September 11, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY PAIRS MAHLER'S TIMELESS FIFTH SYMPHONY WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF STOMP FOR ORCHESTRA
HOUSTON (September 11, 2015)—The Houston Symphony will launch its highly-anticipated Classical season with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the world premiere of Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano’s orchestral version of STOMP on September 17, 19 and 20.
Audiences will have the opportunity to hear from Corigliano himself when he joins Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the podium for On-Stage Insights with Andrés during the concert to offer commentary about the music. The Houston Symphony-commissioned piece is the adaptation of STOMP for solo violin to STOMP for orchestra. The piece has a bluegrass sound and, as the name implies, includes foot-stomping in time with the music.
Following intermission, the orchestra will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. A passionate and large-scale piece, it is considered to be one of the most emotional orchestral works ever written. The exquisite fourth movement, Adagietto, is Mahler’s most-performed composition and was inspired by his love for his wife, Alma.
The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.
Mahler Symphony No. 5
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
September 17 and 19, 2015, 8 p.m.
September 20, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
On-Stage Insights with Andrés
Featuring John Corigliano
Corigliano: STOMP for Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Tickets starting at $25
About John Corigliano
John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last 40 years. His scores, now numbering more than 100, have won the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards and an Academy Award; and they have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists and chamber musicians in the world. Attentive listening to this music reveals an unconfined imagination, one which has taken traditional notions like "symphony" or "concerto" and redefined them in a uniquely transparent idiom forged as much from the post-war European avant-garde as from his American forebears. Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years, his music has been featured in performances throughout the United States and Europe, Caracas, Melbourne, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia and beyond.
Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at The Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. He has lived in New York City all his life.
About the Houston Symphony
During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 330,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.