March 11, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
THREE WEEKS OF BEETHOVEN ENDS WITH COMPOSER'S HISTORIC NINTH SYMPHONY
Beethoven 9 & Bernstein – March 18-20
HOUSTON (March 11, 2016) – Completing year two of the its Three Weeks of Beethoven series, the Houston Symphony will perform Beethoven 9 & Bernstein at 8 p.m. March 18-19 and 2:30 p.m. March 20 under the direction of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
A jubilant work, Chichester Psalms has remained one of Bernstein’s most-performed compositions since its 1965 premiere. The piece, a Hebrew-language setting of select psalms, will be performed by the Houston Symphony and Chorus, including four soloists from the ensemble: soprano Anna Diemer, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Chrisman, tenor Sean Jackson and bass Michael Kessler. Additionally, 10-year-old boy soprano Dennis Xu will appear with the orchestra for the first time as he sings the significant role of the biblical boy David.
Next, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9, the final symphonic work from Beethoven, often declared the greatest ever written. The masterpiece takes listeners on a spiritual journey from the darkness of the opening to the triumph of the famous “Ode to Joy” in the fourth movement. The symphony, which premiered in 1824, was one of the first instances of a major composer using a chorus in a symphony. Guest vocalists joining the chorus and orchestra for the performance are soprano Joyce El-Khoury, mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor, tenor Gordon Gietz and bass Peixin Chen. Both El-Khoury and Chen will be making their Houston Symphony debuts.
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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