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Swedish Clarinetist Martin Fröst makes his Houston Symphony debut

Also on the program: Andrés’ masterful interpretation of Dvorák: Symphony No. 7

“Musically Speaking with Andrés” on Thursday features musical commentary and focuses on Dvorák’s Symphony

HOUSTON (March 5, 2015) Multifaceted artist and Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst will make his Houston Symphony debut at Jones Hall on March 14-15 under the baton of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Fröst is known for creating new artistic expressions within the traditional framework of classical music while creating a new bold experience for concert goers. In Dollhouse, he appears as soloist, conductor, dancer, actor and master of ceremonies in a sophisticated production supported by special lighting and effects.

In Copland and Dvorák, he can be seen delivering exceptional performances of Copland’s lyrical Clarinet Concerto and Klezmer Dances for Clarinet and Strings, a challenging composition written by his brother Göran, a violist and active composer and arranger. Fröst’s exceptional abilities are described by The New York Times as “a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist — perhaps any instrumentalist.”

Later in the program, Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada's masterfully interprets Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7, a work that explores a range of emotions from grandeur and tragedy to pastoral reflection. Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 is part of a four-symphony Dvorák cycle that Andrés is leading with the Houston Symphony. The last four great symphonies of Antonin Dvorák will be recorded with Dutch recording label PENTATONE. The first recording featuring the Seventh and Eight Symphonies is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.

“Musically Speaking with Andrés” at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall

Prior to the weekend performances featuring Fröst, Andrés and the Houston Symphony take the stage at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall at the Shepherd School of Music on Thursday, March 12, for "Musically Speaking with Andrés." Andrés will be joined by friend and fellow conductor Carlos Andrés Botero in this program that integrates musical commentaries, examples, and a Q&A session with a performance of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7. Andrés’ goal with this series is to deepen connections between the audience, the music and the makers of music, providing insightful context that adds to the richness of the listening experience. Note that this Thursday evening concert will not include Martin Fröst.

“You don’t have to be an expert or already know all about the composers. Just give yourself the opportunity to open your eyes and ears, and see this beautiful universe that is an orchestra,” Andrés says. With this new concert format, Andrés hopes to further open the eyes and ears of new and veteran Symphony goers in order to connect more of Houston’s diverse population to the power of live symphonic music in a direct way.

The final “Musically Speaking with Andrés" concert (featuring English commentary) will take place on May 7, 2015. It will highlight Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Full Concert Details:

"Musically Speaking with Andrés"
Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30pm
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Carlos Andrés Botero, co-host
Tickets from $25
Martin Fröst will not be on the Thursday program.

Rice University Stude Concert Hall In the Shepherd School of Music (at the Alice Pratt Brown Hall)
6100 Main St Houston, TX
(713) 348-4854

Copland and Dvorák
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2:30pm
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Ives: Symphony No. 1
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Goran Fröst: Klezmer Dances for Clarinet and Strings
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7
Tickets from $25 

Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002

A free Prelude pre-concert discussion led by Carlos Andrés Botero will be held starting 45-minutes prior to the start of the concerts at Jones Hall on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

About Martin Fröst

In May 2014 Martin Fröst received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, one of the world’s highest musical honours. Fröst is the first clarinettist to be given the award and joins a prestigious list of previous recipients which includes Igor Stravinsky, Daniel Barenboim and Simon Rattle.

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include debuts with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (Herbert Blomstedt), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Neeme Järvi) and Houston Symphony (Andrés Orozco- Estrada). Fröst also returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Thomas Søndergård) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Louis Langrée), where he is Artist in Residence.

This season, Fröst is Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Gothenburg Symphony, and London’s Wigmore Hall.Further ahead, he will be Artist in Residence for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras.

Upcoming tours include Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Riccardo Chailly), Camerata Salzburg (Louis Langrée) and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Fröst also undertakes tours to the US with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and to Spain with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard).

Martin Fröst additionally works as a conductor in association with the Norrköping Symphony and with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, with whom he features in a weekend-residence at the CAL performances in Berkeley, California. Last season he also had his US conducting debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Martin Fröst has an extensive discography. His two most recent releases on BIS are an all-Mozart CD (which features the Clarinet Concerto, in which he directs The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Kegelstatt Trio with Leif Ove Andsnes and Antoine Tamestit) and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet (where he reunites with Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Maxim Rysanov and Torleif Thedéen).

High points of his 2013/14 season included debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Xian Zhang), Orchestre National de France (David Zinman), National Symphony Orchestra Washington (Osmo Vänskä) and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

2015 marks the 10th season of Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden, of which Martin Fröst is Artistic Director. He is also Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway.

About Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. He begins his tenure as the Houston Symphony’s 15th Music Director in September 2014.

In addition to his appointment in Houston, Andrés will take up the position of chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-15 season and will become principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in the 2015-16 season. Since the 2009-10 season, he has held the post of music director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, one of the most important institutions of traditional Austrian music culture, which holds subscription series at the Vienna Musikverein and is orchestra-in-residence at the Grafenegg Festival. He will conclude his tenure with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in summer 2015. From 2009 through 2013, Andrés was also principal conductor at the Basque National Orchestra in San Sebastián, Spain.

As a guest conductor, he regularly works with the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Vienna, Munich, London, Rotterdam, Royal Stockholm and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestras; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Mahler Chamber Orchestra; London, City of Birmingham and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome; Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg; the Orchestre National de France; Verbier Festival Orchestra; and the St. Louis and Oregon Symphonies.

Following his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010, Andrés was hailed “a brilliant stand-in” for Esa-Pekka Salonen and celebrated as an “eminent talent” by Austria’s Wiener Zeitung and Die Presse. In November 2012, Andrés stepped in once again with just one rehearsal’s notice to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein for Riccardo Muti and was praised as a “stand-in worth his weight in gold” and “an inspired master of communication” by the Viennese daily newspapers Kurier and Der Standard. In the 2015-16 season, he will make his official debut with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra on its subscription season.

Born in 1977 in Medellín (Colombia), Andrés began his musical studies on the violin and had his first conducting lessons at age 15. In 1997, he moved to Vienna where he joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, a pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Vienna Music Academy and completed his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the Romantic repertoire and Viennese classics. At the same time, Andrés shows a keen interest in contemporary music and regularly performs premieres of Austrian composers as well as compositions of Spanish and South American origin. He currently lives in Vienna.

About Houston Symphony

During the 2014-15 season, the Houston Symphony enters its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. This season also marks the inaugural year for new Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada. 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 $29 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit or call (713) 224-7575.