The concert is sponsored by the Beeville Concert Association, with generous support from the Joe Barnhart Foundation and Coastal Bend College, as well as funds from many local sponsors, benefactors, patrons and friends.
Ken Masur, the San Antonio Symphony’s resident conductor, will direct an exciting program of music with a Veterans Day theme, beginning with Damrosch’s arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and closing with Beckel’s Liberty for All, featuring narrator Janet Toomes.
Toomes is currently director of orchestra personnel for the San Antonio Symphony where she has worked since September 2006. Prior to arriving in San Antonio, she worked as orchestra personnel manager for the Pittsburgh and Houston Symphonies after serving as assistant personnel manager with the National Symphony. Early in her career, she worked for the U.S. Department of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C.
Toomes’ experience also includes many years of piano studies, teaching and performing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she parlayed her music and personnel experience into the orchestra setting by working as personnel manager for both the Beethoven Society Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the American Youth Philharmonic in Northern Virginia, in which she held the lead orchestra personnel manager post for the AYP’s four training orchestras.
Toomes made her debut as narrator performing with the National Symphony under the direction of conductor and arranger Richard Hayman in Washington, D.C., in August 2001.
She has served as pianist with various ensembles in the Washington area, where she also maintained a large private piano studio for 13 years. She resides in San Antonio, with her husband, Jack, son Erik and daughter Aimee, who is a violinist in the San Antonio Symphony.
The concert is free to all students through high school age and to Coastal Bend College students with their student ID’s.
Admission for other adults who do not hold BCA season memberships is $7 at the door.