This weekend kicks off several weeks of free concerts that will run throughout the month of June. Our concerts this weekend are both at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and Saturday evening’s concert will feature soloist Xiayin Wang, performing the Piano Concerto in G major by Ravel. Saturday’s concert offers a little something extra- it is a Tweetcert! What is a Tweetcert, you ask? Tweetcert is an interactive musical event where the audience has the opportunity to read maestro Robert Franz’s mind! As the musicians play, audience members are invited to follow @HouSymphony on Twitter and regularly refresh their Twitter feeds on their smart phones to read minute-by-minute program notes from the conductor.
Pre Concert Rituals
By: soloist Xiayin Wang
It is such a thrill to be here in Houston to play my very first outdoor concert with the amazing Houston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Robert Franz. And together we will be playing one of my favorite concertos, the Ravel in G major! Just like the weather here, this piece is full of passion and fire, it will be a wonderful evening on Saturday night. I was recently asked about my pre concert rituals. I travel a lot, and I always look for good food everywhere I go. I’m always sure to get my Chinese food fix everyday. Going to the gym every two days is also a priority, but resting and eating well is more important before a concert. I usually eat a nice big meal the night before a concert- sometimes a steak will give me a energy boost! On the day of the concert, getting a good nap is almost a guarantee of a fun and enjoyable performance. Not a long nap but a good one. After practicing, food is my next priority, but the day of a concert I won’t eat anything heavy that would give the stomach heavy to digest. This way, my mind is fresh and clear for the concert.
I am very excited about the concert and hope I can give you a fun and memorable evening!!!!
For more information on this month’s free concerts: ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre and Sounds Like Fun! Community Concert Series