290210523/?fref=mentions

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The Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra will complete its inaugural season and will be looking for to kicking off the second season with auditions. This season saw, the orchestra and its young members perform great work from master composers like Aaron Copland, Sergei Prokofiev and Antonin Dvorak. The orchestra also performed for veterans on Veteran's Day working with local actor, Steve Powell and with distinguished  solo artists, Mikhail Berestnev on piano and Kathleen Long on cello. 

The orchestra will be conducting auditions in April, June and throughout the summer of 2018. 

This Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra also has programs unique to this region such as the Mentorship Program and the Side-by-side Program. These programs gives members of the youth orchestra the special opportunity to perform along side the Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra. The Odysseus orchestra is the mother organization of the youth orchestra. 

You can sign up for auditions at:

www.gntyo.org

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The multiple award winning Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra presents a fun filled evening of Frank Sinatra and friends, featuring hits from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior. The dynamic trio known as the Rat Pack has wowed and captivated audiences for generations past, present and future. The orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Jason Lim will collaborate with Las Vegas singer and entertainer Teddy Davey.

Among Teddy’s extensive singing career, he is an Undermain Company Member with collaborations of Vinegar Tom, Poor Folk’s Pleasure, Nightcoil, Cabaret Epiphany, Goose and Tomtom, Red Plays, Camino Real, The Castle, The Possibilities, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and The Conference of the Birds.  Teddy has also directed and adapted works like Comedy of Errors and Venus and Adonis. Teddy has also worked with Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Shakespeare and received the Rabin Award for his work in The Three Cuckolds.

In Las Vegas,Teddy was resident singer at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Las Vegas for two year, lead player in “BA DA BING!” for 2 ½ years at the Stardust, Aladdin, Orleans in Las Vegas. He was one of the original Gondolier crew at the Venetian and fronted “The KOKOMO Show” for 18 months at Harrah’s in Las Vegas. Teddy is also one of the original “Las Vegas Tenors”.  Five years ago. He bought The Balcony Club in Dallas (www.balconyclub.com). It has since been recognized as the Best Jazz Bar by local and national press including, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, The Dallas Observer, and Esquire.

These performances will showcase original arrangements of the jazzy big band sound accompanied by the serenity of the lush string showcasing hits like New York, New York, The Way You Look Tonight, Begin the Beguine, I’ve got the World on a sting and many more.

Where and When:        November 2, 8:00 PM at the Eisemann Center in Richardson

                                  November 3, 8:00 PM at the McKinney Performing Arts Center

                                  November 4, 8:00 PM at the Grace Church in Frisco

 

For Advanced Tickets: www.odysseusorchestra.com

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For orchestra and band high school and middle school music students who wants more musical enrichment, Sign up for auditions for this new exciting youth orchestra.

Auditions are July 8 and August 12.

To learn more: 

www.odysseusorchestra.com/youth-orchestra