Different countries.

Different cultures.

Same passion.

AN EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY AND THE COLOMBIAN YOUTH PHILHARMONIC  |  JUNE 23 – JULY 18, 2015

AN EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY AND THE COLOMBIAN YOUTH PHILHARMONIC | JUNE 23 – JULY 18, 2015

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Training. Mentorship. Inspiration. Performance.

The Educational Partnership between the Houston Symphony and Colombian Youth Philharmonic is a powerful example of how our educational impact extends internationally. Through this inspirational and educational collaboration, Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada connects the virtuoso musicians of the Houston Symphony with emerging musical talent from his home country of Colombia. The musical exchange will begin with a trip to Colombia for fourteen Houston Symphony musicians, serving as faculty and mentors. Colombian Youth Philharmonic musicians then travel to Houston for a series of concerts and community activities, culminating in side-by-side performances of Carmina Burana.

Thank you to the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music for their partnership on the Colombian Youth Philharmonic’s 10-Day Residency with the Houston Symphony.

JUNE 23 Fourteen Houston Symphony musicians travel to Paipa, Colombia to serve as faculty during an intense period of musical training

JUNE 29 Houston Symphony musicians and Colombian Youth Philharmonic in Medellín, Colombia with Andrés Orozco-Estrada for performances of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic. Houston Symphony musicians will act as sectional coaches and musical mentors to help prepare the orchestra for performances in Houston in July.

JULY 9 Colombian Youth Philharmonic arrives in Houston for a 10-day residency in Houston, hosted by the Houston Symphony in partnership with University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. During their stay, musicians of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic will perform four concerts for public audiences and will participate in several community engagement initiatives.

JULY 17 and 18 Culminating side-by-side performances of Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony and the Colombian Youth Philharmonic

CONCERTS WITH COLOMBIAN YOUTH PHILHARMONIC

FREE & OPEN TO
THE PUBLIC

Sunday July 12, 3:00PM

Performance on the Houston Symphony’s
Day of Music at Jones Hall

Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Program: Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Monday July 13, 7:30PM

Chamber Music concert at University of Houston’s Moores Opera House

Program: A 90 minute concert featuring multiple chamber ensembles

COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT

Thursday July 14

Performance and demonstration at Fort Bend Music Camp for middle and high school music students of Fort Bend County

Friday July 17

Performance for Spanish-speaking Senior Citizens at Ripley House Community Center

CARMINA BURANA July 17 and 18 - 7:30 pm

Musicians of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic will perform side-by-side with musicians of the Houston Symphony, joined by three vocal soloists, the Houston Symphony Chorus and the Houston Children’s Chorus, on an extended stage at Jones Hall for Orff’s Carmina Burana.

In addition, thirty-seven exceptional collegiate and high school vocalists from across the Houston area will sing side-by-side with the Houston Symphony Chorus for these performances.

Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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Matt Strauss on Carmina Burana

Matthew Strauss, Percussion Yesterday, I got a chance to pose some questions to Houston Symphony percussionist Matt Strauss about this weekend’s performances of Carmina Burana and his work with the musicians of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic. Matt Strauss was one of fourteen musicians who traveled to Colombia in June 2015 to help prepare the musicians of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic ...

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MEET THE ORCHESTRAS

HOUSTON SYMPHONY

The Houston Symphony is entering its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The recently completed 2014-15 Season marked 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 $29.6 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 330,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually.

COLOMBIAN YOUTH PHILHARMONIC

Launched in 2010, the Colombian Youth Philharmonic is a private social project led by Fundación Bolívar Davivienda in its interest to promote culture and support the construction of artistic life projects for more than 250,000 talented musicians. The orchestra is comprised of 104 talented young musicians, ages 16-24, who are selected annually by an international jury through a competitive nation-wide audition process. Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Colombian Youth Philaharmonic, which has performed more than 100 concerts in sixteen cities throughout its home country. The orchestra has been showcased in international tours that included presentations in venues ranging from Sala Sao Paulo to the New World Center in Miami, and has been the subject of several episodes of NPR’s “From the Top”.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Vanessa Astros
Senior Director, Communications
(713) 337-8560
vanessa.astros@houstonsymphony.org