Musically Speaking Series

An intimate concert experience with commentary from Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and co-host Carlos Andrés Botero, these three Thursdays are part of the “Musically Speaking with Andrés” series, held at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall at the Shepherd School of Music (housed in the Alice Pratt Brown Hall) at 7:30 pm. They feature shorter programs and musical commentary.


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1 THE PILGRIMAGE OF THE ROSE

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October 1, 2015
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Carlos Andrés Botero, co-host
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Elizabeth Toy, soprano 
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano 
Brian Stucki, tenor 
Michael Kelly, bass-baritone 
John Gallagher, bass-baritone
Members of the Houston Symphony Chorus
     Betsy Cook Weber
, director
Schumann: The Pilgrimage of the Rose (highlights)

Discover Schumann’s rare masterpiece, The Pilgrimage of the Rose, an intimate, art-song-inspired oratorio about a rose who yearns to become human and experience love. Full of gorgeous choral, ensemble and solo writing, this score deftly transforms the original fairytale into a powerful allegory of what it means to be human and to love. Join Andrés and Carlos as they delve into Schumann's score and reveal its secrets.

2 SCHUMANN'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

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January 28, 2016
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Carlos Andrés Botero
, co-host
Patricia Kopatchinskaja
, violin
Schumann
: Violin Concerto

Known for her fresh interpretations and for performing barefoot, European violin sensation Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Robert Schumann’s brooding, beautiful Violin Concerto. Initially suppressed by Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann because they feared it showed signs of Robert’s impending madness, this haunting concerto is now recognized as one of Schumann’s late masterpieces. Explore Schumann's troubled final years and the turbulent history of this once lost work with Andrés and Carlos as your guides.

3 ANDRÉS CONDUCTS SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

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May 19, 2016
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Carlos Andrés Botero, co-host
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Andrés returns to Symphonie fantastique, Berlioz’ fever dream of unrequited love, glittering ballrooms and opium-induced hallucinations of guillotines and graveyards. Ever since his Houston Symphony debut with this piece, our musicians and audiences alike have fallen in love with the unique sound and masterful interpretations of Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Learn about beautiful actress who inspired Berlioz' most famous masterpiece, and the ill-considered marriage that resulted from it.

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