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ON STAGE AND OFF
5 Credits 31 Donors 27 Education and Community Engagement 28 Endowment Trust 7 Hans Graf 8 Houston Symphony League 30 Houston Symphony Society 4 Letter to Patrons 4 New Century Society 10 Orchestra and Staff
all about the Symphony’s Symphony Magazine spoke with 11 Read 17 Houston 100-year history in the new Ima Hogg Competition Chair April Lykos to Centennial Book. Pre-order your copy of this milestone memento!
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40 Backstage Pass 11 Centennial Book 26 Chorus 17 Conversations 6 Special Events 9 Special Thanks 20 Upcoming Performances close out Hans Graf’s final season as Music Director with 6 Come an over-the-top celebration at the Maestro’s Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction.
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LETTER TO PATRONS
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This month, renowned Mexican composer Juan Trigos and American writer and producer Ben Young Mason will be in Houston to promote our world premiere commission, La Triste Historia, a concertand-film project scheduled for November 1, 2 and 3. During their visit, the duo will unveil more details about the work, described as a haunting drama of two young lovers set against the tumultuous struggle of the Mexican Revolution. Ultimately focused on the ancient tradition of el dia de los muertos, or the Day of the Dead, the concerts will be led by former Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and guided by Executive Producer Duncan Copp, the creative mastermind behind our HD Odyssey series. We are certain that La Triste Historia will be another powerful showpiece for Houston’s arts and cultural scene next fall. Our special thanks goes to our corporate sponsor, Chevron, who provided the initial contribution to help make La Triste Historia possible. In mid-April, we welcome more friends of Hans Graf to the stage as part of his farewell season. Husband and wife, violinist Benjamin Schmid and pianist Ariane Haering, will join Maestro Graf and the orchestra in performances of Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra. Benjamin will also play Kreisler’s Violin Concerto in one movement—after Paganini as part of the program that also includes Mendelssohn’s Capriccio brillant with Ariane as soloist and Debussy’s La mer. Hans has known Benjamin since he was a teenager and has watched him mature into a young man, married with children—and a stellar musical career to boot. Calling all fashionistas! Be sure to get your tickets to the Houston Symphony Children’s Fashion Show and Luncheon set for Sunday, April 21, at the River Oaks Country Club. This year, the annual fundraiser is under the steady hands of Chairs Catherine Baen Hennessy, Peggy Hennessy and Megan Hennessy Parker. Once again, our friends at Neiman Marcus will supply the latest trends in children’s apparel which will be sported by some of the Symphony’s youngest patrons. For details, contact email@example.com or (713) 238-1485. Fans of our volunteer Houston Symphony Chorus can hear them with the University of Houston’s Moores School Symphony Orchestra this month. Sponsored by the Bruckner Society of America, the Chorus will perform Anton Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 in F Minor, Great Mass, on April 26 and 27 at Grace Presbyterian Church. For tickets, contact (713) 743-3313 or www.music.uh.edu.
New Century Society for Artistic Excellence and Innovation The New Century Society recognizes the Houston Symphony’s most committed and loyal supporters who have pledged their leadership support over a three-year period to help secure the orchestra’s financial future. For more information or to pledge your support, please contact Mark C. Hanson, Executive Director/CEO, at (713) 238-1411 or David Chambers, Chief Development Officer, at (713) 337-8525.
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LATE SEATING In consideration of audience members, the Houston Symphony makes every effort to begin concerts on time. Ushers will assist with late seating at pre-designated intervals. You may be asked to sit in a location other than your ticketed seat until the end of that portion of the concert. You will be able to move to your ticketed seat at the concert break. CHILDREN AT CONCERTS In consideration of our patrons, we ask that children be 6 years and older to attend Houston Symphony concerts. Children of all ages, including infants, are admitted to Family Concerts. Any child over age 1 must have a ticket for those performances. CAMERAS, RECORDERS, CELL PHONES & PAGERS Cameras and recorders are not permitted in the hall. Patrons may not use any device to record or photograph performances. Please silence cell phones, pagers and alarm watches and refrain from texting during performances. April 2013
CELEBRATE WITH THE SYMPHONYâ€”SPECIAL EVENTS FOR ALL AGES!
Come toast Maestro Graf at his Farewell Wine Dinner
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HANS GRAF BIOGRAPHY
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Known for his wide range of repertoire and creative programming, Austrian conductor Hans Graf—the Houston Symphony’s 15th Music Director—is one of today’s most highly respected musicians. He began his tenure here on Opening Night of the 2001-02 season. Prior to his appointment in Houston, he was music director of the Calgary Philharmonic, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra. A frequent guest with all of the major North American orchestras, Graf appears regularly with the Boston Symphony during its subscription season and at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Houston Symphony in 2006 and returned with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in 2007. He and the Houston Symphony were invited to appear at Carnegie Hall in 2010 to present the New York premiere of The Planets—An HD Odyssey and returned in 2012 for the Spring for Music Festival. Internationally, Graf conducts in the foremost concert halls of Europe, Japan and Australia. In 2012, he and the Houston Symphony became the first American orchestra ever to perform at the Festival of the World’s Symphony Orchestras in Moscow, Russia. He also led a tour of the UK in 2010 to present the international premiere of The Planets—An HD Odyssey. He has participated in the Maggio Musi-
cale Fiorentino, Bregenz, Aix en Provence and Salzburg Festivals. His U.S. festival appearances include Tanglewood, Blossom Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Grant Park Music Festival. An experienced opera conductor, Graf first conducted the Vienna State Opera in 1981 and has since led productions in the opera houses of Berlin, Munich, Paris and Rome. Born in 1949 near Linz, Graf studied violin and piano as a child. He earned diplomas in piano and conducting from the Musikhochschule in Graz and continued his studies with Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Arvid Jansons. His career was launched in 1979 when he won first prize at the Karl Böhm Competition. His extensive discography includes recordings with the Houston Symphony, available through houstonsymphony.org: works by Bartók and Stravinsky, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, Berg’s Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite, a DVD of The Planets—An HD Odyssey and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Graf has been awarded the Chevalier de l’ordre de la Legion d’Honneur by the French government for championing French music around the world and the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria. Hans and Margarita Graf have homes in Salzburg and Houston. They have one daughter, Anna, who lives in Vienna.
