March 3, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY LAUNCHES FIRST PODCAST, FURTHER DEEPENING CONNECTIONS WITH AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES IN HOUSTON AND BEYOND
HOUSTON (March 3, 2016) – The Houston Symphony announced the launch of On the Music, a free podcast series that provides an in-depth look at the works featured in Houston Symphony classical concerts, bringing into focus the relevance of this musical genre for today’s listeners.
Hosted by Musical Ambassador/Assistant Conductor Carlos Andrés Botero and Houston Public Media Arts and Culture Director St.John Flynn, On the Music strives to engage and captivate longtime and new audiences, near and far, by narrating the history behind featured masterpieces in relationship to their distinctive melodies.
“I look forward to enhancing the musical experience for listeners and bringing them closer to our art with the goal of transforming even more lives,” said Botero, who is also the co-host of the Symphony’s “Musically Speaking” series at Rice University.
Each 30-minute episode, featuring exclusive excerpts from Houston Symphony archival recordings and NAXOS’ music library, will accompany a subscription concert weekend to help audiences gain a deeper appreciation of the music through musical context and commentary on the score. On the Music is intended to appeal to loyal concertgoers as well as new audiences many of whom may be learning about the culture, history, identity and meaning of classical music for the first time. These episodes give audiences context into the world of symphonic music while also exploring how it can become a source of inspiration, discovery and reflection in an even richer world beyond the music – all from the comfort of their home or while on the go.
The first two podcasts, currently available at houstonsymphony.com/onthemusic, will delve into Beethoven’s Second and Eighth Symphonies, which will be featured in the first concert of the 3 Weeks of Beethoven series, which begins March 4. These and future episodes, which can also be accessed directly from the On the Music SoundCloud channel, will be available on iTunes at a later date. On the Music is a co-production of the Houston Symphony and Houston Public Media.
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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