September 18, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES NEWLY CREATED MUSICAL AMBASSADOR POSITION AIMED AT CONNECTING AUDIENCES MORE DEEPLY WITH ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
Bilingual conductor Carlos Andrés Botero will occupy the innovative position
while also serving as Assistant Conductor
HOUSTON (September 18, 2015)—Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Executive Director and CEO Mark C. Hanson announced today that Carlos Andrés Botero, current co-host of the Houston Symphony’s “Musically Speaking with Andrés” series, has been appointed Musical Ambassador/Assistant Conductor, a newly-created position that aims to more directly connect orchestral music with Houston’s large and diverse community.
An active instrumentalist and chamber musician, Botero has extensive experience as an orchestra consultant, music education lecturer, string clinician, guest conductor and research coordinator.
Botero first came to the Houston Symphony at the beginning of the 2014-15 season to serve as co-host of the “Musically Speaking with Andrés” series at Rice University in its inaugural year. In this role, Botero works closely with Orozco-Estrada in the preparation of repertoire and commentary delivered from the stage in this intimate, informative and engaging concert experience.
“I enjoy a close partnership with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and look forward to bringing diverse Houstonians closer to our art, with the goal of transforming even more lives,” said Botero. "I'm excited and honored to take on this role at the Houston Symphony and to connect the community with the power of orchestral music.”
In this expanded new role, Botero will also serve as cover conductor for all classical subscription programs, be responsible for leading all “Prelude” pre-concert talks held 45 minutes prior to each classical performance, and connect with audiences off and online, which may include speaking engagements at community events and the creation of content for the Symphony’s social media platforms and the monthly program magazine
“We are thrilled to establish this innovative and critical role in the landscape of today's orchestras. Creating connections between orchestral music and our audiences is essential to our work of engaging and inspiring more of Houston's diverse population,” said Executive Director/CEO Mark C. Hanson. “As Musical Ambassador, Carlos will help to make Houston Symphony performances more relevant and accessible to our current and future audiences throughout the community."
Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Botero has made significant contributions to the development and coaching of the next generation of orchestral musicians in his home country of Colombia. Earlier this year, Botero – assistant and resident conductor of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic – along with 14 musicians of the Houston Symphony, traveled to Colombia to coach and mentor the 100+ member ensemble as part of their educational partnership with the Houston Symphony. The project culminated with a side-by-side performance of Carmina Burana at Jones Hall.
"Orchestral music has a powerful ability to inspire, and the addition of Carlos' position serves to strengthen the connections that occur between listeners, musicians and the music itself,” said Orozco-Estrada. “Carlos is a gifted musician and communicator, and I am excited that he will help the orchestra and me create an even deeper relationship to the Houston community."
Botero can be seen on the podium next month conducting the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston’s Lunada concert, proudly celebrating its 11th year. This annual cultural event will be held at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, October 10, and will feature music from Latin American composers, including Pedro Elías Gutierrez’s Alma Llanera, Silvestre Revueltas’ Janitzio, and Adolfo Mejía’s Acuarela among many more.
Lunada is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before the concert time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, there is open seating on the hill.
About Carlos Andrés Botero
Born in Medellín, Colombia, Carlos Botero received a bachelor’s degree in viola performance, with honors, from EAFIT University in Medellín, and master’s degrees from the Soto-Mesa in Madrid, Spain, and from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He completed the orchestral conducting doctoral program at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2012.
Botero strives to change young musicians’ lives through music making. He serves as orchestra consultant, music education lecturer, guest conductor and string clinician for the Batuta Foundation, Guillermo Uribe Holguín Symphony Orchestra, the IMDE Youth Orchestra and the Pontifical Xavierian University in Colombia. As assistant conductor of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, he led the group on its first international tour in Colombia and Brazil, sharing the podium with Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
Botero has conducted the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Medellín’s EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra, the Meeting of Pontifical Xavierian University Youth Orchestras in Bogotá, the EMU and MSU symphonic programs and numerous new music recitals. In 2008, he conducted an all- Spanish choir and orchestra program with EMU Collegium Musicum, featuring 15 villancicos from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive. Each piece was transcribed and edited from original manuscripts during a research project he directed.
An active instrumentalist and chamber musician, he is a founding member of the EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, Diez Cuerdas Duo, Siakoro String Quartet and the ContraTiempo Chamber Ensemble.
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 330,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.