March 24, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY GIVES NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF CONCERTO BY LATE OSCAR-WINNING COMPOSER JAMES HORNER
March 31, April 2-3, 2016
HOUSTON (March 24, 2016) – The Houston Symphony will present the North American premiere of celebrated film composer James Horner’s last completed concert work, as well as Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances during James Horner Plus Rachmaninoff at 8 p.m. March 31 and April 2 and 2:30 p.m. April 3.
Commissioned by the Houston Symphony and International Horn Society, Collage, A Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestracomes from the same prolific composer who scored numerous blockbusters in his career, including “Titanic,” “Braveheart” and “Avatar.” The work will be performed by the orchestra and four French horn soloists: Principal Horn William VerMeulen, Associate Principal Horn Robert Johnson, and guest hornists Richard Watkins and David Pyatt.
Watkins and Pyatt, who will be making their Houston Symphony debuts, are veterans of Horner film score recording sessions and were personal friends of the composer before his death in June 2015. They were also two of the four horn soloists at the world premiere of the piece, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2015.
The program will be led by guest conductor Michael Francis, who is music director of The Florida Orchestra. He will also conduct Korngold’s The Sea Hawk – thescorefrom the 1940 swashbuckler film of the same name – and Rachmaninoff’s rhythmic and melodic Symphonic Dances.
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.
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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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