Boerne Performing Arts

Hollywood Concert Orchestra

A little bit of Hollywood is heading to Boerne on Saturday.  Who's coming is the Hollywood Concert Orchestra, and according to John Giattino, here's what they do:

"We do themes, Jack, that are either nominated for or have won the Academy Award for best music, for best score."  

Giattino produces the program, featuring an orchestra of 32 and two vocalists who are coming here most recently from the Far East.

Amanda Reynolds

The Boerne performing arts series continues on Tuesday and I caught up with one of the performers, Zachary De Pue from the band Time for Three, a band whose music is difficult to classify. De Pue said all the members attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

“And we met there and jammed together outside of our classical studies and training," he said. "Each one of us, in addition to classical music, had a background in different styles.”

Dance troupe Stepcrew is coming to Boerne next week. You may remember the Riverdance phenomenon in the mid 1990s. A young Canadian man saw that and thought, "Wait! We’re already doing that!"

“When we grew up I didn’t even know Irish dancing existed," said Nathan Pilatzke, a dancer and founding member of Stepcrew. "We were just learning this dance which was from our area.”

But he said they’re not just another Riverdance.

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They’ve got a distinctive sound and maybe it’s because there are ten of them. Or maybe it’s that they’re Australian.  

"We’re just about to start our brand new show, which is the Ten Tenors on Broadway," said the group's Touring Musical Director Paul Gelsumini.. He describes what they do.

"Ten Aussie guys having fun onstage, you know, we are notorious for a few dance moves every now and then," Gelsumini said.

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On Saturday, February 9 there was a sold out crowd at the Boerne Performing Arts presentation of The 5 Browns. The piano quintet is comprised of five sibling Juilliard pianists, two brothers and three sisters.

  • Stephen Beus, a fellow Juilliard student of the Browns, sat in for Desirae, one of the sisters.

Since being dubbed the "Fab Five" by People Magazine, the group has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Today, and The Tonight Show.