Houston Symphony Adds All-Beethoven Program To Summer Series At Jones Hall Lineup

One-night only concert. Tickets are now on sale at houstonsymphony.org

July 20, 2018

HOUSTON (May 24, 2018) – The Houston Symphony has announced the addition of a blockbuster all-Beethoven program to the Bank of American Summer Series at Jones Hall lineup. Tickets are now on sale to the general public at houstonsymphony.org.

The program – led by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Aram Demirjian, features the composer’s most well-known overtures and his ever-famous Fifth Symphony, which is considered one of Beethoven’s greatest musical works. Demirjian will open the program with the overtures to EgmontCoriolan and Leonore, and conclude with Beethoven’s towering Symphony No. 5.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visitwww.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

BEETHOVEN 5

Friday, July 20, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Aram Demirjian, conductor

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont

Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan

Beethoven: Overture No. 3 to Leonore

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

About Aram Demirjian

Aram Demirjian is sought after for his dynamic performances, insightful interpretations, and charismatic rapport with audiences. American-born and of Armenian descent, Demirjian is Music Director of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and maintains an active guest conducting schedule, including an ongoing relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Recently completing his first season as Music Director Designate with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO), Demirjian is already leaving his mark on the region’s musical culture with creative programming, innovative collaborations and energetic community engagement, which has spurred substantial growth in concert attendance. He conducts 14 weeks on the upcoming KSO season, including partnerships with Appalachian Ballet, Knoxville Poet Laureate R.B. Morris, and the genre-busting chamber group PROJECT Trio, plus repertoire ranging from Bach to Carmina Burana to a world premiere KSO commission by American composer Michael Schachter.

Demirjian also enjoys numerous collaborations with The Philadelphia Orchestra, with which he conducted family and education programs in the 2016-17 season and served as a cover conductor for Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève. In 2017-18, Demirjian’s calendar includes two additional programs in Philadelphia, debuts with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónico de Minería, the New York-based Camerata Notturna, a re-engagement with Omaha Symphony, and a return to his alma mater to conduct the New England Conservatory Symphony. Past highlights include appearances with Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Louis, Indianapolis and San Antonio symphonies, Louisiana Philharmonic and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. His past performances of Handel’s Messiah with Kansas City Symphony were noted for their “zeal and fresh perspective” (KC Metropolis).

Demirjian is nationally recognized for his commitment to exploring new concert formats. As Associate Conductor of Kansas City Symphony (KCS), he was instrumental in creating Classics Uncorked, a weeknight series that enhances the concert hall experience with thematic programming, narration, visual effects, musical demonstrations, and audience interaction. In 2017, the League of American Orchestras awarded Knoxville Symphony Orchestra a distinguished Futures Fund Grant, in part to launch KSO UnStaged, a collaborative, multisensory, music-based event series taking place in unconventional spaces, from craft breweries to airplane hangers.

Demirjian believes passionately that symphonic music should be available, accessible and affordable for all, and he has been deeply involved in the education and community outreach activities of the orchestras he has served. In April 2016, he partnered with the non-profit Arts in Prison to curate and host a Beethoven-themed performance, featuring musicians from KCS, for inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility. As an educator, he has created and conducted education and family concerts for orchestras across the country that have reached over 50,000 young people annually. Demirjian has served on the conducting faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School and appeared as conductor of the 2014 Massachusetts All State Orchestra. He is a noted public speaker, presenting talks for civic and community organizations in cities where he has performed.

A champion of new music, Demirjian recently conducted the Southeast premiere and second-ever performance of Matthew Aucoin’s Evidence, a highlight of the 2017 Big Ears Festival. Demirjian was a guest conductor at the 2014 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music and the 2013 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He has performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble on a Silk Road commission and has collaborated with John Adams in a performance and colloquium on Adams’ The Wound Dresser.

Demirjian is the recipient of a 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and holds the 2011 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from Aspen Music Festival, where he was a three-time Conducting Fellow in the Aspen Conducting Academy. He has appeared in masterclasses with renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Easter Festival and Kurt Masur at Manhattan School of Music. Demirjian holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and government from Harvard University and a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from New England Conservatory.

About the Houston Symphony

During the 2018-19 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its fifth season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 88 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony’s four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston.

The Grammy Award-winning Houston Symphony has recorded under various prestigious labels, including Naxos, Koch International Classics, Telarc, RCA Red Seal, Virgin Classics and, most recently, Dutch recording label Pentatone. In 2017, the Houston Symphony was awarded an ECHO Klassik award for the live recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck under the direction of formerMusic Director Hans Graf. The orchestra earned its first Grammy nomination and Grammy Award at the 60th annual ceremony for the same recording in the Best Opera Recording category.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.