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Find your rhythm with the Victoria Symphony

By JR Ortega
April 23, 2014 at 3:03 p.m.
Updated April 22, 2014 at 11:23 p.m.

Jackson, 4, and Hailey Byrd, 8, left, and Jake, 5, and Emily Wall, 8, dance on the grass during  Downtown Rhythms at One O'Connor Plaza in 2013. The girls said  they couldn't resist the urge to make their little brothers dance with them.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Downtown Rhythms

• WHERE: DeLeon Plaza and One O'Connor Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

• WHEN: 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday

• COST: Free

• INFO: To learn more about the festivities, visit victoriasymphony.com.

Music schedule

• 5:30-5:50 p.m. - Victoria school district high school orchestra

• 5:50-6:10 p.m. - Victoria East Jazz Band

• 6:10-6:30 p.m. - Edna High School Jazz Band

• 6:30-7 p.m. - Victoria Symphony Orchestra

• 7-7:15 p.m. - Victoria College Commercial Music Ensemble

• 7:15-7:45 p.m. - Victoria Symphony Orchestra

• 7:45-8 p.m. - Victoria College Jazz Combo

• 8-8:30 p.m. - Victoria Symphony Orchestra

• 8:30-10 p.m. - Clay Crockett & the Shotgun Riders

Having lived here five years next month, I can safely say Victoria's downtown scene has really livened up.

Just last week, I attended Jam Fest and sat atop a blanket with my partner and friends, amazed to see such a wonderful turnout to an event that started about the same time I arrived in Victoria.

If you missed Jam Fest, do not fret - Victoria Symphony's Downtown Rhythms is happening at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Downtown Rhythms is now entering its 17th year and will feature songs from Hollywood blockbusters, Leroy Anderson favorites like "Clarinet Candy" and "Bugler's Holiday" and a salute to the armed forces.

Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders also is performing to honor the symphony's 40th anniversary, so you can expect a mix of great music Thursday evening.

Michelle Hall, executive director for the symphony, expects it to be a beautiful day for families to head out and enjoy the evening and night sky while listening to the vast talent in the Crossroads.

"It has grown, and more people come out," said Hall, who has seen the event grow during the past 15 years.

The attendance fluctuates each year for a variety of reasons, weather being the main one, she said.

This year, though, the weather is expected to be sunny and warm, so Hall invites everyone to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to listen to the music.

Aside from the symphony will be area middle, high school and college ensembles, including the VISD High School Orchestra, Victoria East Jazz Band, Edna High School Jazz Band, Victoria College Commercial Band and Jazz Combo.

The Victoria Symphony has been providing the area with some great talent this season with artists such as Cirque de la Symphonie and Wynonna Judd for its master series.

Though I've never been to Downtown Rhythms, I'm sure it won't disappoint. I suggest taking the time to head out with family or even alone to enjoy the sounds and support what talent in Victoria is trying to do for the area.

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