March 28, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY’S FREE THIRD ANNUAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL SHOWCASES POPULAR CONCERT WORKS
April 9, 2016
HOUSTON (March 28, 2016) – Three of Houston’s most talented youth orchestras will participate in the Houston Symphony’s third annual Youth Orchestra Festival with free performances of popular concert works on the Jones Hall stage starting at 3 p.m. April 9.
The concert will begin with a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 45, Farewell, by the Virtuosi of Houston Young Artists Chamber Orchestra. The work was written as a result of a management-labor issue between the composer’s patron, Hungarian prince Nikolaus Esterházy, and Haydn’s musicians when their stay at the prince’s summer palace became longer than expected. Instead of directing the concern to his employer, Haydn requested his entourage’s return to Austria through the music.
Next on the program, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s jubilant Overture Festivo, which was commissioned to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, as well as the first and fourth movements from Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9. Often regarded as his most popular symphony, Symphony No. 9 is also known as From the New World because Dvorák wrote it during the time he spent in New York City while serving as the director of the National Conservatory of Music in the 1890s.
The last orchestra to perform during the festival will be the Houston Youth Symphony. They will perform the first, fourth and fifth movements of French composer Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a well-known piece of the early Romantic period.
The concert 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.
Vanessa Astros: (713) 337-8560,
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