In 1986, the Symphony commissioned more than 20 fanfares from American composers to commemorate Texas’ sesquicentennial. Unfortunately, in 2001, the fanfare scores – along with the majority of the contents in the Symphony’s music library – were destroyed in devastating floods caused by Tropical Storm Allison. Since 2001, the library’s holdings have been brought back up to more than 2,300 catalogued items, including scores, sheet music and reference materials. The support from American Express and generous donations to the Focus on the Music campaign played a substantial role in restoring the library’s holdings.
The Houston Symphony recognizes and thanks the generous donors to the Focus on the Music Campaign for donating the music and scores for these 2017-18 Season performances.
2017-18 Season Repertoire
Russian Masters – The music for Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor was donated by Drs. Paul and Gretchen Darlington. The music for Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Arnold M. Miller in honor of Marvin Kaplan’s 70th birthday.
Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony – The music for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Jupiter was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Randall A. Barta.
Beethoven & Prokofiev – The music for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 was donated by Drs. Paul and Gretchen Darlington. The scores for this Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 were donated by Dr. Gary L. Hollingsworth and Dr. Ken Hyde.
Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody – The music for Ives’ Symphony No. 3, The Camp Meeting was donated by Mr. Michael B. George.
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – The music for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was donated by Ms. Helen R. Viereck.
Handel’s Messiah – The music for Handel’s Messiah was donated by Edith F. Bondi Foundation in Memory of Edith F. Bondi and Great Uncle Conductor Simon Parmet.
Kiril Gerstein Plays Brahms – The music for Brahms’ Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta was donated by Ms. Marilyn G. Chapman.
Mozart & Tchaikovsky – The music for Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 was donated by Dr. Gary L. Hollingsworth and Dr. Ken Hyde.
Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé – The scores for Bernstein’s Overture to Candide were donated by Mr. A. N. Rusche. The orchestral scores for Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe were donated by Ms. Donna M. Collins.
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – The music for Dvorak’s The Noon Witch was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Pat McCelvey. The music for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kaplan. The music for Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 was donated by Musicians of the Houston Symphony.
Hilary Hahn Celebrates Bernstein – The music for Shostakovich’s Festive Overture was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Barnes.
Bernstein & Stravinsky – The scores for Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms work were donated by Mr. Norman A. Bock
Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty – The music Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Frost in honor of Janet Frost’s birthday. The music for Tchaikovsky’s Selections from The Sleeping Beauty was donated by Ms. Regina J. Rogers in loving memory of Julie and Ben Rogers.
Also Sprach Zarathustra – The music for this work was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen N. Smith.
A German Requiem – The music for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was donated by Dr. Michelle Hebert.
Emanuel Ax Plus the Rite of Spring – The music for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan.