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Houston Symphony Announces, “American Strings: From Folk to Film,” as part of the Bank of America POPS Series

HOUSTON (Nov. 4, 2020) — This November, Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke continues the Houston Symphony’s 2020–21 Bank of America POPS Series with the program American Strings: From Folk to Film, featuring a line-up of composers showcasing the breadth and depth of American music, ranging from nostalgic folk songs to music from major modern film scores, Nov. 20–22. Tickets are now on sale at houstonsymphony.org/2021season.

For this performance, Reineke shines the spotlight on the string section of the Houston Symphony. “It has taken some thought and research to come up with this special program for the Houston Symphony,” said Reineke. “I wanted something meaningful, yet also entertaining and fun, and I think this strikes a good balance. This is a program that is cross generational for people of all ages that remember the tunes that shaped America’s musical voice.”

Reineke opens the program with the light tune Fiddle-Faddle followed by iconic American composer Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” from Hoedown then an arrangement of the beloved, traditional folk song Shenandoah. The evening of American classics continues with jazz tunes from Leroy Anderson, known as one of the great American composers of light orchestra music, and The Entertainer by the “King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin, as well as Strum, a composition by contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery. Reineke moves on to recognizable film scores by award-winning composer John Williams, as well as featuring Assistant Concertmaster Eric Halen and Acting Principal Viola Joan Derhovsepian.

“Bank of America has a longstanding commitment to arts and culture in Houston, and we are pleased to support the Houston Symphony as it brings its POPS series to life, both in person and in a virtual setting,” said Hong Ogle, Houston market president for Bank of America. “During these difficult and unpredictable times, the arts offer a way to escape and enjoy an evening of beautiful music. We look forward to hearing all this series has in store.”

In-person and livestream tickets are now available for these performances at houstonsymphony.org/2021season. Each livestream performance is available via a private link to ticket holders for $20, and livestream subscribers who purchase a package of tickets receive an additional 25% discount. For patrons attending in person, concerts will continue to have a one-hour run time with no intermission, and food and beverage service will be suspended to eliminate crowding. For a comprehensive list of safety measures, visit houstonsymphony.org/safety.

The Houston Symphony’s POPS Series is sponsored in part by Bank of America, and livestream of Houston Symphony concerts is made possible by Barbara J. Burger.

AMERICAN STRINGS: FROM FOLK TO FILM
Friday, November 20, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, at 8 p.m. *
Sunday, November 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Steven Reineke, conductor

*Livestreamed at 8 p.m. CST

About the Houston Symphony
During the 2020–21 Season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its seventh 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, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown on Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $25.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 88 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony’s two Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 1,000 community-based performances each year at various schools, community centers, hospitals, and churches reaching more than 200,000 people in Greater Houston annually.

The Grammy Award-winning Houston Symphony has recorded under various prestigious labels, including Koch International Classics, Naxos, RCA Red Seal, Telarc, Virgin Classics, and, most recently, Dutch recording label Pentatone. In 2017, the Houston Symphony was awarded an ECHO Klassik award for the live recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck under the direction of former Music Director Hans Graf. The orchestra earned its first Grammy nomination and Grammy Award at the 60th annual ceremony for the same recording in the Best Opera Recording category.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Eric Skelly: 713.337.8560, eric.skelly@houstonsymphony.org
Mireya Reyna: 713.337.8557, mireya.reyna@houstonsymphony.org

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