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Celebrating Our Volunteers! Houston Symphony volunteers do extraordinary things through their gifts of time and talent. For 75 years, beginning with the dedicated women of the Houston Symphony League, volunteers have supported the Symphony’s programs and activities in a variety of ways. Some have answered the call to assist in education programs: ushering thousands of school children in and out of Jones Hall for student concerts, sharing their knowledge of orchestral instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo, coordinating the logistics of music competitions or entertaining elementary students with a music education puppet show. A group of loyal volunteers coordinate the business of the Symphony Store. Others share their vocal talents in the Houston Symphony Chorus. Still others provide guidance as Houston Symphony Society board members. It is important to enjoy the activities in which you volunteer. Lab-coated Houston In addition to the longstanding support of the Houston Symphony League volunteers enthusiastically embrace the “Mad Symphony SciSymphony League and Houston Symphony League-Bay Area, ence” theme of a Junior Patron event. the Symphony has volunteers from its corporate sponsors such as Cameron International Corporation and Rand Group, LLC, philanthropic organizations such as First Junior Women and National Charity League, as well as inspired individuals in the community who enjoy sharing their love of music. This month and always, the Symphony celebrates the dedication of all of its volunteers and extends its appreciation for their enthusiastic efforts!
The Instrument Petting Zoo, available at all family concerts and Sounds Like Fun! programs, is a favorite activity for young patrons and dedicated volunteers.
Volunteering as a group and wearing their red company shirts, employees from Cameron International Corporation are very visible ushers at the Explorer student concerts each year.
For more information on volunteering with the Houston Symphony, please contact Vickie Hamley, Director of Volunteer Services, at email@example.com.
Store volunteers show their team spirit at the Perfect Pitch: Music of Baseball family concert.
SPECIAL THANKS center greeting staff and musicians who eagerly lined up to fill their plates with bites of his delicious offerings. The menu included: Maine Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Coffee & Cream Pork Loin, Chicken Picatta with a Lemon White Wine Cream Sauce, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Sundried Tomato Pesto, Baby Potatoes with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Thyme and Fontina Cheese, Roasted Vegetables, Green Beans with Serrano Ham, Grapes and Apricots, and for dessert, Apple and Pomegranate Crisp with a Cinnamon Whipped Cream. The Symphony wishes to extend a resounding thank you to Jim Benton and his amazing team for their generous contributions to its Christmas party this year and in the past. photos by erin mushalla
Jim Benton of Houston Catering Every year in December, around the time the Houston Symphony plays its final notes of Handelâ€™s Messiah, the staff and orchestra eagerly await their annual holiday party. For several years, Jim Benton of Houston Catering has generously donated a delicious spread of food for the party, along with the help of his catering team, to treat the staff and orchestra to a holiday feast. This year, the party took place in the Jones Hall lobby on December 19, 2012. Benton was front and
ORCHESTRA AND STAFF Hans Graf, Music Director
Mark C. Hanson, Executive Director/CEO
Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair
Principal Pops Conductor
AndrĂŠs Orozco-Estrada, Music Director Designate
Associate Conductor Sponsor, Beth Madison
FIRST VIOLIN: Frank Huang, Concertmaster Max Levine Chair Eric Halen, Associate Concertmaster Ellen E. Kelley Chair Assia Dulgerska, Assistant Concertmaster** Cornelia and Meredith Long Chair Qi Ming, Assistant Concertmaster Fondren Foundation Chair Marina Brubaker Hewlett-Packard Company Chair Alexandra Adkins** Sergei Galperin MiHee Chung Rodica Gonzalez Ferenc Illenyi Si-Yang Lao Kurt Johnson Christopher Neal Oleg Chelpanov* SECOND VIOLIN: Jennifer Owen, Principal Tina Zhang, Associate Principal** Sophia Silivos, Acting Associate Principal Hitai Lee Kiju Joh Mihaela Frusina Ruth Zeger Margaret Bragg Martha Chapman Kevin Kelly** Tong Yan Christine Pastorek Amy Teare David Brubaker* VIOLA: Wayne Brooks, Principal Mr. & Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor Legacy Society Chair Joan DerHovsepian, Associate Principal George Pascal, Assistant Principal Wei Jiang Linda Goldstein Sheldon Person Fay Shapiro Daniel Strba Mr. and Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor Chair Thomas Molloy Phyllis Herdliska CELLO: Brinton Averil Smith, Principal Janice and Thomas Barrow Chair Christopher French, Associate Principal Haeri Ju** Jeffrey Butler Kevin Dvorak Xiao Wong Myung Soon Lee James R. Denton** Anthony Kitai Hellen Weberpal*
DOUBLE BASS: David Malone, Acting Principal Eric Larson, Acting Associate Principal Mark Shapiro Robert Pastorek Burke Shaw Donald Howey Michael McMurray FLUTE: Aralee Dorough, Principal General Maurice Hirsch Chair Judy Dines, Acting Associate Principal Allison Jewett** Gina Hughes* Rebecca Powell Garfield*
TROMBONE: Allen Barnhill, Principal Bradley White, Associate Principal Phillip Freeman BASS TROMBONE: Phillip Freeman
