While still in the midst of a record-breaking Centennial Season, the Houston Symphony announced its 101st season of concerts, the first under new music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, in an unprecedented multi-media event. A live television broadcast and streaming webcast were produced in conjunction with Houston Public Media on the University of Houston campus at the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting. Hosted by KUHA Classical 91.7 FM’s St.John Flynn, the 30-minute program aired on KUHT Channel 8 and featured interviews, video vignettes and questions from a studio audience comprised of local reporters and Symphony fans. Following the broadcast, the studio guests joined several hundred Symphony supporters for a celebratory champagne and dessert reception at the Hilton Hotel on the UH campus.
With his infectious warmth, love of people, and electricity on the podium, the 36-year-old Colombian-born and Vienna-trained Orozco-Estrada is looking forward to creating ongoing, meaningful connections with patrons and engaging more Houstonians in orchestral music during his first season and beyond. Orozco-Estrada opens the subscription season in September by leading the orchestra in Richard Strauss’ heroic symphonic tone poem Ein Heldenleben and closes in May 2015 with the colossal Mahler 3. “Every time I walk onto the Jones Hall stage to rehearse and perform with these musicians, I feel something extraordinary, and I look forward to sharing this excitement with all of our patrons.”
About the Houston Symphony
During the current 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. In the upcoming 2014-15 Season, the orchestra begins its next century under the direction of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the organization’s first Hispanic music director and 15th overall. 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 $30.7 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually.