March 9, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY APRIL 2016: GUEST CONDUCTORS LEAD CLASSICAL PROGRAMS, DISNEY IN CONCERT BRINGS MAGIC TO JONES HALL
James Horner Plus Rachmaninoff – March 31, April 2-3
Ravel’s Bolero – April 8-10
Mozart and Bruckner – April 14, 16-17
Disney in Concert – April 15
Fauré Requiem – April 28, 30, May 1
HOUSTON (March 9, 2016) – The Houston Symphony will present a wide range of classical programming, as well as welcome the talents of Broadway performers in a special Disney concert, during the month of April. From the music of Mozart and Ravel to a North American musical premiere, the month will be packed as the season comes nearly to a close.
James Horner Plus Rachmaninoff will celebrate the legacy of late Oscar-winning cinematic composer James Horner with the North American premiere of Collage, A Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestra, at 8 p.m. March 31 and April 2 and 2:30 p.m. April 3. The piece is Horner’s last completed work and will be performed by Principal Horn William VerMeulen, Associate Principal Robert Johnson, and guest hornists Richard Watkins and David Pyatt. Both Watkins and Pyatt were members of the original quartet who performed the concerto at its world premiere in London during 2015. Guest conductor Michael Francis will also lead swashbuckling film music from The Sea Hawk and Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Symphonic Dances.
The next weekend, Quebec Symphony Orchestra conductor Fabien Gabel returns to Houston to lead Ravel’s Boléro, a program that will highlight popular classical pieces with Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, featured in Disney’s Fantasia, as well as a performance of Boléro, Ravel’s most famous composition. Boléro is recognized by many as being as the featured music in many television shows, films and video games. Violinist Caroline Goulding will also join the orchestra for a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, one of the most popular pieces in the violin repertoire.
Violinist Karen Gomyo joins the orchestra for Mozart and Bruckner at 8 p.m. April 14 and 16 and 7:30 p.m. April 17. Gomyo, a highly sought-after international performer, will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 under the direction of guest conductor Thomas Søndergård. After intermission, the orchestra performs Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, an intensely spiritual work born of the composer’s own deep faith.
Keeping things light, Disney in Concert brings the magic to Jones Hall for one night only at 7:30 p.m. April 15. Brought to life by the talents of Broadway performers and featuring animated film clips from favorite Disney films including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled and The Lion King, the concert will explore the brilliant storytelling and accompanying music from the fantastical world of Disney.
Renowned conductor David Zinman will appear with the Houston Symphony and Chorus for Fauré’s Requiem at 8 p.m. April 28 and 30 and 2:30 p.m. May 1. An understated and affecting work from the foremost French composer, the piece will feature soprano Kiera Duffy, who will be making her Houston Symphony debut, and bass Stephen Powell, who last appeared with the orchestra in 2013. Also on the program is Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, a masterpiece inspired by the colors and atmosphere of Italy.
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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