September 13, 2016
HOUSTON SYMPHONY HOSTS 24TH ANNUAL FREE FIESTA SINFÓNICA CONCERT TO CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
HOUSTON (Sept. 13, 2016) – The Houston Symphony andMusic Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada present the Symphony’s 24th annual free Fiesta Sinfónica concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Jones Hall.
With support from Chevron and United Airlines, the program features Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Michel Camilo. Born in the Dominican Republic and trained at Juilliard, Camilo moves with ease between jazz, Latin, world beat and classical music. He will perform Gershwin’s jazz-style piano concerto Rhapsody in Blue in a program of Latin American rhythms in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The program also includes colorful classics by Bernstein and Ginastera’s Danzas del Ballet Estancia, as well as América Salvaje, a recent work by acclaimed Peruvian composer Jimmy Lopez, whose works have been performed by leading orchestras around the world, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and Radio France Philharmonic.
América Salvaje is based upon the poem “Blasón” by Peruvian poet José Santos Chocano. The symphonic poem aims at reflecting Peru’s multicultural roots. The cluster of sounds featured in the piece is an ambitious attempt to reflect the richness and complexity of Peruvian musical heritage. In addition to the millenary Andean instruments, such as the ocarinas, pututos and water whistles, traditional symphony orchestra instruments are used in nontraditional techniques.
The Andean instruments will be performed by band and orchestra students of Waltrip and Conroe High School, which are two of the eight schools that were selected to participate in an intensive yearlong residency for band and orchestra students. Houston Symphony musicians will coach and mentor these students over the 2016-17 academic year both on campus and at rehearsals and concerts at Jones Hall.
The concert is generously supported by the Chevron, United Airlines, Univision 45 and Más Variedad 106.5 FM. FREE tickets for the event may be picked up at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center, 615 Louisiana Street, Monday – Saturday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) while supplies last. Limit of 6 tickets per person. For more information, please call (713) 224-7575.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third 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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