Michael D. Pawson, Chief Financial Officer
PERCUSSION: Brian Del Signore, Principal Mark Griffith Matthew Strauss
Sally Brassow, Controller Philip Gulla, Director, Technology Amed Hamila, Director, Database Support Heather Fails, Manager, Ticketing Database Janis Pease LaRocque, Manager, Patron Database Kay Middleton, Receptionist Maria Ross, Payroll Manager Armin (A.J.) Salge, Network Systems Engineer Chris Westerfelt, Manager, Accounts Payable and Special Projects
ENGLISH HORN: Adam Dinitz
HARP: Paula Page, Principal
Aurelie Desmarais, Senior Director, Artistic Planning
CLARINET: David Peck, Principal Thomas LeGrand, Associate Principal Christian Schubert Alexander Potiomkin
KEYBOARD: Scott Holshouser, Principal Neva Watkins West Chair
PICCOLO: Allison Jewett** Rebecca Powell Garfield* OBOE: Jonathan Fischer, Principal Lucy Binyon Stude Chair Anne Leek, Associate Principal Colin Gatwood Adam Dinitz
E-FLAT CLARINET: Thomas LeGrand BASS CLARINET: Alexander Potiomkin Tassie and Constantine S. Nicandros Chair
TUBA: Dave Kirk, Principal TIMPANI: Ronald Holdman, Principal Brian Del Signore, Associate Principal
ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER: Michael Gorman ASSISTANT ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER: Linda Oper LIBRARIAN: Thomas Takaro
BASSOON: Rian Craypo, Principal Stewart Orton Chair Eric Arbiter, Associate Principal American General Chair Elise Wagner J. Jeff Robinson** Benjamin Atherholt*
ASSISTANT LIBRARIANS: Erik Gronfor Michael McMurray
CONTRABASSOON: J. Jeff Robinson** Benjamin Atherholt*
STAGE TECHNICIAN: Toby Blunt Zoltan Fabry Cory Grant
HORN: William VerMeulen, Principal Robert Johnson, Associate Principal Brian Thomas Robert and Janice McNair Foundation Chair Nancy Goodearl Wade Butin*
STAGE MANAGER: Donald Ray Jackson ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Kelly Morgan
*Contracted Substitute **On Leave
The Houston Symphonyâ€™s concert piano is a gift of Mrs. Helen B. Rosenbaum.
General Manager Roger Daily, Director, Education and Community Engagement Michael Gorman, Orchestra Personnel Manager Kristin L. Johnson, Director, Operations and Production Allison Conlan, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator Donald Ray Jackson, Stage Manager Kelly Morgan, Assistant Stage Manager Linda Oper, Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager and Community Connections Coordinator Kathryn Wene, Operations Assistant Meredith Williams, Operations Manager
TRUMPET: Mark Hughes, Principal George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Chair John DeWitt, Associate Principal Robert Walp, Assistant Principal Anthony Prisk Speros P. Martel Chair
Steinway is the official piano of the Houston Symphony. James B. Kozak, Piano Technician. Local assistance is provided by Forshey Piano Co.
Amanda T. Dinitz, Director, Executive Operations Meg Philpot, Director of Human Resources Stacey Spears, Executive Assistant and Board Liaison Steve Wenig, Director, Community Partnerships
Merle N. Bratlie, Director, Artist Services Lesley Sabol, Director, Popular Programming Thomas Takaro, Librarian Sarah Berggren, Chorus Manager Erik Gronfor, Assistant Librarian Michael McMurray, Assistant Librarian Rebecca Zabinski, Artistic Associate
Glenn Taylor, Senior Director, Marketing Melissa H. Lopez, Director of Marketing, Single Tickets and Group Sales Carlos Vicente, Director of Marketing, Subscriptions and Digital Media/Creative Services Jenny Zuniga, Director, Patron Services Jeff Gilmer, Patron Services Coordinator, Group Sales/ Ticket Inventory Jason Landry, Senior Manager, Patron Services Georgia McBride, Assistant Marketing Manager, Digital Media/Young Audience Engagement Erin Mushalla, Assistant Marketing Manager, Single Tickets Sarah Rendon, Patron Services Representative Valerie Richmond, Marketing Assistant Courtney Ryan, Graphic Designer
Jennifer R. Mire, Senior Director, Communications Holly Cassard, Manager, Communications Clair Studdard, Assistant, Communications
David Chambers, Chief Development Officer Stephanie Jones, Senior Director, Events and League Relations Mark Folkes, Director, Individual Giving and Major Gifts Vickie Hamley, Director, Volunteer Services Brandon VanWaeyenberghe, Director, Corporate Relations Darryl de Mello, Annual Fund Manager Noureen Faizullah, Development Operations Manager Jennifer Martin, Institutional Giving Coordinator Irma Molina, Development Assistant, Gifts and Records Nicole Peralta, Associate Director, Events Sarah Beth Seifert, Manager, Events Sarah Slemmons, Patron Donor Relations Manager Lena Streetman, Manager, Prospect Research Alexandra Yates, Development Officer, Individual Giving
CENTENNIAL BOOK: RESERVE YOUR COPY!
In honor of this special 100-year milestone, the Houston Symphony has compiled a hard-cover, full color commemorative book. Drawing on years of archival images, historical facts and interesting anecdotes, the book tells the story of the orchestraâ€™s first century. Pre-order this book together with your ticket package purchase today by contacting the Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575.
The musicians of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of the handsome and sociable conductor Frank St. Leger, pose for a class photo in the early 1930s. Read more about the orchestraâ€™s 100-year history in the upcoming Centennial commemorative book. Pre-order your copy at (713) 224-7575 now!
