Classical Season

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Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto
September 12, 14, 15, 2013
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of  
   a Faun

Respighi: Pines of Rome



Joshua Bell Returns
September 20, 21, 22, 2013
Lawrence Foster,
Joshua Bell, violin
Mussorgsky: Dance of the Persian
   Maidens from Khovantchina
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Superstar Joshua Bell takes the stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, complete with heartbreaking melodies and fiery virtuosity. Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.


Beethoven 7 Plus Rachmaninoff
September 26, 28, 29, 2013
Matthew Halls,
Houston Symphony Chorus
   Charles Hausmann,
Rachmaninoff: The Bells
Symphony No. 7

Relish a great masterpiece of music that Beethoven himself called “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.” The Seventh Symphony’s Allegretto movement became famous from the very start, when the public demanded an encore at its first performance.


False|False Midori Plays Mendelssohn
October 18, 19, 20, 2013
Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
Fairytale Poem
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 2

Don't miss this chance to experience Columbian-born, Vienna-trained conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada on the podium for the first time as Music Director Designate of the Houston Symphony!  The dynamic young conductor leads the unrivaled Midori and the musicians of the Houston Symphony in Mendelssohn’s ever-popular and virtuosic Violin Concerto. Then, let the orchestra immerse you in the luxurious romance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.


Mozart and Schumann
October 24, 26, 27, 2013
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Jonathan Fischer, oboe
Salonen: Helix
Mozart: Oboe Concerto
Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Our newly appointed Principal Oboe Jonathan Fischer takes the solo limelight in Mozart’s tuneful Oboe Concerto. Also enjoy Robert Schumann’s burst of inspiration in his Symphony No. 2. Its energetic and whimsical Scherzo – with a sweet and melodious second theme – is one of the composer’s most famous works.


False|False La Triste Historia – Animated Film + Music
November 1, 2, 3, 2013
Carlos Miguel Prieto
, conductor
Ben Young Mason, producer
Duncan Copp, executive producer
Revueltas: Redes (Nets)
Moncayo: Huapango
La Triste Historia - Animated Film + Music
Juan Trigos: Symphony No. 3, Ofrenda a los muertos (Offering to the Dead)*

*Houston Symphony commission, world premiere

Enter the spirit of El Dia de los Muertos - The Day of the Dead - with this multimedia concert experience.  Renown Mexican composer Juan Trigos, director Ben Young Mason and executive producer Duncan Copp have paired an original and evocative orchestral work with a fantastical animated film.  Follow the tragic and dreamlike tale of two young lovers, set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, which culminates in the celebration of The Day of the Dead.


Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony
November 21, 23, 24, 2013
Andrey Boreyko,
Colin Currie,
Overture to The Flying
Rouse: Der gerettete Alberich (Alberich Saved) – Fantasy for Percussion and  Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky poured intense determination into his Fourth Symphony in an attempt to transcend his own life’s crises. Travel through this masterpiece, from meditation through rising excitement to joyous triumph. But first, percussion wizard Colin Currie returns to lend his talent and showmanship to Christopher Rouse’s Der gerettete Alberich.


Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
November 29, 30, December 1, 2013
Hans Graf,
Ingrid Fliter, piano
Grieg: In Autumn
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Beethoven wrote to a friend, “no one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear.” The Pastoral brings you back to nature with its musical depiction of the countryside. Also on the program, the hummable melodies and achingly beautiful Adagio of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, performed by Ingrid Fliter.


Mozart's Jupiter Symphony
January 3, 4, 5, 2014
Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
Eric Halen, violin
Jennifer Owen, violin
Haydn: Symphony No. 59, Fire
Schnittke: Moz-Art á la Haydn – for two
   violins and chamber ensemble
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Celebrate the New Year with Andrés Orozco-Estrada and two of classical music’s great superstars. Mozart’s brilliance shines through in his sublime final symphony, Jupiter. Drama, joy and energy are presented with the composer’s trademark elegance. The program opens by turning up the heat with the equally exciting Fire Symphony by Haydn. Schnittke’s Moz-Art á la Haydn features our own Associate Concertmaster Eric Halen and Principal Second Violin Jennifer Owen. Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.


