Waco Symphony Orchestra concert: Exploring the Great Unknown, March 21, 2024
MARCH 21 // 2024

Exploring the Great Unknown


Photo: Shervin Lainez

This performance has already taken place.

Inspired by the distant and unknown, music by Dvořák and Puts bring faraway ideas close to home.

Exploring the Great Unknown

Thursday, March 21, 2024
7:30 p.m. / Waco Hall

Kevin Puts Contact (2023 Grammy Award for Contemporary Classical Composition) Performed by Time for Three

Antonín Dvorák Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World” with
Cosmos – An HD Odyssey film

Miguel Harth-Bedoya Conductor

[Visit Spotify for a preview of this concert.]


Program Notes

Commissioned by Time for Three, Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts’ Contact is about “the reach for something greater, for the unknown.” This piece will be brought to life by the innovative trio, Time for Three. Charles Yang (violin), Nick Kendall (violin), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass), have found a unique voice of expression. Renowned for their charismatic and energetic performances in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and The Royal Albert Hall, they have collaborated with diverse artists, including Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Bell. To experience the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning ensemble Time for Three live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew.

Glenn Beals
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Interim Artistic Advisor

Experience the WSO playing Dvořák’s New World Symphony like never before. Created by celebrated filmmaker Duncan Copp in cooperation with NASA, Cosmos – An HD Odyssey will be shown on a giant screen during the symphony. This film features breathtaking images of distant galaxies, nebulae, and other astronomical wonders.

Season Sponsor

TFNB Your Bank for Life

Maestro’s Circle Sponsors

Georgia and Robin Baird

Concertmaster Sponsors

Gretchen and Sandy McCormack

Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Morrison

Sonata Sponsors

Beverly and Harry Harelik

Drs. Sharon and Charles Stern

Waco Tribune-Herald

Overture Sponsors

Jane and George Allen

Come As You Are!

We encourage our patrons to be comfortable. At the concerts, you will see everything from formal wear to blue jeans. Generally, our audience prefers business or business casual attire.

Health and Safety

Learn more about Waco Hall and the WSO’s Health and Safety guidelines, including the clear bag policy and masking protocols.

Familes with Students New!

Ideal for families with children and teens. If you’re purchasing season tickets and want to add one or more student season ticket(s), you can buy them at a 30% discount in any section. Share the joy of classical music with students in your family, foster their love of music, and experience the WSO together.

Opening Notes Pre-concert Talks

6:40 p.m.–7:10 p.m. Before each classical Season Concert, learn about the lives of the composers and explore their music at Opening Notes, a free pre-concert talk. These can be enlightening and provide insightful information to enhance your concert experience. March 21 pre-concert talk will be located in Recital Hall II inside Waco Hall complex.

Sponsor: Virginia DuPuy


This concert will be held at Waco Hall on the Baylor University campus.
Seating Chart

Directions and Parking
Construction on I-35 has rerouted traffic through Waco and may cause delays. Please allow yourself extra time to get to Waco Hall.

Hop on the Bus

Before each season concert and the Saturday evening performance of Nutcracker, buses will depart from the Gold’s Gym parking lot on Waco Drive next to El Conquistador Restaurant. Order bus passes early for your preferred departure time! One bus will arrive early in time for you to attend our Opening Notes pre-concert talks. The other departs at 7 pm. Space is limited. Season ticket holders have priority access to bus seats during the renewal period. Bus tickets are available online and are ticketed through Baylor this year, so you can add tickets to your order in one easy transaction. Individual tickets are $12 or $50 for a bus season pass (excludes Nutcracker). For questions, call (254) 754-0851.

Bus partnership provided by Waco Transit System. Waco Tansit System.

Dinner Before Concerts

Treat yourself to a quick but delicious dinner prior to each Symphony concert. Each participating restaurant will offer either Prix Fixe menu, small plates, or priority services if you make your reservations and state that you will be attending the Symphony. Arrival at the restaurant between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. should have you leaving the restaurant by 7:00 p.m.

See list of participating restaurants.