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APRIL 5-7, 2013
Spanish Masters—Rodrigo & Falla Carlos Kalmar, conductor | Pablo Sáinz Villegas, guitar Friday, April 5, 2013 8 pm Saturday, April 6, 2013 8 pm Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:30 pm
Haydn Symphony No. 37 in C major I Presto II Menuet and Trio III Andante IV Presto
Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes Tema per Violoncello ed Arpa: Adagio molto espressivo— Interludio per Corde: L’istesso tempo— Variazione giocosa per Flauto: Tempo giusto— Variazione in modo di Scherzo per Clarinetto: Vivace— Variazione drammatica per Viola: Largo— Variazione canonica per Oboe e Fagotto: Adagio tranquillo— Variazione ritmica per Tromba e Trombone: Allegro— Variazione in modo di Moto perpetuo per Violino: L’istesso tempo— Variazione pastorale per Corno: Largamente espressivo— Interludio per Fiati: Moderato— Ripresa dal Tema per Contrabasso: Adagio molto espressivo— Variazione finale in modo di Rondo per Orchestra: Allegro molto
Rodrigo Fantasía para un gentilhombre for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra I Villano y Ricercare: Adagietto—Andante moderato II Españoleta y fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles: Adagio— Allegretto, molto ritmico—Tempo de Españoleta III Danza de la hachas: Allegro con brio IV Canario: Allegro ma non troppo
Falla Three Dances from El Sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) I The Neighbor’s Dance (Seguidillas): Allegro ma non troppo II The Miller’s Dance (Farruca): Poco vivo—moderato assai III Final Dance (Jota): Poco mosso—Allegro ritmico, molto moderato e pesante
NOTES BY CARL CUNNINGHAM | APRIL 5-7 SYMPHONY NO. 37 IN C MAJOR Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Recording Helmut M端ller-Br端hl conducting the Cologne Chamber Orchestra (Naxos) Instrumentation two oboes, bassoon, two trumpets, timpani, harpsichord and strings
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his Haydn symphony probably dates from about 1758, according to Haydn scholar H. C. Robbins Landon. It is a very compact little symphony, lasting only about 15 minutes, but it is a robust piece. It demonstrates how the young Haydn built upon the little two-part forms he inherited from his baroque-era predecessors to construct progressively larger symphonic forms that culminated in his late masterpieces.
The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of this concert weekend: Underwriter Rochelle & Max Levit Partner Mr. Michael H. Clark and Ms. Sallie Morian Patron Locke Lord LLP The Classical Season is endowed by The Wortham Foundation, Inc. in memory of Gus S. and Lyndall F. Wortham. These concerts are being recorded for future broadcast on Classical 91.7 FM, the Radio Voice of the Houston Symphony.
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NOTES | SPANISH MASTERS—RODRIGO & FALLA | APRIL 5-7 Both of the outer movements are taken at a very fast pace, and the tiny sonata-form movement that opens the symphony is sewn together by a nearly constant pulsation of eight notes, like the steady pulse heard in much baroque music. Sudden brassy bursts, ornamental decorations on the melody and syncopated rhythms shape the themes of this zestful piece. As in several symphonies throughout Haydn’s career, the Minuet and Trio are placed second in the order of movements. The Minuet is a bold but rather slow, formal variety of the dance. Its Trio section turns to the minor mode and is scored for the strings alone. The slow movement is also in C minor, and it reflects its baroque heritage in rather starchy rhythms. But the finale is a day at the racetrack, zipping along like a greyhound through another sonata movement.
VARIACIONES CONCERTANTES Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) Recording Former Houston Symphony Resident Conductor Gisele Ben-Dor conducting the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Naxos) Instrumentation two flutes (one doubling piccolo), oboe, two clarinets, bassoon, two horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, harp and strings Although Alberto Ginastera went beyond folk idioms into deeply abstract music in his late maturity, he fully synthesized Argentine folk music into his personal style toward the middle of the 20th century. Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes for chamber orchestra (1953) is a significant work that exhibits such stylistic amalgamation. He employed a harmonic background that scholar Gilbert Chase called a “symbolic chord,” built upon the six notes one would hear by strumming the open strings of a guitar. This “gauchesco” sound is often associated with the songs and strumming of the gauchos, Argentina’s version of the cowboy. A characteristic rhythm absorbed into the Variaciones Concertantes is the “malambo,” a rapid sixbeat pulse associated with Argentine dance music. Elsewhere, freely declamatory rhythms lend a rhapsodic quality also associated with folk music. Variaciones Concertantes was composed on commission from a Buenos Aires organization called Los Amigos de la Música. Its premiere was conducted on June 2, 1953, by Igor Markevitch, who shared the work’s dedication with Mrs. Leonor H. de Caraballo. Ginastera’s use of the term “concertante” in the title illuminates a special facet of this work. Like the 18th-century “sinfonia concertante,” it provides a featured role for numerous soloists within the orchestra ensemble, either singly or in pairs, during the course of the music. Where the sinfonia concertante is a hybrid of symphony and concerto forms, Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes is a hybrid of variation and concerto forms. The theme is stated in a free declamatory rhythm by a solo cello, alternately winding around the notes E and B as it rises, falls, then rises again through several octaves. Underlying this rhapsodic melody, the harp strikes the symbolic chord as the basis for a progression of harmonies that establish the tonal focus of the piece. Once the theme has been heard, an “Interlude for Strings” precedes the first seven variations, and a corresponding “Interlude for Wind Instruments” follows them. The variations themselves are 14
strongly contrasted in style and color, beginning with a scampering flute variation followed by a puckish scherzo-variation for the clarinet, set in the six-beat “malambo” rhythm. The solo viola is given a florid “dramatic” variation, set as a slow movement accompanied only by strings and a few woodwinds. This is followed by a lightly pastoral variation featuring the oboe and bassoon chasing each other in a canonic imitation. A “rhythmic variation,” highlighting the bold trumpet and trombone, pits an intricate combination of three- and six-beat pulses against each other, suddenly throwing itself into a virtuoso perpetual-motion variation for solo violin. Finally, the horn is awarded a pensive solo, touching upon the notes of the symbolic chord in a rhythm that is free and declamatory. The “Interlude for Winds” is set as a somber chorale, and it is followed by a reprise of the theme, this time featuring the double bass against the harp. In the tradition of numerous variation sets, Ginastera concludes with a variation for the full ensemble, set in the manner of a rondo and again highlighting the intricate threeagainst-six pulse of a tow-tapping malambo rhythm.
