Jimmy López, Composer-in-Residence
The Houston Symphony’s commitment to new music and continually expanding the symphonic repertoire sees the world premiere in 2019–2020 of a Houston Symphony commission from Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López, in the third and final year of his residency. López’s Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra (December 2019), takes its inspiration from a subject near and dear to Houston’s heart: the space program and humankind’s exploration of the stars.
December 5–8, 2019
June 11, 2019 at White Oak Music Hall
Peruvian-born, California-based, award-winning composer Jimmy López joins the Houston Symphony during the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons as the Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence. Described as “one of the most admired among the younger generation of South American composers” (Chicago Tribune) and “one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today” (Chicago Sun-Times), López plays an integral role both onstage and in the community.
Known for his unique working relationship with conductors, musicians, and soloists, López has had his works performed by leading orchestras around the world. His music has been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, as well as at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Darmstadt, and Donaueschingen Music Festivals. His first opera, Bel Canto, was commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and premiered December 7, 2015 to wide critical acclaim and was recently broadcast nationwide on PBS’ Great Performances.
López’s América Salvaje, a symphonic poem that blends South American and European musical traditions, was performed by the Houston Symphony under the direction of Andrés Orozco-Estrada on September 18, 2016, during the Symphony’s annual Fiesta Sinfónica program. Orozco-Estrada selected López as the Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence because he believes the composer’s music is fresh, original, and has wide audience appeal.