WHO: Austin Symphony
WHAT: Classical Concert — Doc Severinsen
WHEN: November 15 and 16; 8:00 pm
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall
CONTACT: Nan Schwetman or Anne Lasseigne (512) 476-6064 or 343-6513 (evenings, weekends)


Co-Sponsored by Boatmen’s Bank and Girling Health Care
Season Sponsors: First State Bank and Austin American Statesman

The flamboyant Doc Severinsen is bringing his trumpet to the Austin Symphony. Under the direction of Conductor Laureate Sung Kwak, Severinsen will play the trumpet with the Austin Symphony on November 15 and 16 at 8:00 pm in Bass Concert Hall. Severinsen will play two works from Puccini operas — "Recondita Armonia" from Tosca and "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot. Also on the program are Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D major, K.504, "Prague", Proto’s Capriccio di Niccolo and Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 in D minor, "Clock."

Although Severinsen’s signature has been his superb trumpet playing, quick witted banter and outlandish attire on the "Tonight Show," he is one of today’s pre-eminent instrumentalists. He received a Grammy Award in 1987 for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. Today, Doc continues to tour across the country performing concerts in an array of musical styles — he performs classical and pop music as a guest conductor/performer with symphony orchestras. In addition to guest assignments, Doc is Principal Pops Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony. Severinsen also plays sizzling jazz with his jazz group, Facets, and big band tunes with the famous former "Tonight Show" Band, now known as Doc Severinsen and His Big Band.

After completing his education and serving in the Army, Severinsen toured with the Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet bands. He finally settled down in New York as an NBC staff musician in 1949, joining the "Tonight Show" Orchestra in 1962, and becoming the musical director in 1967. In a professional career that spans over 40 years, Severinsen has recorded over 30 albums, ranging in style from Big Band to Jazz Fusion to Classical.

Tickets for the concert range from $11-$25 and will be available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River, or by calling 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card. Season tickets may be purchased now through November. Call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO for additional information.

ASO performances and programs are partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts. All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.

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