September 30, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY AND MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF GREATER HOUSTON PRESENT 11TH ANNUAL FREE LUNADA CONCERT AT MILLER
Newly-appointed Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero leads the orchestra in Latin American repertoire
Colombian vocalist Blas Canedo Gonzalez makes his Houston Symphony debut
Program features works by Latin American composers
HOUSTON (September 30, 2015)—In celebration of the wide diversity of musical influences from Spain and Latin America, the Houston Symphony and the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston will present the free annual Lunada concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Now in its 11th year, the program will feature music that reflects both the old and new worlds, including works from Mexican, Venezuelan, Brazilian, Spanish and Colombian composers.
This year’s Lunada will be led by recently appointed Musical Ambassador and Assistant Conductor, Carlos Andrés Botero, who will be making his conducting debut with the Symphony. Botero has worked as a consultant for the orchestra in various capacities since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, including serving as co-host of the “Musically Speaking with Andrés” series at Rice University.
Botero and the orchestra will be joined by Colombian baritone Blas Canedo Gonzalez. As a concert soloist, Blas has performed Carmina Burana with both the Victoria Symphony, TX, and the Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia at the 100th anniversary of the Conservatory of Tolima. Originally from Medellín, Colombia, he has also performed Dvorák’s Te Deum with the Caldas Symphony of Manizales, Colombia, commemorating the city’s 150th anniversary. Blas is currently completing his doctoral studies in vocal performance and pedagogy at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.
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. For more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Carlos Andrés Botero, conductor
Blas Canedo Gonzalez, baritone
Falla: Ritual Fire dance from El amor brujo
Gould: Latin-American Symphonette
C. Guàrnieri: Três Dansas para Orquestra
A. Mejía: Acuarela
P. E. Gutiérrez/V. Meza: Alma Llanera
Falla: Suite No. 1 from El Sombrero de Tres Picos
A. Márquez: Conga del Fuego Nuevo
P. Ziegler: Rojotango
A. Tobar: Kalamary
About Carlos Andrés Botero
Carlos Andrés Botero is Musical Ambassador/Assistant Conductor for the Houston Symphony. He first came to the Symphony in the 2014-15 season to serve as co-host of the “Musically Speaking with Andrés” series in its inaugural year. In this role, Carlos works closely with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada in the preparation of repertoire and commentary delivered from the stage in this informative and engaging concert experience. Also, he serves as cover conductor for all classical subscription programs, and he leads the Symphony’s “Prelude” pre-concert talks before each classical performance.
An active instrumentalist and chamber musician, Carlos also strives to change young musicians’ lives through music. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, he has made significant contributions to the development and coaching of the next generation of orchestral musicians in his home country. 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 Orozco-Estrada.
Carlos 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. He completed the orchestral conducting doctoral program at Michigan State University in 2012. Please visit carlosandresbotero.com.
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.