FANTASÍA PARA UN GENTILHOMBRE FOR GUITAR AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) Recording Guitarist Sharon Isbin, with former Houston Symphony Music Director Lawrence Foster conducting the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (Virgin Classics) Instrumentation piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet and strings Joaquín Rodrigo composed numerous works in many vocal and instrumental categories (including a 1976 Houston Symphony orchestral commission, A la busca del más allá—In Search of the Beyond, honoring NASA’s exploration of space). Nevertheless, the famed blind Spanish composer is best remembered for two guitarand-orchestra works. Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia was touring and unable to give the premiere of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in 1930, so he asked Rodrigo for a new concerto in 1950. By that time, Rodrigo had composed four concertos, so he responded by writing Segovia, a four-movement suite based upon dance tunes composed by the famous 17th-century Spanish guitarist, theorist and composer Gaspar Sanz. The opening “Villano” connects this rustic village dance to a fugal Ricercar, led off by the guitar. The extended second movement, “Españoleta y fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles,” is also a combined set of dances honoring Sanz’ residence in Naples at the time that it was under Spanish rule. During his time there, he composed several fanfares for the Neapolitan cavalry. The vigorous third movement, “Danza de las hachas,” celebrates a Spanish torch dance, while the final “Canario” recreates the rhythm of a dance introduced into Spain from the Canary Islands.
THREE DANCES FROM EL SOMBRERO DE TRES PICOS (THE THREE-CORNERED HAT) Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) Recording Juanjo Mena conducting the BBC Philharmonic in the complete
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The Houston Symphony thanks Rand Group, LLC for its generous contribution through underwriting the Symphony’s Family Concert Series performance of Wands and Batons. Additionally, we thank the company for purchasing tickets to distribute to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and its employees for volunteering at the event as part of an overall commitment to community involvement. A professional services firm that serves the oil and gas, manufacturing, distribution and construction segments within the southern United States, Rand Group combines the business acumen of CPAs and industry specialists with the technology expertise of software developers and process improvement specialists to drive real business results using technology. Consistently the fastest growing application partner in the U.S. domestic market, the firm has built a reputation of making systems work for business. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Rand Group is focused on results, delivering complete end-to-end business management solutions to improve processes, reduce risk and drive efficiency and revenue—the company acts as an action-oriented partner of your business. Client focused, responsive and methodical, Rand Group is dedicated to its clients. The support from Rand Group helps sustain the Houston Symphony’s mission, ensuring a strong art presence in the community. Visit www.randgroup.com. ballet with soprano Raquel Lojendio as soloist (Chandos) Instrumentation two flutes, piccolo, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, piano (doubling celesta) and strings Manuel de Falla’s famed ballet score, El Sombrero de tres picos, originated as an old April 2013 15
BIOGRAPHIES | SPANISH MASTERS—RODRIGO & FALLA | APRIL 5-7 folk tale Pedro de Alarcón had adapted into a novel in 1874. Léonide Massine choreographed it for the Ballets Russes in 1919, also dancing the role of the Miller. The title is taken from the triangular hat worn by the old rural Magistrate (Corregidor in Spanish) who has a roving eye for the Miller’s Wife. While her husband is neither too bright nor too handsome, she loves him, and the pair succeeds in turning the tables on the old fool. The climax of the action comes in the second part, after the Magistrate has the Miller jailed and sneaks off in a second attempt to woo his Wife. Alas, he falls into a stream, takes off his wet clothes, climbs into the Miller’s bed and falls asleep. He is quickly discovered by the Miller, who disguises himself in the Magistrate’s clothes and gets revenge by flirting with the Magistrate’s Wife. The second part of the ballet contains the most familiar music, which Falla later adapted into the second—and most popular—of two orchestral suites. It opens with an ensemble piece, a series of seguidillas danced by the Neighbors, followed by a bold, strutting farruca for the Miller. After having the Miller jailed (to the tune of the “fate” motive from Beethoven’s
Fifth Symphony, which Falla impishly parodied), the Magistrate re-enters with a theme played by a solo bassoon and attempts to sway the Wife with a pompous minuet, just before falling into the water. After the bedroom episodes, the ballet ends with the exuberant jota. The conductor’s scores for Falla’s Three Dances from El Sombrero de tres picos was donated by Mr. Randall W. Spalinger. ©2013, Carl R. Cunningham
CARLOS KALMAR, conductor Carlos Kalmar is in his 10th season as music director of the Oregon Symphony; his contract was extended until 2015. He is also chief conductor and artistic director of the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Madrid, and artistic director and principal conductor of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. He returns to the Houston Symphony podium with these performances. In May 2011, Kalmar made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Symphony as part of the inaugural Spring for Music Festival. His imaginative program, Music for a Time of War, and the performance itself were hailed by critics in the New York Times, New Yorker magazine and Musical America, and the concert has been recorded for release on the PentaTone label. A regular guest conductor with major orchestras in America, Europe and Asia, Kalmar has, in the past few seasons, conducted the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, Seattle, Helsinki, Lahti, Mincontinued on page 39
