Houston Symphony Announces 2013-14 Season; Here's What's Not to Miss

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Midori Plays Mendelssohn
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17-20, 2013

Acclaimed violinist Midori will join the Houston Symphony as newly appointed Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his performing debut. Midori, who made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11, will be performing Mendelssohn's beautiful Violin Concerto, Op. 64. The symphony will also be performing 20th century Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina's Fairytale Poem and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, a brooding and mysterious, but also beautiful work that shows the composer's diverse romantic and military influences.


John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma
Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Put these two legends together and you truly have a musical dream team. Ma, widely known as the most talented cellist in the world, and Williams, a 5-time Oscar winner and 21-time Grammy winner, have collaborated for years on movie soundtracks such as Memoirs of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Their concert in Houston should prove to be dazzling, with the program to include exciting, familiar works from Hollywood films in addition to Williams' own Cello Concerto.


The Planets and Orbit: An HD Odyssey
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 9, 11, and 12, 2014

This cosmic event will be a multimedia production of truly epic proportions as Orozco-Estrada again takes to the podium for Holst's The Planets suite and Strauss' tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, better known as "that epic music from 2001: A Space Odyssey." These two works will represent installments titled "The Planets" and "Orbit" in the debut of a new "HD Odyssey" series exploring the universe beyond.

Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus will join the symphony and the performance will be accompanied by a special presentation of breathtaking NASA images from the exploration of the solar system.

John Adams Conducts "City Noir"
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 31-February 2, 2014

Celebrated American composer John Adams has lead a storied career with his minimalist-inspired, powerful works for orchestra, opera, chamber music, and beyond. Often influenced by historical events or time periods, he will be conducting his piece City Noir which takes cues from historian Kevin Starr's work documenting urban California in the 1940s and '50s.

This concert will also showcase other 20th century composers with Copeland's El Salon Mexico inspired by Mexican folk music and Israeli-American violinist Gil Shaham performance of Korngold's Violin Concerto, Op. 35 written in 1945.

For more information about these concerts or the Houston Symphony's new season, visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling 713-224-7575.

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