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September 22, 2015



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Vanessa Astros
Senior Director, Communications

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"MUSICALLY SPEAKING WITH ANDRÉS" EXPLORES SCHUMANN'S UNDERRATED CHORAL WORK THE PILGRIMAGE OF THE ROSE AS THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY CHORUS AND SOLO VOCALISTS PERFORM THE MASTERPIECE

HOUSTON (September 22, 2015)—Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero will co-host “Musically Speaking with Andrés” on Thursday, October 1, featuring Schumann’s The Pilgrimage of the Rose, a cantata that features solo vocalists, chorus and orchestra.

This alternative concert format held at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall includes insightful musical commentary about the life of the composer, the influences of the piece and the history of the time period to connect audiences more deeply with the music.

In addition to the musical commentary and in-depth exploration of the piece and composer, the program will feature sixvocalists and the Houston Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber, as they tell a fairytale story full of choral, ensemble and solo writing

The Pilgrimage of the Rose, inspired by Moritz Horn’s poem of the same name, is an art-song-inspired oratorio about a rose who yearns to become human and experience love. The Pilgrimage of the Rose is the last of Schumann’s underrated choral works. In this lesser-known but powerful piece, the rose eventually becomes human and experiences both love’s pain and compassion. Schumann ends the piece with the rose rising to heaven.

The six feature solo vocalists includesopranos Yulia Van Doren and Elizabeth Toy, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Brian Stucki and bass-baritones Michael Kelly and John Gallagher. The chorus alternatively represents fairies, townspeople and angels.

The concert will take place at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. All programs and artists are subject to change.

MUSICALLY SPEAKING WITH ANDRÉS
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Elizabeth Toy, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Brian Stucki, tenor
Michael Kelly, bass-baritone
John Gallagher, bass-baritone
Houston Symphony Chorus
          Betsy Cook Weber, director
Schumann: The Pilgrimage of the Rose
General Admission Tickets $25

About Houston Symphony Chorus

The Houston Symphony Chorus is the official choral unit of the Houston Symphony. Each season the volunteer chorus prepares and presents great choral-orchestral masterworks under the baton of conductors of international acclaim. Recent seasons have included performances with Houston Symphony conductor Hans Graf and Houston Symphony Pops conductor Michael Krajewski, Houston Symphony Chorus Director Emeritus Charles Hausmann, as well as with guest conductors such as Claus Peter Flor, William Lacey, Nicholas McGegan, and Christopher Seaman. In addition, the chorus has made several European concert tours performing with orchestras in Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria and England. It also performs regularly in Mexico City with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. 

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.

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