May 16, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
SYBIL F. ROOS, JOHN & LINDY RYDMAN OF SPEC'S AND ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR ROBERT FRANZ HONORED WITH AWARDS AT HOUSTON SYMPHONY BALL
HOUSTON (May 16, 2016) – Nodding to generosity, vision and leadership, the Houston Symphony honored well-deserving donors and Associate Conductor Robert Franz at Saturday’s annual ball.
Sybil F. Roos, who has been a Houston Symphony supporter and donor for more than three decades, was awarded the Ima Hogg Philanthropy Award for her many efforts, which include leading a matching gift campaign in honor of Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski, being a lead contributor to the Houston Symphony League’s campaign to purchase a new Steinway for the Houston Symphony in honor of the League’s 75th birthday and serving as ‘Musician Sponsor’ for Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes, among others. Roos is a member of the Houston Symphony League and regularly supports the Ima Hogg Competition for Young Musicians.
Lindy and John Rydman, along with Spec’s Charitable Foundation and Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods, received the Mike Stude Award for Enduring Artistic Vision. Spec’s is a family-owned business and the Houston Symphony’s largest annual corporate donor. Since 1996, Spec’s has contributed more than $3 million to the Houston Symphony, much of it through the Spec’s-led Vintage Virtuoso event, which supports Symphony education and community programs. Vintage Virtuoso will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in December 2016. Additionally, John serves on the Board of Trustees as a Governing Director. During fall 2015, Spec’s earned recognition as one of only 10 companies nationwide to receive a BCA 10 Award for its exemplary involvement in the arts.
The first member of the Houston Symphony conducting staff to be honored with the Raphael Fliegel Award for Visionary Leadership, Associate Conductor Robert Franz was recognized for his immense success in advancing the organization’s educational and community engagement activities since his appointment in 2008. A nationally recognized authority in music education, Franz has energized the Symphony’s David Dewhurst Student Concert Series, which has seen its audience grow from 40,000 to 60,000 in the last two years under his enthusiastic leadership. He is also well-known for conducting the Symphony’s Family Series, popular with children and families throughout Houston, and the Symphony’s Summer Community Concert series, leading music such as the orchestral world premiere of School House Rock to engage audiences of all ages. Robert’s position with the Houston Symphony is sponsored by Marie Taylor Bosarge.
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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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