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Nicci Harrison is surrounded by friends who surprised her for her birthday with a symphonic gong, presented to the Mid-Texas Symphony in her honor. In front row from left, Ruth Rice, Nicci Harrison, Rosemary Sullivan and Carmen Scanio. In back row are Susan Braden, Nelwyn Moore, Nancy Moore and Mid-Texas Symphony Music Director David Mairs.

Local awarded birthday gong from Mid-Texas Symphony

From Staff Reports

A very special instrument in honor of a very special lady was recently unveiled at the March 30 Mid-Texas Symphony concert.
Nicci Harrison, who is from San Marcos, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Mid-Texas Symphony for many years. As a special treat for her recent birthday, her friends surprised her with a plan to have a new Paiste Symphonic Gong manufactured specially for the Mid-Texas Symphony.
The gong was commissioned by Harrison's friends and presented to the symphony in her honor at last month's concert at Jackson Auditorium on the Texas Lutheran University campus.
Paiste Symphonic Gongs have their origination in Estonia where the Paiste family fled from several war-torn European countries during the early 1900's. They settled in Switzerland in 1957, establishing the world-renowned business which manufactures gongs and cymbals. In 1981, Paiste America was established in the USA.
The gong that was manufactured for the Mid-Texas Symphony has a slightly raised surface with a harmonic sound structure. When struck, it produces beautiful complex overtones, and is a delight to the ear.
"We are absolutely thrilled that Nicci's friends have made this gift possible. The symphony was in need of a symphonic gong, and when Nicci's friends approached us with the idea, we welcomed it with open arms! What a beautiful tribute to a very special lady who adores symphonic music!" said Cathy Talcott, Board President of the Mid-Texas Symphony.
The symphony's final concert of its 36th season took place on April 27 at the Brauntex Theatre in New Braunfels. For more information visit

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