The Temple College Orchestra will begin its 2016-17 season with a Nov. 10 program of classical favorites by composers from America, England, Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus at 2600 S. First St.

The program will include several Christmas selections, including “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” by Gustav Holst, and “People, Look East,” a new composition by Theldon Myers.  Other pieces on the program are “Los Esclavos Felices” (The Happy Slaves) by Juan Arriaga, who composed this piece at age 13; Symphony No. 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn; “Ancient Airs and Dances” by Ottorino Respighi; and “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed.

The Temple College Orchestra is directed by Mary Fairlie and includes 60 members from Temple, Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Rogers, Cameron, Troy, Rockdale, Hewitt, Waco, Salado and Austin.

“Some of the orchestra members have been playing in this group for more than 10 years,” said Fairlie, who has directed the group for the past 15 years. “Some of them are students, but many of them have full-time jobs and come to rehearsals in the evening because they love music and enjoy playing their instruments. I deeply appreciate their dedication.”

In an effort to raise scholarship money for music students, admission to the concert is $5 for adults.  Students will be admitted for free.

For more information on this concert and other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.