The Honors Program is split into two major components – The Curricular and the Co-Curricular. To fulfill the Co-Curricular requirements, students must attend two speaking and two cultural events each academic year, and write a report afterwards.
One of our most popular cultural events is the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s concert series. The Honors Program offers a number of free tickets to students who are interested in attending. This year’s series, On Fire, has been particularly popular. The series includes five concerts, each with a special guest appearance.
Jared McDougal, one of our Honors Students, wrote in his January LSO concert report, “Conrad Tao, the teenage pianist, was by far the most impressive part of the evening. It was refreshing to see such a young and amazing performer who was comfortable enough in front of an auditorium of strangers to play to the best of his ability. Directly, this concert had nothing to do with my Exercise and Sports Science studies, but watching Conrad Tao play the piano was all the more impressive because of my knowledge of the body’s nervous system. That took great fine-motor skills, rhythm, and even coordination to produce such advanced piano music.”
Jared’s report eloquently explains the reason the Honors Program requires cultural and speaking reports – to expand students’ educational experience outside of the classroom and their major. These events lead many students to discover elements of their studies in other areas, creating well rounded and experienced adults.
The next concert in the series, Classical 4: Bowdacious, will star guest violinist Robert Chen and include pieces by Glinka, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. LSO will perform on March 1st. For more information or tickets, visit their website.