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June 12, 2017



RISING VIOLINIST AND EMERGING AUSTRIAN CONDUCTOR MAKE HOUSTON SYMPHONY DEBUTS THIS SUMMER AT MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE

HOUSTON (June 12, 2017) – Award-winning violinist and winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition, Annelle Gregory, will make her Houston Symphony debut Friday, June 23, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Gregory joins the orchestra at 8:30 p.m. in the first concert of this year’s ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights.

The evening’s concert led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz opens with Overture to an Unwritten Comedy, a charming work by British-Canadian composer Healey Willan in a nod to Canada’s sesquicentennial, followed by Barber’s lushly melodic Violin Concerto. The program concludes with Beethoven’s thrilling Eroica.

The Houston Symphony returns to Miller the next evening under the direction of up-and-coming conductor David Danzmayr in a program featuring the Houston Symphony’s new Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López. With movements titled “Trance” and “Techno,” López’ Fiesta! is a high-energy orchestral showpiece full of virtuoso rhythms. Houston Symphony Principal Horn William VerMeulen also plays Mozart’s sunny Horn Concerto No. 2, and the program concludes with the enchanting melodies of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8.

The remaining concerts in the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights series will take place Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 4. Admission is free, but tickets are required for the covered seated area. Tickets are available at the Miller Theatre Box Office the day of the performance between 10:30 a.m and 1 p.m. Any remaining tickets are released one hour before the performance time. Visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com for more information.

ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third 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 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 $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.

MEDIA CONTACTS:           

Vanessa Astros: (713) 337-8560,
vanessa.astros@houstonsymphony.org     

Kristen Bennett: (713) 337-8557,
kristen.bennett@houstonsymphony.org

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