Amarillo Symphony Presents on HPPR

Sundays at noon; repeats Thursdays 7pm CT

Amarillo Symphony Presents is a cooperative effort between High Plains Public Radio and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, bringing listeners highlights from some of the finest performances in our region.

The 2019 broadcast season is in full effect. Tune in as we feature new live recordings from the Amarillo Symphony's 2017-2018 season, under the baton of 17th musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

To see a listing of selections broadcast on this program, scroll down or click here.

We have a winner!

Sep 14, 2019

Melody Malouf of Amarillo has won two tickets to the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season.

Thanks to the generous folks at Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, High Plains Public Radio is pleased to offer TWO TICKETS to any regular season performance for the ASO in the 2019-2020 season (excluding special performances). See below for eligible performances!

Thanks so much to Evgeny Zvonnikov for stopping by High Plains Morning to remind folks about the upcoming Season Opening Concert for the Harrington String Quartet on Friday, November 9th at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. 

Hear all of the details in our interview below:

John Graham

Recently I spoke with Amarillo Symphony Music director and conducter Jacomo Bairos about the 2018-2019 season now underway. In this audio clip, Bairos talks about the exciting  music, performers and outreach plans for the Amarillo Symphony for the current season.

Pampa native and internationally renowned soprano Mary Jane Johnson sparkles as the featured soloist in this week's Amarillo Symphony Presents.   Johnson joins conductor Jacomo Bairos and the Symphony for some grand opera favorites including two arias by Puccinni and "Es gibt ein Reich" from Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos."  A virtuosic reading of Wagner's celebrated "Ride of the Valkyries'' concludes the program.

Works by four of France's greatest composers are featured on this week's presentation of Amarillo Symphony Presents. 

Jacomo Bairos conducts Ravel's "Rigadoun" from "Le Tambeau de Couperin" and "La Mer," one of the greatest works in the symphonic repertoire. 

Violinist Ilana Sutapen is the soloist for Camille Saint-Saens' "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" and the stirring "Poeme for Violin and Orchestra" by Ernst Chausson. These two pieces are performed under the baton of guest conductor Lawrence Loh.

Alexi Kenney is the featured soloist this week on the program, performing Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor. The concerto is the only one Jean Sibelius published throughout a long and influential career. Kenney was named "a talent to watch" by the New York Times and was a recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Brahm's Variations on a Theme of Haydn, a personal favorite piece of the composer and audiences alike opens the program. Both works are performed under the direction of Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

A dazzling program of symphonic masterpieces marks the 2018 debut of Amarillo Symphony Presents on HPPR. Guest conductor Yanniv Dinur leads the orchestra through a sublime performance of Gabriel Faure's "Pavane" and Stilian Kirov also has a turn at the podium conducting the Fourth Symphony (Italian) by Felix Mendelssohn.  Ravel's "Alborada del Gracioso" and Chris Rogerson's "The Way Through" are performed under the baton of AS Music Director, Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

Jacomo Bairos conducts a magnificent performance of the Third Symphony, "Eroica" by Ludwig Von Beethoven. The program opens with Mozart's beloved Overture from "The Marriage of Figaro."

The final broadcast for the Summer 2018 season of Amarillo Symphony Presents is Thursday, September 13th at 7pm CT. Highlights include "South Pacific: Symphonic Scenario for Orchestra," an arrangement from Rogers and Hammerstein's seminal show by Richard Russell Bennett, and "Scatter," a concerto for Project Trio and orchestra written in 2016 by Adam Schoenberg.

A symphony with an identity crisis? Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was described in the composer's letters originally as a traditional symphony, but programs for its earliest performances described it as a symphonic poem. Thus began a series of revisions that eventually produced the definitive four movement work we'll be hearing as Jacomo Bairos conducts the Amarillo Symphony in a performance recorded April 2018 at the Globe News Center For the Performing Arts. Amarillo Symphony Presents airs Sunday at noon CT and again on Thursday 7pm CT. Hosted and produced by Stephen Johnson.

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we're taking a little trip! First, we visit the American West with Aaron Copland's "Rodeo." Then, we're off to the UK for Ralph Vaughn Williams's "Lark Ascending." Finally, we drop by France with Gabriel Faure's "Pavane." Plus, ASO's Music Director/Conductor Jacomo Bairos talks about the upcoming 2017-18 symphony season.

Beethoven loved being close to nature, and often left Vienna to work in the country. These rural sabbaticals inspired Beethoven's only programmatic work: Symphony No. 6, also known as the "Pastorale." We'll hear this monumental work this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents.

Did you know that in addition to performing the standard classical repertoire, the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra also showcases emerging contemporary composers? Through West Texas A&M's Composer's Initiative and other commissions, listeners across the High Plains have access to new, original classical music. This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we'll enjoy works from several of these musical visionaries. So show your regional pride, and tune in for this special program!


It's the end of Summer, and we're taking a mini-musical vacation this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents. Tune in for a few Broadway blockbusters, and then spend some time getting to know the innovative and talented group, Project Trio—including the "Scatter" Concerto by Adam Schoenberg, developed for Project Trio and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra.   

We're fiddling around this week on Amarillo Symphony Presents. It's an exciting program featuring violin virtuosi Ilana Setapen, Espen Lilleslatten, and Michelle Skinner.

Tune in Thursday at 7pm  for music from J.S.Bach, Ernest Chausson, and Camille Saint-Saëns. 

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we bring you music by "The Mighty Masters."

First, we'll feature Johannes Brahms with his "Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn," conducted by Jacomo Bairos. Next, Stilian Kirov takes the podium for Beethoven"s monumental "5th Symphony." 

In 1949, as he lay on his deathbed, Richard Strauss said to his daughter-in-law, "It's a funny thing, Alice...dying is exactly as I composed it in 'Tod und Verklarung.'"

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we'll hear two monumental tone poems by Strauss: "Death and Transfiguration" and "Don Juan." 

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, tune in for symphonic masterpieces based on timeless stories from other lands.

First, lose yourself in the "Danse Bacchanale" from the final act of Camille Saint-Saëns’s grand opera, Samson & Delilah. It’s based on the Old Testament's Book of Judges. (Lawrence Loh, conductor.)

John Graham

This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, hear the Symphony No. 7 of Ludwig van Beethoven and listen to a chat with Amarillo Symphony musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos as he draws the connection between Beethoven and Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

The performance of Beethoven's 7th is from the symphony's "Innovators" concert in September of 2013, the opening to the symphony's previous concert season.

Also hear a selection from the Symphony No. 5 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a performance from November of 2012.

Amarillo Symphony returns to HPPR July 6

Jul 3, 2014

A brand new season of performances from the Amarillo Symphony premieres on HPPR this Sunday.

The season begins Sunday, July 6 at noon with a performance of Velocity Festivals by Paul Dooley, a work commissioned for the opening to the symphony's 2013-14 concert season. Hear commentary from the Amarillo Symphony's 17th musical director Jacomo Rafael Bairos, who began his debut season with the symphony with this performance. Also hear the Symphony No. 8 of Antonín Dvořák.

Amarillo Symphony Presents Returns August 4th

Jul 30, 2013

Tune in as highlights from some of the finest performances in our region return to HPPR.

The 2013 broadcast season of the Amarillo Symphony begins with an all-Brahms program, Sunday, August 4th at noon.  Hear the First Symphony of Johannes Brahms in C Minor, Opus 68 as performed October 19th and 20th, 2012 by the Amarillo Symphony.