Andrés Fest

Andrés Fest: A Symphonic Celebration

During March 18–27, join us for Andrés Fest: A Symphonic Celebration! This special two-week festival encapsulates the inspired music making and joyful, engaging spirit that has defined Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s remarkable eight-year tenure with the Houston Symphony.

The tenure and career highlights of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada

  • October 2012

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada makes his U.S. professional debut at the Houston Symphony

  • January 2013

    Houston Symphony announces
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada as
    Music Director

  • September 2014

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s
    Inaugural season begins

  • June & July 2015

    14 Symphony musicians travel to Paipa, Colombia to work with the Colombian Youth Philharmonic

  • March 2016

    First Disc in Dvořák Recording Series Released

  • October 2016

    Andrés and the orchestra celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jones Hall with a special performance featuring Itzhak Perlman

  • May 2017

    The Houston Symphony and Chorus premiere Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Conquest Requiem

  • March 2018

    The Symphony embarks on a two-week European tour, our first international tour of the 21st century

  • September 2018

    35 Symphony musicians travel to Andrés’s hometown to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Teatro Metropolitano José Gutiérrez Gomez

  • September 2018

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada begins the “Share the Stage” event where amateur musicians play side-by-side with the Symphony

  • September 2019

    Stravinsky’s The Firebird marks the Symphony’s first livestreamed concert from Jones Hall

  • December 2019

    The Houston Symphony and Chorus premieres Composerin- Residence Jimmy López Bellido’s Ad Astra

  • December 2019

    Andrés workshops with orchestra students at HSPVA

  • February 2020

    A two-week Robert Schumann Festival celebration begins



ABC13 Symphony Special

Watch the KTRK special, "Celebrating Andres," featuring
Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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Music & Memories: A Conversation With Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Watch the Facebook Livestream featuring Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Executive Director/CEO John Mangum for a look back at eight remarkable years with the Houston Symphony, Andrés’s favorite memories, and unforgettable musical moments with big-screen video excerpts.


A Conversation with Kyle Rivera

Although much of George Bridgetower's music was "lost to history", Kyle Rivera honors his legacy through "Bridgetower Variations."

William VerMeulen on Bruce Broughton's Horn Concerto

Principal Horn William VerMeulen sheds light on Bruce Broughton's Horn Concerto ahead of its world premiere.

Dave Kirk on Wynton Marsalis's Tuba Concerto (Houston Symphony Co-Commission)

Principal Tuba Dave Kirk shares details on Wynton Marsalis's Tuba Concerto that gives the tuba a personality of its own.

A message from Bruce Broughton

Emmy Award-winning composer Bruce Broughton shares the inspiration behind his new Horn Concerto.

Principal Percussion Brian Del Signore on Ravel's Boléro

The steady pulse of Principal Percussion Brian Del Signore's snare guides the orchestra through the duration of Ravel's Boléro. Learn how Brian perfects his part.


In The Press


Andrés Fest: A Symphonic Celebration Is A Noteworthy Display Of Might
Houston Press
March 15, 2022

Houston Symphony says goodbye to Orozco-Estrada this weekend with Andrés Fest
Houston Chronicle
March 15, 2022

Houston composer resurrects the memory of a forgotten Black violinist who inspired Beethoven
Houston Chronicle
March 11, 2022

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