November 7, 2014


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New Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada invites the Latino community to a special “Musically Speaking with Andrés” concert featuring Spanish language commentary and a post-concert question & answer session with the audience

HOUSTON (November 7, 2014) – On November 16 at 7:30pm, join Colombian-born Vienna-trained Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony for a unique concert experience featuring Spanish language commentary and a performance of Beethoven’s ever popular and extremely powerful Fifth Symphony. Through this new and innovative concert format, held at Rice University’s intimate Stude Concert Hall, Hispanic audiences will have the chance to hear Andrés’ insights into the music in their native tongue while having to the opportunity for questions and answers with the maestro following the performance.

Andrés will be joined by fellow Colombian conductor Carlos Andrés Botero as co-host for the commentary portion of the program, which precedes a full performance of the attention-grabbing Fifth Symphony. This performance is part of the kick-off weekend of the Houston Symphony’s “3 Weeks of Beethoven,” which ends November 30, and begins a three-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies.

This Spanish-language program is a preface to the 3-concert "Musically Speaking with Andrés" English commentary series, held at Rice University's Stude Concert Hall throughout this season, and integrates musical insights, examples, and Q&A sessions with performances of specific pieces of repertoire. Andrés’ goal with this series is to deepen connections between the audience, the music, and the makers of music, providing insightful context that adds to the richness of the listening experience.

“You don’t have to be an expert or already know all about the composers. Just give yourself the opportunity to open your eyes and ears, and see this beautiful universe that is an orchestra,” Andrés says.

With this new concert format, Andrés hopes to further open the eyes and ears of new and veteran Symphony goers in order to connect more of Houston’s diverse population to the power of live symphonic music in a direct way.

Following this November concert, the upcoming “Musically Speaking with Andrés" performances (featuring English commentary) will take place on January 15, 2015, March 12, 2015, and May 7, 2015. They will highlight Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12, Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, respectively.

“Musically Speaking with Andrés" Format with Spanish Commentary

Beethoven's Fifth  
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7:30pm
at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor and host
Carlos Andrés Botero, co-host
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

With Spanish commentary
Tickets from $25
Rice University
Shepherd School of Music
Stude Concert Hall
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX
(713) 348-4854

About Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. He begins his tenure as the Houston Symphony’s 15th Music Director in September 2014.

In addition to his appointment in Houston, Andrés will take up the position of chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-15 season and will become principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in the 2015-16 season. Since the 2009-10 season, he has held the post of music director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, one of the most important institutions of traditional Austrian music culture, which holds subscription series at the Vienna Musikverein and is orchestra-in-residence at the Grafenegg Festival. He will conclude his tenure with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in summer 2015. From 2009 through 2013, Andrés was also principal conductor at the Basque National Orchestra in San Sebastián, Spain.

As a guest conductor, he regularly works with the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Vienna, Munich, London, Rotterdam, Royal Stockholm and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestras; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Mahler Chamber Orchestra; London, City of Birmingham and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome; Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg; the Orchestre National de France; Verbier Festival Orchestra; and the St. Louis and Oregon Symphonies.

Following his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010, Andrés was hailed “a brilliant stand-in” for Esa-Pekka Salonen and celebrated as an “eminent talent” by Austria’s Wiener Zeitung and Die Presse. In November 2012, Andrés stepped in once again with just one rehearsal’s notice to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein for Riccardo Muti and was praised as a “stand-in worth his weight in gold” and “an inspired master of communication” by the Viennese daily newspapers Kurier and Der Standard. In the 2015-16 season, he will make his official debut with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra on its subscription season.

Born in 1977 in Medellín (Colombia), Andrés began his musical studies on the violin and had his first conducting lessons at age 15. In 1997, he moved to Vienna where he joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, a pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Vienna Music Academy and completed his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the Romantic repertoire and Viennese classics. At the same time, Andrés shows a keen interest in contemporary music and regularly performs premieres of Austrian composers as well as compositions of Spanish and South American origin. He currently lives in Vienna.

About Carlos Andrés Botero

Born in the city of Medellín, Colombia, Carlos obtained his High-School Diploma in Arts at the Instituto Musical Diego Echavarría in the same city, graduating with honors in 1997. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Music with honors in viola performance at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, a Master of Music degree from the Escuela Soto-Mesa in Madrid, Spain, and a second Master of Music- Viola Performance degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He graduated from the Doctoral program in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University in 2012.

Carlos strives to change young musician lives through music making. He serves as Orchestra Consultant, Music Education Lecturer, Guest Conductor, and String Clinician for the Batuta Foundation, SinfónicaGuillermo Uribe Holguín, the IMDE youth orchestra, and the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. He is also Assistant Conductor for the National Youth ensemble, the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, leading this talented players last summer in their first international tour in Colombia and Brazil, sharing the podium with the new music director of Houston Symphony: Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Carlos has acted as Guest Conductor in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Eafit in Medellín, Filarmónica de Medellín, Encuentro de Orquestas Juveniles Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, the EMU and MSU Symphonic programs and numerous recitals on new music. He also conducted an all-Spanish choir and orchestra program with EMU Collegium Musicum in April 2008 featuring 15 Villancicos from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive. Each piece was transcribed and edited from original manuscripts during a research project directed by himself and sponsored by EMU School of Music and its Library Fund. His principal conducting teachers include Leon Gregorian, Raphael Jimenez, Matthew Hazelwood and Pamela Ruiter-Fënstra.

He has been adjunct faculty for theory, viola and orchestra in the IMDE, Universidad Eafit, the Foundation for Youth Orchestras in Venezuela (Fesnojiv), Escuela Soto Mesa in Madrid and Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its Civic Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan. He received honors scholarships during his High-school, College, and Graduate studies, along with the government Concejo de Medellín scholarship for outstanding performance in the national academic tests (ICFES), the Scholarship for Latin American Musicians sponsored by Fundación Carolina and Escuela Reina Sofía that allowed him to begin his artist diploma studies in Madrid, the Carolina Oramas Scholarship for musicians sponsored by Colombian Government Institute for Superior Education and the Scholarship Program of COLFUTURO Foundation.

About Houston Symphony

During the 2014-15 season, the Houston Symphony enters its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. This season also marks the inaugural year for new Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada. 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 $29 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit or call (713) 224-7575.