The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, along with the Corpus Christi Cathedral Cabaret Choir, paid tribute to the
King Ranch and honored its history, performing The King Ranch Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, Nov. 18.
The weekend celebration included the King Ranch Ranchand Breakfast, the Art & Music festival in downtown Kingsville, and ended with the Symphony.
Lee Gwozdz, the guest conductor
and director of the Corpus Christi symphony orchestra, for the Holiday Spectacularande music director for the Diocese and Cathedral of Corpus Christi said the Holiday Spectacular was a successful event.
“The musicians performed magnificently; it was overall a wonderful event,” Gwozdz said.
Gwozdz interacted with the audience and encouraged them to clap and sing along.
“There was great enthusiasm from the audience, it was really fun,” he said.
Gwozdz starts planning during the summer before each show. He said he receives a theme and picks out the best pieces to express that theme.
“It’s like a recipe, you have to grab many pieces together to make something great,” said Gwozdz.
The Symphony has played a total of five King Ranch Holiday spectaculars. This year’s spectacular was a motion picture “country” theme for the King Ranch. The program included songs such as the theme from “Big Country” and music from “Dances with Wolves.”
“Every year we celebrate the King ranch, the American cowboy, and the herd that is the Kingsville symphony,” said Gwozdz.
Paying a tribute to the King Ranch, the King Ranch members said they were pleased with the performance.
“They did a fabulous job! It was a great event to go along with all of the other King Ranch events going on for the weekend.” said Martin Clement, a member of the King Ranch Community,
“It was a great performance,” said Ashley Ocosta, a sophomore Music major. “If I had the time to be a part of the symphony, I defiantly would.”
The conductor said his favorite part of the evening was one of the Christmas pieces, “What Child Was This” composed by Gwozdz’s brother, Eugene Gwozdz.
“I think I saw some people crying during the performance, it was a very moving piece,” Gwozdz said.
Eugene Gwozdz’s pieces were first premiered during this performance.
“This was the very first time it was heard, and with an orchestra,” Gwozdz said.
The King Ranch Holiday Spectacular was sponsored by The King Ranch Family Trust, Robert J. Kleberg Jr., and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. The Kingsville Symphony Orchestra will continue its concert series by welcoming Spring with “Year of the Dance” on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3 p.m.