February 29, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
MUSIC OF LOCAL COMPOSER PIERRE JALBERT FEATURED ALONGSIDE BEETHOVEN, SHOSTAKOVICH IN HOUSTON SYMPHONY CONCERT
March 10, 12-13, 2016
HOUSTON (February 29, 2016) – The second concert in this year’s Three Weeks of Beethoven series will feature the music of Beethoven and Shostakovich alongside the work of Houston-based composer Pierre Jalbert at 8 p.m. March 10 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. March 13.
The program will begin with video commentary from Jalbert about his innovative and modern Music of Air and Fire, a six-minute piece commissioned and premiered by the California Symphony in 2007. The Houston Symphony has embraced Jalbert’s compositions for quite some time, premiering his orchestral work big sky at Carnegie Hall in 2006 and Shades of Memory in 2011.
Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings will follow, with guest pianist Martin Helmchen and Houston Symphony Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes joining string players of the orchestra for the haunting piece. An award-wining recording artist, Helmchen has performed with orchestras all over the world, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and London Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his Houston Symphony debut during the 2012-13 season.
The second half of the concert will spotlight Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, titled Eroica, a heroic work that changed music history. Often hailed as the birth of the Romantic era, Beethoven originally dedicated the masterpiece to Napoleon, then revoked the honor after the French general crowned himself emperor. An additional performance of Eroica will be given, along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, at 8 p.m. March 11 at Sugar Land Baptist Church as part of the Houston Symphony’s Sugar Land Series.
Unless otherwise noted, the concerts 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.
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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