September 21, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY COMPLETES RECORDING OF FOUR DVORÁK SYMPHONIES IN "ANDRÉS CONDUCTS DVORÁK" CONCERT
18-year old Simone Porter makes her Houston Symphony debut with a performance of Barber’s Violin Concerto
HOUSTON (September 21, 2015)—The Houston Symphony will play selections from Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances and the composer’s four-movement Symphony No. 6 on September 25, 26 and 27. Symphony No. 6 will be recorded and will conclude the Symphony’s recording of the composer’s sixth through ninth symphonies under the direction of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
The program will begin with the enchanting melodies of selected Slavonic Dances, which are lively compositions inspired by Dvorák’s native Bohemia, and continue with a performance of Samuel Barber’s emotional Violin Concerto by 18-year-old violinist Simone Porter, who will be making her Houston Symphony subscription debut.
Porter began her professional solo career at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony. She made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at 17 years old and was named a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts earlier this year. Reviews have praised Porter for her boldness, passion, and “dynamic and irrepressibly optimistic artistry.”
The second half of the evening will spotlight the Houston Symphony as its members perform Dvorák’s Symphony No. 6. The work – originally dedicated to Hans Richter, conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – features four movements. The performance will complete the Houston Symphony’s recordings of Dvorák’s Symphonies No. 6-9, which will be later released on the PENTATONE label.
The concert and 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.
Andrés Conducts Dvorák
Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:00pm
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 8:00pm
Sunday, September 27, 2015, 2:30pm
Tickets from $25
About Simone Porter
Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. The Los Angeles Times, after referring to her as a “future star,” wrote, “Let’s strike the word ‘future.’ She sounds ready. Now.” Her performances have been described as "bold" (Seattle Times) and "virtuosic" (London Times). At 18 years of age, she has already appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as with many renowned conductors, including Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Nicolas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot and Donald Runnicles. Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13.
Internationally, Porter has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Northern Sinfonia and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra in the United Kingdom. She also appeared in Singapore at the 2010 Great Eastern International Kids Performing Festival. She has been heard on the renowned syndicated NPR radio program From the Top, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley and featuring America’s best young classical musicians.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Porter is a 2011 Davidson Fellow Laureate, an award given by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, which carries a $50,000 scholarship to further her musical education. In 2009, she was presented as an Emerging Young Artist by the Seattle Chamber Music Society. In March 2015, she was named a recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She presently studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles with renowned pedagogue Richard Lipsett.
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.