“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts—such is the duty of the artist.” —Robert Schumann

Join Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Houston Symphony, alongside headliners Benjamin Grosvenor and Alisa Weilerstein, for a deep dive into the trials and the triumphs, the love and the madness, the man and the music.

Led by Orozco-Estrada, the Schumann Festival is a comprehensive exploration of the works of composer Robert Schumann, with performances in Jones Hall, but also in other venues (to be named) around the city. “Angels and Demons” examines the Schumann oeuvre in all its breadth and depth, delving into every facet of the work by one of the very first composers to take up Beethoven’s unspoken challenge that music could be a place for deep, personal expression.

Musical works include the composer’s four symphonies, the piano concerto with soloist Benjamin Grosvenor, the cello concerto with soloist Alisa Weilerstein, and choral selections from Romances and Ballads, Six Songs, Spanish Songs and Maiden Songs.

 

Festival Events

FEBRUARY 8

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor piano
SCHUMANN Symphonies 1 & 2
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

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FEBRUARY 9

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
SCHUMANN Symphonies 3 & 4
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

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FEBRUARY 13: Intimate Songs & Grand Choruses

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Scott Holshouser, piano
Houston Symphony Chorus, Betsy Cook Weber, director

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FEBRUARY 15

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
SCHUMANN Symphonies 3 & 4
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto

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FEBRUARY 16

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
SCHUMANN Symphonies 1 & 2
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto

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