Jimmy López Bellido, 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 Bellido, 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.
May 15–17, 2020
December 5–8, 2019
June 11, 2019 at White Oak Music Hall
An “undeniably exciting composer” (Opera News), with “a brilliant command of orchestral timbres and textures” (Dallas Morning News) and “a virtuoso mastery of the modern orchestra” (The New Yorker) López has created works performed by leading orchestras around the world and in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Gewandhaus Lepzig, Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, Konzerthaus Berlin, Nordic Music Days, the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grant Park music festivals.
“Fiesta!”, one of his most famous works, has received over 90 performances worldwide making it one of the most performed contemporary orchestral works. “Bel Canto”, a full-length opera commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago as part of the Renée Fleming initiative and based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel, premiered on December 2015 to wide critical acclaim and was broadcast U.S. nationwide on PBS’ Great Performances.
López is Composer-in-Residence at the Houston Symphony until the 2019–2020 season, and recently completed “Dreamers”, an oratorio for Ana María Martínez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, which he wrote in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Nilo Cruz. A new album with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is being released in the summer of 2019 on MSR Classics. López is published by Filarmonika Music Publishing.