The Baytown Symphony Orchestra will reveal its lineup for its 52nd season during an afternoon filled with jazz and wine. 

From 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Yepez Vineyard, the orchestra will announce details of the 52nd season and raffle a set of season tickets. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, grab a glass of wine and enjoy the music of the Famous Robert E. Lee High School Jazz Band, directed by Robert Poulin. 

Wine, light food, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase. 

The Yepez Vineyard is at 12739 FM 2354 in Beach City. 

The 52nd season was made possible after successful fundraising last season. 

David Corder, BSO founder, said the final concert of 2018-2019 was almost canceled until several eighth-grader students expressed the importance orchestra poses to education and culture of the community. 

“With this letter, a $5,000 matching grant was set up by a local benefactor,” Corder said. “Private donations to the orchestra started to come in. Funds became available to pay off the April and May concerts (last season).” 

After raising considerable funds from the BSO Gala, along with donations from three or more estate funds and over 100 additional contributions from $30 to $10,00, the up-coming 2019-2020 season will become a reality. 

The first concert of the season will be Oct. 6 at the Lee College Performing Arts Center. At this performance, the orchestra will present Dvorak “From the New World.” 

For ticket information visit www.Lee.edu/pac/home/m/

Moving forward, the orchestra is confident it will have come close to funding the 2020-2021 season with new program ads sales doubling, season ticket subscriptions reinstated with free concerts to students, a fall jazz brunch, a winter fundraiser and annual gala in the spring.  

                            — Christopher James 

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