This November we launched a contest on Facebook asking our subscribers to share their favorite guest soloist memories with us as part of Subscriber Appreciation Month. We received many wonderful responses, and we wanted to share the two winning memories with you here. Each of our winners will receive dinner for two at the Lancaster Hotel, located just across the street from Jones Hall.
At the Houston Symphony, we love our subscribers. These dedicated fans are our core audience, our biggest cheerleaders and our most enthusiastic advocates in the community. By buying ticket packages, subscribers save money and give us the revenue we need to bring great artists to Houston and maintain the highest standards of artistic excellence for our orchestra. They get to see more of the amazing artists and programs we present, discovering new music and relishing old favorites.
But the people who can best tell you why it’s great to be a Houston Symphony subscriber are our subscribers themselves.
Ruth Seubert Paige – Subscriber for 9 Seasons
According to our records, Ruth has been a Houston Symphony Classical Subscriber since 2009 and has also generously contributed to the Houston Symphony Annual Fund. In her memory, Ruth recalls clarinetist Martin Fröst’s 2015 performance of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto:
“I was so excited when I heard Martin Fröst was going to be here! My son is also a clarinetist and he introduced me to Fröst’s work a few years ago. I was hooked and when I saw he was to be here I was ecstatic! He did not disappoint in any way at all! Absolutely fantastic as I knew he would be. I appreciate our wonderful Houston Symphony so much….See you Sunday! Happy Thanksgiving!”
Cynthia Nelson – Subscriber for 27 Seasons
Cynthia Nelson has been both a Houston Symphony’s POPS subscriber and a generous donor since 1990! In her memory, she recounts the kindness of trumpet player Chris Botti:
“…It’s difficult to select one guest artist, but I remember Chris Botti making sure he met and had a special word with everyone in the Green Room. He stopped a shy young girl and gently had a conversation with her.”
Many thanks to the Lancaster Hotel for donating the prizes for this contest, and thank you to all of our subscribers for your support of our orchestra. Your commitment to the Houston Symphony helps bring great orchestral music to our whole community.
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