Conversations Longtime Symphony patron April Lykos is leading the charge on this year’s 38th annual Ima Hogg Competition to be held on June 1. Houston Symphony Magazine spoke with Lykos about the significance of the Competition and how it achieves the goals that Symphony founder, Miss Ima Hogg, established 100 years ago. “Conversations” is a semi-regular article that focuses on top-of-mind Symphony initiatives. What first brought you to the Symphony? Music was a big part of my life growing up. I studied piano for many years, but did not pursue it once I started law school. I had a chance meeting with Houston Symphony Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith and his wife Evelyn when they moved to town and our daughters were in the same class. We all became fast friends and meeting them renewed my interest in music. Today, I remain an enthusiastic subscriber and my husband and I count several of the musicians as friends. Why is the Symphony important to you? I enjoy both classical and pop music, and I appreciate the performances of our gifted and talented musicians. Being a subscriber allows me the opportunity to learn more about the history and background of the repertoire over time. I also appreciate programs such as RachFest and the Beethoven Experience where I can learn more about composers and their contributions to classical music. What is the significance of the Ima Hogg Competition? One of the many passions of Miss Ima was identifying and nurturing young musical talent. The Competition was founded in her honor in 1976, a year after her death, and is dedicated to perpetuating Miss Ima’s vision and dedication to symphonic music. It also provides a unique opportunity to showcase our exceptional orchestra on a national stage and most importantly, to promote the abilities of young artists in a unique performance setting – with an entire symphony. These artists come to us from all over the country, from schools such as The Julliard School, Eastman School of Music and the Shepherd School at Rice, to name a few. This Competition is unique among others like it, why would you say that is? The format is exciting for both spectators and musicians. First of all, it is one of the few instrumental competitions that includes all standard orchestral instruments. Over the years, winners have represented almost every instrument, including marimba. The Finals evening on June 1 is exhilarating in that the four finalists will play the best from their repertoire, each with the Houston Symphony. St. John Flynn hosts the evening and it is broadcast live on Classical 91.7 FM. At the close of the Competition, the judges deliberate, while the audience enjoys a reception and the opportunity to vote for the Audience Choice Award. Watching the talent and waiting for the results lends a sense of drama and suspense to the event. Then the winners are announced and medals are awarded. It is really a special evening. What does it mean to the competitors? It means a chance for a solo performance with the Houston Symphony at a later date.
In addition to performing with the Symphony during the finals, the first and second place winners return and perform with the Houston Symphony. The second place winner will perform at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 29, 2013 and the first place winner will perform at the Houston Chronicle Concert on Saturday, July 13, 2013. For musicians who are finishing their training and graduating from conservatories and music schools, this is great exposure for their career. Several of our own Houston Symphony musicians, including Concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Keyboardist Scott Holshouser, are both former finalists of the Ima Hogg Competition. What are some of the more recent developments with the Competition this year? This year, the First Place prize, the Grace Woodson Memorial Award, has been increased from $5,000 to $25,000, thanks to the generosity of John and Tracy Dennis. Proceeds from the Maestro’s Wine Dinner will support the second prize of $10,000. The rest of the prizes also increased substantially. Also, we initiated a Host Family Program, wherein the competitors will stay in homes of our patrons as opposed to a hotel. This is a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to support these young competitors and begin lifelong friendships as they follow their careers. Another new development is that United Airlines is underwriting the travel of the competitors. The combination of increased prize money, the expense-free competition and the performance opportunity with the Symphony will continue to attract the best musical talent that’s out there! We are fortunate to report a record number of submissions this year, representing ten different instruments and seven countries. The field has been narrowed to 10 and will be announced shortly. The semi-final field is shaping up to be one of our most musically diverse and includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, horn, flute and viola. Do you have any special memories tied to this Competition? The joy from this competition comes annually from watching our special guests, who we have brought into the Houston Symphony fold by providing a competition and performance venue for them and then watching them embark on their musical career. I have many fond memories of these young talents and judges being “wowed” by not only the excitement of the Competition, but also by a smile from a volunteer, a fun ride from the airport, a wonderful competitor dinner, a smooth, efficient and professional competition or just a really good gift bag! My mission is fulfilled if we put on a solid competition while showing off our organization, our Symphony and our great city in the best possible light. April 2013 17
APRIL 11, 13-14, 2013
Debussy’s La Mer Hans Graf, conductor Benjamin Schmid, violin | *Ariane Haering, piano
Thursday, April 11, 2013 8 pm Saturday, April 13, 2013 8 pm Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:30 pm
Mendelssohn/C. Hellmundt Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and Orchestra I Allegro II Adagio III Allegro molto
Mendelssohn Capriccio Brillant in B minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 22
Violin Concerto in One Movement (after Paganini)
Debussy La mer ca. 23 I De l’aube à midi sur la mer: Très lent II Jeux des vagues: Allegro III Dialogue du vent et de la mer: Animé et tumultueux
Hans Graf’s biography appears on page 7. *Houston Symphony debut
NOTES BY CARL CUNNINGHAM | APRIL 11, 13-14 CONCERTO IN D MINOR FOR VIOLIN, PIANO AND ORCHESTRA Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Recording Jaap van Zweden, violinist and conductor; Ronald Brautigam, pianist; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra of Amsterdam (Philips) Instrumentation pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns and trumpets, timpani and strings
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The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of this concert weekend: Underwriter The Brown Foundation, Inc. Guest Pianist Endowment Fund Sponsor The Fayez Sarofim Guest Violinist Endowed Fund Patron Mr. & Mrs. J. Stephen Marks The Classical Season is endowed by The Wortham Foundation, Inc. in memory of Gus S. and Lyndall F. Wortham. In recognition of Hans Graf’s 12 years as Music Director of the Houston Symphony, these concerts are also generously supported in part by: The Brown Foundation, Inc. The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Spec’s Charitable Foundation
These concerts are being recorded for future broadcast on Classical 91.7 FM, the Radio Voice of the Houston Symphony.
endelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto and his G minor Piano Concerto have long been staples of the 19th-century concerto repertoire, beloved by soloists and audiences alike. But Mendelssohn’s four youthful concertos, composed long before these two famed works, are endlessly fascinating discoveries for performers and listeners, exhibiting a brilliantly talented young prodigy operating at his highest energy level. We don’t know these works because they were not published during Mendelssohn’s lifetime. In the late 1870s, 30 years after Mendelssohn’s death, his descendants consigned them to the care of curators at the Berlin Library, where they quietly gathered dust for nearly a century, through the rise of Wagnerism, the horrors of Nazism and the physical wall that separated East and Western Europe during the Cold War. Modern musicologists have brought them to light largely in anticipation of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth in 2009. Two of the concertos feature two solo pianists, but Mendelssohn composed the D minor Concerto for himself and Eduard Rietz, a young violinist with the Berlin Court Orchestra who later founded the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Rietz and the 14year-old composer gave the premiere of the concerto at one of the Mendelssohn family’s Sunday morning concerts in their home on May 25, 1823. After composing its accompaniment solely for a string orchestra, Mendelssohn added pairs of woodwinds, horns, trumpets and timpani, playing simple chords to add color and mesh with the more complex texture of the string parts. There was an additional public performance later that year, but then the concerto was forgotten for 130 years, until there was a West Berlin performance of the string-orchestra version April 2013 19
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES MAY 2013
Chopin & Beethoven May 9, 11, 12, 2013 Hans Graf, conductor TOTAL Gold Janina Fialkowska, piano Classics Series Weber: Overture to Euryanthe Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica Hear the glorious, soaring phrases of Chopin’s masterpiece, and then experience Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, initially inspired by his admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte. Later, he became disillusioned by Napoleon’s ascent to power and literally tore through the dedication, writing instead, “Heroic Symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.”
A Graf Farewell May 17, 18, 2013 Erin Wall, soprano Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection “Of all of Mahler’s symphonies, Resurrection has the most uplifting ending. There is a spiritual element in it that is hard to beat. Mahler’s idea to have the chorus emerge from the depths is spellbinding, like souls waiting to arise from the abyss to the heavens, following an irresistible crescendo to their apotheosis—a glorious and positive way to finish.” – Hans Graf
Pink Martini May 24, 25, 26, 2013 Michael Krajewski, conductor Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world—crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop—Pink Martini joins the Houston Symphony for a musical experience to remember. Hear popular favorites like “Brazil,” “Amado Mio” and “Hey, Eugene” along with new songs bound to become mainstays of the group’s eclectic repertoire.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl Film with Live Orchestra May 30, 2013 Matthew Kraemer, conductor Men of the Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director A one-of-a-kind film screening concert experience will take you for an adventure on the high seas! The performance features the 2003 smash hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, with the musical score performed live by the Houston Symphony. Experience this blockbuster as you never have before. Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Non-Theatrical © Disney
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NOTES | DEBUSSY’S LA MER | APRIL 11, 13-14 in 1957. The wind parts were rediscovered later, and that is the version performed at this concert. Mendelssohn was still studying with Carl Friedrich Zelter at the time, and Zelter’s composition instruction in the style of J. S. Bach’s music is reflected in many passages throughout the outer movements of this concerto. But it is engrossing to hear Mendelssohn assimilating traits of the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic eras into this huge work. Bach-style contrapuntal passages and the baroque concerto form, abruptly alternating full-orchestra ritornellos (refrains) with elaborate solo passages, are blended with a thematic plan and an orchestration characteristic of Mozart. The elaborate musical filigree suggests the virtuoso style of early 19th-century pianists and violinists and the sweet sentiments of emerging Romanticism. The combination is often startling and threatens to become diffuse, but Mendelssohn’s sense of musical architecture was already evident at this early age. One particularly bold excursion occurs in the middle of the first movement, where the two soloists wander off into a dreamy fantasia. The slow movement is a poetic idyll, set in a large three-part design, with progressively elaborate figuration for the soloists against a background largely dominated by muted strings. The finale is a brisk rondo, set in a quick marching meter that brings the concerto to a rousing conclusion.
gave in London. The following December, it was again performed at the Berlin Singing Academy during a series of benefit concerts Mendelssohn gave on behalf of widows of orchestra members. The work begins with a rather poetic slow introduction, followed by a fiery allegro that serves as a showpiece for the soloist. This larger section is a large, freely-cast three-part form that turns toward related major-key tonalities in the marching tune that dominates the middle part of the allegro. Mendelssohn made a solo piano arrangement almost simultaneously with the orchestral version heard here. The printed music for Mendelssohn’s Capriccio Brillant was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Wu in memory of Ishak Suhenda.
CAPRICCIO BRILLANT IN B MINOR FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA, OPUS 22 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Recording Pianist Ronald Brautigam, with Lev Markiz conducting the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (BIS) Instrumentation pairs of woodwinds, horns and trumpets, timpani and strings Mendelssohn’s Capriccio Brillant is one of several short occasional pieces he composed for piano and orchestra, to some extent modeled on the shorter piano-orchestral pieces of Carl Maria von Weber. It was composed in 1832, about the same time as Mendelssohn’s G minor Piano Concerto, and received its premiere during May of that year at a series of guest performances he April 2013 21
NOTES | DEBUSSY’S LA MER | APRIL 11, 13-14 VIOLIN CONCERTO IN ONE MOVEMENT (AFTER PAGANINI) Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) (Transcribed from the First Movement of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1) Recording Benjamin Schmid, with Valery Gergiev conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon) Instrumentation pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, timpani, harp and strings Five mature concertos, plus an early discarded concerto, are credited to Nicolò Paganini, and all of them remained unpublished during his lifetime. Fearing piracy, Paganini played them from memory, even distributing and collecting orchestra parts at each rehearsal and performance during his wildly acclaimed tours to Vienna, Paris, London, Berlin and numerous other European cities. Just as the First Violin Concerto contributed decisively to Paganini’s fame, it has continued to be his most popular concerto among modern violinists. The melodramatic, ostentatious character of the work and its extroverted themes remind us that Paganini was a slightly older contemporary of early 19th-century Italy’s hotblooded operatic triumvirate: Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. The violin is most definitely the fiery coloratura soprano in this piece and, once the concerto’s stirring themes have been set forth at the beginning of the first movment, the solo instrument rarely cedes the spotlight to the conductor and orchestra. Instead, the violinist regales the audience with a continuous stream of daring melodic leaps, arpeggios, trills, difficult double-note passages, bounding-bow strokes and pizzicato effects produced by plucking the string with the finger. Fritz Kreisler, who repeatedly fooled music critics by composing works and attributing their authorship to long forgotten composers of yore, pulled a different stunt by making his own arrangement of the opening movement of Paganini’s famed concerto. He published it in 1936 under his own name, with an admission of its original source. Kreisler was not the first to trade upon Paganini’s name: German violinist August Wilhelmj (1845-1908) preceded him with a similar arrangement of the concerto, and the practice of transcription goes back many centuries among composers, famous and obscure. Basically, Kreisler composed a totally new orchestral introduction to the concerto, as well as a new ending to Paganini’s original first movement. He also enlarged the instrumentation, adding two extra horns, tubas, extra percussion and a harp, giving Paganini’s orchestration a late 19th-century sound quality.
