February 16, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY MARCH 2016: 10-YEAR-OLD BOY SOPRANO AND CHINESE VOCALIST MAKE HOUSTON SYMPHONY DEBUTS
Beethoven 2 & 8 - March 4-6, 2016
Beethoven’s Eroica Plus Shostakovich – March 10, 12-13, 2016
Beethoven 9 & Bernstein – March 18-20, 2016
An Evening with Matthew Morrison – March 24-26, 2016
Superheroes at the Symphony! – March 26, 2016
HOUSTON (February 16, 2016) – Three Weeks of Beethoven returns for a second year at the Houston Symphony this March, featuring Beethoven’s second, third, eighth and ninth symphonies. In musical contrast, Superheroes at the Symphony!, and An Evening with Matthew Morrison will round out the last weekend of the month.
The Three Weeks of Beethoven series is the Houston Symphony’s three-year blueprint for Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada to lead the orchestra in all nine of Beethoven’s epic symphonies. This year’s sequence begins March 4-6, 2016, with Beethoven 2 & 8, both works paying homage to the likes of Mozart and Haydn with aural lightheartedness and wit. Also on the program is Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s ghost story-inspired La Llorona for Viola and Orchestra, featuring Principal Viola Wayne Brooks.
The following weekend, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, will be spotlighted, as well as Shostakovich’s haunting Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, featuring the Symphony’s own Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes during Beethoven’s Eroica Plus Shostakovich March 10, 12, and 13. Houston composer Pierre Jalbert will also be included on the program with his innovative piece, Music of Air and Fire.
On March 18-20, Beethoven 9 & Bernstein will encompass Bernstein’s tuneful Chichester Psalms featuring 10-year-old boy soprano Dennis Xu in his Houston Symphony debut. Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9, the composer’s last complete symphony, will feature the Houston Symphony Chorus and vocalists Gordon Gietz, Peixin Chen and Kelly O’Connor. Chen, a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, will also be appearing with the orchestra for the first time.
Broadway and Glee fans will relish An Evening with Matthew Morrison, taking place March 24-26. The Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated star will join the orchestra and Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke for a night of dancing and singing featuring songs like Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing),” “Sway,” “Luck Be a Lady,” and “What I Did for Love.”
The third Family concert of the season will take place Saturday, March 26, titled Superheroes at the Symphony! Children will be introduced to the orchestra through Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, with special guest characters revealing the superpowers of the orchestra’s instrument families. Associate Conductor Robert Franz will lead the ensemble and costumes are encouraged.
All concerts will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District, unless otherwise noted. 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.
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 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
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