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Symphony launches season

Double bassist on bill for Friday show

Acclaimed Chinese double bass artist Yang Heran will perform with the Lewisville Lake Symphony in the first concert of its 30th season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, 100 N. Charles St.

Heran is the winner of the symphony’s first international competition for strings. He was selected over performers who use more traditional solo instruments. His appearance with the symphony is part of the prize he earned through the contest.

The artist will play Concerto in A Minor by Camille Saint-Saens and Nine Variants on Paganini by Frank Proto. Heran is part of a small but determined circle of musicians who promote the double bass as a solo instrument, lifting it out of the orchestra pit and into the spotlight. Both the Saint-Saens and Proto pieces wil challenge Heran to play dramatically and fast.

Under the direction of conductor Adron Ming, the symphony will perform the audience favorite Symphony No. 40 in G Minor by Mozart.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. For reservations, call 972-874-9087 or visit

— Staff report