The Planets and The Earth – An HD Odyssey
January 9, 11, 12, 2014
Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus
    Charles Hausmann,
The Earth – An HD Odyssey
Short Ride in a Fast Machine
   R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
The Planets – An HD Odyssey
The Planets

In this unprecedented multimedia event, the Houston Symphony will perform a back-to-back lineup of the first two installments in the HD Odyssey film series – The Planets and The Earth (formerly Orbit). See striking images in The Earth, shown on a giant screen above the orchestra, taken from NASA’s missions to Earth’s orbit, andaccompanied by Strauss’ epic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra.  Then, watch in awe as images of NASA’s exploration of the solar system are brought to life in vivid form with the orchestra’s performance of Holst’s The PlanetsNote: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.


Adams Conducts Adams
January 31, February 1, 2, 2014
John Adams, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Timothy McAllister, saxophone
Copland: El Salón Mexico
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Adams: City Noir

America’s foremost composer – John Adams – will take you on a musical adventure through shadowy urban streets and blazing hot nightclubs in his own City Noir. The incomparable Gil Shaham will then join for a performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which features musical quotations from the composer’s own Hollywood film scores of the 1930s.


Emanuel Ax Plays Bach
February 13, 15, 16, 2014
Hannu Lintu,
Emanuel Ax,
Noble and Sentimental Waltzes
Piano Concerto in D minor
R. Strauss:
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra
R. Strauss:
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Marvel at the genius of J.S. Bach as beloved pianist Emanuel Ax illuminates the Piano Concerto in D minor with his keen intelligence and musical poetry. On the second half of this program, hear the most delightful romp in Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.


Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody
February 28, March 1, 2, 2014
James Gaffigan, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Picker: Old and Lost Rivers
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme
   of Paganini
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Tchaikovsky Piano Competition winner Daniil Trifonov recreates the fiery flourishes, intriguing romance and devilish finale of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody. The excitement will continue when conductor James Gaffigan leads the orchestra in the Symphony that earned Shostakovich a 40-minute ovation at its premiere. 


Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings
March 6, 8, 9, 2014
Frank Huang, leader and violin soloist
Haydn: Symphony No. 39
Piazzolla: Cuatro estaciones porteñas
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

“Beautiful themes, graceful waltzes and an exciting finale – Tchaikovsky’s Serenade has everything you could ask for in a piece!” -Concertmaster Frank Huang

Concertmaster Frank Huang, playing a double role as both leader and soloist, will balance the delicacy of Tchaikovsky with the fierce solo tango lines of Piazzolla’s Cuatro estaciones porteñas. Its hints of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons only serve to heighten Piazzolla’s sultry melodies. 


Beethoven's Mass in C
March 21, 22, 23, 2014
Courtney Lewis, conductor
Houston Symphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann,
Kathryn Whyte, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Evan Boyer, bass
Stravinsky: Pulcinella (complete)
Beethoven: Mass in C major
Irish conductor Courtney Lewis leads the orchestra in this program of extraordinary contrasts and similarities. First, delight in Beethoven's radiant Mass in C, an early work by one of the world's most famous composers. This is a "can't miss" opportunity for Beethoven devotees! Then, enjoy the twists and turns of Stravinsky's charming and lively Pulcinella, which tells the tale of this impish clown and his mischievous friends.


  Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet
April 10, 12, 13, 2014
Hans Graf, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso for
   Cello and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for
   Cello and Orchestra
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3

Conductor Laureate Hans Graf leads the Symphony in a powerful all- Russian program. First, hear the ripening love and impending tragedy in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Then, hear rising-star cellist Johannes Moser perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.


Bronfman Plays Beethoven 4
April 17, 18, 19, 2014
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Smetana: Overture to The Bartered
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8

The Los Angeles Times speaks of Grammy® Winner pianist Yefim Bronfman’s “technical prowess and unforced showmanship.” The virtuoso returns to Houston to lend both depth and brilliance to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.


Beethoven's Triple Concerto
May 1, 3, 4, 2014
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Frank Huang, violin
Brinton Averil Smith, cello
Joyce Yang, piano
Bax: Tintagel
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello  
   and Piano, Triple Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

The Houston Symphony’s Concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith join pianist Joyce Yang for a moving performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. After intermission, take-in the brooding mystery of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.