October 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

 Grand Opera House, Galveston

Vienna and Paris

Haydn: “The Deserted Island” Overture

Debussy: “Afternoon of a Faun”

Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, K.191

Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon

Bizet: Symphony in C

October 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Grand Opera House, Galveston

Grieg's Piano Concerto!

Adrienne Elisha: New Overture, World Premiere -

Grieg: Piano Concerto

Evelyn Chen, piano

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

January 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Grand Opera House, Galveston

Pops Concert:

New Year Celebration

February 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Grand Opera House, Galveston

Violin Favorites

Ernest Bloch: “Nigun” from “Baal Shem” for violin and orchestra.

Ernest Chausson: “Poeme” Op.25 for violin and orchestra

Maurice Ravel: “Tzigane,” rhapsody for violin and orchestra

Trond Saeverud - violin

Mussorgsky: “Pictures at an Exhibition”

March 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Grand Opera House, Galveston

Virtuoso Romantic

Glinka: “Ruslan and Ludmilla” Overture

Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano No.1 Op.23

Soheil Nasseri, piano

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, Op.70


April 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Grand Opera House, Galveston


J.S. Bach: Suite No.1 in C Major: Overture

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, Op.93

Schubert: Mass No. 2 in G (D167)

College of the Mainland and Galveston College Chorale

Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165

Megan Stapleton, soprano

Special Thanks to Sue Johnson for photos


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Cornyn Introduces Bill to Expedite Federal Coastal Protection Project in Texas

In: All News   

Posted 04/28/2016

Legislation Would Speed Up Army Corps’ Feasibility Study, Streamline Authorization Process for Final Project

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) this week introduced legislation to speed up the process by which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studies and begins construction of a federally-funded coastal protection project along the Texas Gulf Coast. The Corps’ Obligation to Assist in Safeguarding Texas (COAST) Act expedites the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ process for completing the Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Study, a necessary prerequisite to any federally-funded protection project. The bill also streamlines Congressional authorization for the project once the Corps completes the feasibility study.

“Texans along our coast live under the constant threat of weather-related devastation to their homes, their livelihoods, and their communities,” said Sen. Cornyn. “By reducing inefficiency and eliminating duplication, we can speed up the Army Corps’ process to ultimately help bring families, businesses, and communities along the coast the peace of mind they deserve.”

Here and below is additional information on Sen. Cornyn’s legislation.Type your paragraph here.

Background on the COAST Act

Feasibility Study. The COAST Act would expedite the mandatory pre-construction review process by requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take into consideration studies already developed by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) while completing its Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Study.  This provision was also included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today.  
Authorization of Recommendations. The COAST Act would expedite completion of the reports for the Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Study and streamline the Congressional approval process by allowing the final recommended project to proceed to the building phase without additional authorization.


NEW EATS and Attractions!

Galveston Symphony Orchestra

2016-2017 Season 

During the 2016 Hurricane Season Texas Gulf Coastal Leaders are still in deep discussion about a plan.


The rest of us are buying extra batteries and staying glued to Frank Billingsley's app and broadcasts. 

Public Policy Hot Topic:

Is the Ike Dike/Coastal Spine Project Close to Construction?

Regional Leaders Harris "Shrub" Kempner and John Sullivan talk storm surge with famous Radio Star Garrison Keilor at the Grand. 

U.S. Senator John Cornyn Takes Action!

By Marsha Wilson Rappaport

​A Grand Debut Blended with Our Happy Memories

By Marsha Wilson Rappaport

The annual, Galveston Symphony Orchestra "pops" concert at the Grand, featured an original piece composed by Galveston's own Izola E.F. Collins. "Galveston Survives" also featured Collins as the conductor.

The lush piece opened with a musical illustration of the dark burdens suffered by all of those who lived through our storms and floods. The following passages, are more upbeat and depict the frenzy of activity that follows during the clean-up and recovery.  For those of us who have lived it, it was a deeply moving piece. Ms. Collins has been teaching music and directing choirs in Galveston for longer than most of us have lived. She is a true Galveston treasure.

Couldn't help but sing along!

The remainder of the pops concert featured medley's from every musical we've ever seen and loved. The packed house was audibly humming to faves from My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Sound of Music, Carousel and Funny Girl.  Conductor Trond Saeverud maintained his role as both musical leader and educator. For example, he wanted us all to remember while we hummed that arranger Robert Russell Bennett was pivotal to bringing many of the big Broadway musicals from the piano stage to the full orchestra stage.


The Galveston Symphony Orchestra is a precious resource. There are so many big cities that are losing orchestras. Science has proven that music and musical training assists in developing critical thinking skills. Seniors love a day out and the lovely ambience of the Grand while filled with good music is so beneficial and uplifting.

The season is listed. Don't miss it.





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Coastal Protection Gets a "Grand" Moment with Garrison Keillor, Shrub Kempner and John Sullivan (scroll down)