Superstar violinist Midori to solo with the Symphony in Sugar Land and Houston
On October 17, 18, 19 and 20, the Houston Symphony’s Music Director Designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada will return to Houston for the first time since his announcement on
January 16 as the Symphony’s next Music Director. Committed to engaging Symphony audiences, the Colombian-born and Vienna-trained conductor will lead a performance at Sugar Land Baptist Church as part of the Symphony’s Sugar Land Series in addition to three concerts at Jones Hall, which include an ACCESS concert on Friday. In addition to the Symphony’s performances of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, accomplished and unrivaled violinist Midori will dazzle audiences with Mendelssohn’s virtuosic Violin Concerto at all four performances.
The third season of the Houston Symphony’s Sugar Land Series, which includes performances of Midori Plays Mendelssohn, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Featuring Frank Huang, reaches patrons in the vibrant community of Ft. Bend County and expands the geographic horizons of the Houston Symphony. All performances take place at Sugar Land Baptist Church.
During Friday’s ACCESS concert at Jones Hall, which conveniently begins and ends earlier, NPR’s Morning Edition music commentator Miles Hoffman will provide engaging commentary throughout the concert. Following the performance, audience members can stay and participate in a question-and-answer session with Orozco-Estrada, Hoffman and Midori on the Jones Hall stage.
HOUSTON SYMPHONY SUGAR LAND SERIES
Sugar Land Baptist Church
16755 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Midori Plays Mendelssohn
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Midori, violin
Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
Tickets: from $20
HOUSTON SYMPHONY CLASSICAL SERIES
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m. (ACCESS)
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Midori Plays Mendelssohn
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Miles Hoffman, host (ACCESS) Midori, violin
Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto*
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2*
*Friday ACCESS concert only includes these works
Tickets: from $25
About Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. Beginning in the 2014-15 season, he will take up the positions of Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Orozco-Estrada first came to international attention in 2004 when he took over a concert with the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich at the Vienna Musikverein and was celebrated by the Viennese press as a “wonder from Vienna.” Numerous engagements with many international orchestras followed, and since then Orozco-Estrada has developed a highly successful musical partnership with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, becoming its music director in 2009, an engagement that will end in 2015. The Tonkünstler Orchestra is one of the most important institutions of traditional Austrian musical culture, holding its subscription series at the Vienna Musikverein and performing as the Orchestra-in-Residence at the Grafenegg Festival. From the 2009-10 season until 2012-13, Orozco-Estrada held the role of Principal Conductor at the Basque National Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi).
Following his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall of 2010, Orozco-Estrada was hailed as “a brilliant stand-in” (Wiener Zeitung) for Esa-Pekka Salonen and celebrated as an “eminent talent” (Die Presse). In November 2012, Orozco-Estrada stepped in once again at short notice to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein for Riccardo Muti and proved to be a “stand-in worth his weight in gold” (Kurier) and “an inspired master of communication” (Standard). Future engagements include debuts with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the London Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Additionally, he will return to the Stuttgart State Opera and will make his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the summer of 2014.
Born in 1977 in Medellín (Colombia), Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin and had his first conducting lessons at the age of 15. In 1997, he came to Vienna where he joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Vienna Music Academy and completed his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the Romantic repertoire and Viennese classics. At the same time, Orozco-Estrada shows a keen interest in contemporary music and regularly performs premieres of Austrian composers as well as compositions of Spanish and South American origin. Orozco-Estrada currently lives in Vienna.
About Miles Hoffman
As music commentator for Morning Edition, National Public Radio’s flagship news program, Miles Hoffman is heard regularly by a national audience of some 14 million people. His sparkling feature, “Coming to Terms,” was a weekly favorite for 13 years (1989-2002) on NPR’s Performance Today, and he is the author of The NPR Classical Music Companion, now in its 10th printing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Hoffman is the host of the national broadcasts of Chamber Music from the Spoleto Festival USA, and in South Carolina, his “musical module,” A Minute with Miles, is heard daily on South Carolina ETV Public Radio.
A graduate of Yale University and The Juilliard School, Hoffman is a nationally-renowned violist.
He is the founder and violist of The American Chamber Players and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States. He has given viola and chamber music classes and master classes at countless colleges and universities, and has presented keynote addresses for the International Viola Congress, the American String Teachers Association National Conference and the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio. In 2003, he gave the commencement address at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his activities as a performer and educator.
He has collaborated as host or lecturer with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, the Richmond Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Hoffman lives in Spartanburg, SC, where he is associate professor of viola at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College and artistic director of the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series.
Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic 31 years ago, violinist Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, innovator and champion of the developmental potential of children. In 1992, she founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York which brings music education programs to thousands of underserved children each year. Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S., also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach extends beyond these organizations to her work with young violinists in master classes all over the world, and through her Orchestra Residencies Program in the U.S.
Midori plays up to 100 concerts a year, dividing her time between recitals, chamber music and concerto performances worldwide. She has an extensive catalogue of recordings, and in recent years has devoted a great deal of energy and resources to commissioning and performing new music. In the 2013-14 season, she will be featured on two new recordings: the first is a collaboration with the NDR Symphony and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a rare recording of the Hindemith violin concerto; and the second, a recital program with pianist Özgür Aydin in works by Shostakovich, Janácek and Bloch. Other season highlights include her first performances in Iceland, India and Africa; the UK premiere at the BBC Proms of Peter Eötvös’ new violin concerto DoReMi with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen; and multiple engagements with major orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Midori will do four recital tours with Mr. Aydin, conduct community engagement programs in four different countries and five different communities within the U.S., and continue her leadership role at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as Chair of the Strings Department.
About the Houston Symphony
During the 2013-14 Season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its 100th year as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $30.4 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 280 concerts for 280,000 people, including 84,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.