LA MER Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Recording Charles Dutoit conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Decca) Instrumentation piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, three 22
bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns, three trumpets, two cornets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, two harps and strings In his detailed study of La mer, scholar Simon Trezise reminds us that musical imagery associated with water is frequently found in the works of Claude Debussy. Not surprisingly, he expressed that feeling most powerfully in the three symphonic sketches he completed in 1905 under the collective title, The Sea. Composition of the work during the preceding two years coincided with a very stressful period of Debussy’s life. In the summer of 1904, he left his wife, Lilly Texier, and began a liaison with Emma Bardac, causing the abandoned Lilly to make an unsuccessful attempt at suicide. The ensuing scandal caused adverse reactions toward Debussy from the audience at the 1905 premiere, and it was not until he conducted a slightly revised version four years later that La mer was properly recognized as his orchestral masterpiece. Notwithstanding the implications of its subtitle, “Three Symphonic Sketches,” and their fast-slow-fast sequence, La mer is really three short tone poems, only the last of which bears some faint resemblance to a rondo form that frequently ends a multi-movement symphony. Like the sea itself, the work is free and unpredictable in its formal design, yet it is full of evocative themes and unexpected changes of mood. The true source of La mer’s fascination lies in these elements, in its iridescent, ever-changing tone colors and its huge waves of sound, suddenly building up and crashing, then disappearing just as quickly, like the ocean it represents. The printed music for Debussy’s La mer was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Griswold. ©2013, Carl R. Cunningham
BIOGRAPHIES BENJAMIN SCHMID, violin One of the most versatile of today’s violinists, Benjamin Schmid’s particular strength lies in his exceptionally wide repertoire and very personal style. Described as “one of the most valuable of today’s goldenage-violinists” (The New York Sun), his work has also been acclaimed as “a violin classic” (The Strad). Following performances of Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Seiji Ozawa in three concerts at the Musikverein in 2007, he returned to the orchestra in 2011 for a performance of Kreisler’s adaptation of the Paganini concerto under Valery Gergiev. This concert at the prestigious Schönbrunn open air festival was broadcast in more than 60 countries and released as CD and DVD on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
BIOGRAPHIES | DEBUSSY’S LA MER | APRIL 11, 13-14 At the core of Schmid’s career are his interpretations of works by Austrian composers such as Berg, Goldmark, Korngold, Kreisler, Mozart, Muthspiel, Schönberg and Webern. Each year, he allocates a portion of his time to playing chamber music. With pianist Ariane Haering, he concentrates on works by Mozart. A passionate recording artist, Schmid has built an impressive discography of more than 25 CDs. In addition to this return engagement with the Houston Symphony, he has performed with leading ensembles all over the world, from São Paulo to St. Petersburg, from Leipzig to Japan. Schmid is a frequent guest at the important European festivals. His first appearance at the Salzburg Festival in 1986 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Sir Yehudi Menuhin was followed by a large number of orchestral concerts, recitals, chamber music and jazz recitals. His extraordinarily successful jazz program, “Hommage à Grappelli,” is regularly staged at renowned jazz venues and classical concert halls alike. Highlights of this season include appearances with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Hannu Lintu with whom he will record Ligeti’s unique violin concerto), Oregon Symphony, Taipei Symphony Orchestra and with orchestras in Valencia and Barcelona. In Austria, he returns to the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Vienna Musikverein and the Salzburg Festival. Born in Vienna, Benjamin Schmid studied in Salzburg, Vienna and Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has won many international awards, including the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition—winning the Mozart, Beethoven and Audience Prizes.
ARIANE HAERING, piano Born in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1976, Ariane Haering had her first piano lessons at age 6. She continued her musical education at the Conservatory of La Chaux-de-Fonds and graduated with distinction in 1992. She completed her studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Conservatory of Lausanne where, in 1996, she received the Premier Prix de Virtuosité. Haering won first prizes at the Swiss Youth Music Competitions (1989, 1991), the Jecklin Musiktreff (1990) and the Uni-
versity of North Carolina Concerto Competition (1993). She has been awarded a number of distinctions from the International Lyceum Club of La Chaux-de-Fonds (1990), the regional (1989) and international (1992) Rotary Clubs, L’Express (1994) and Lions Club International (1996), as well as the Prix Miéville (1993). She was selected to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Young Musicians Finals (1992) in Brussels and named Young Soloist of the Community of French Language Public Radio (1993). She was a beneficiary of Migros Culture Percentage Scholarships (1995 - 1997). Haering has appeared as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, the Chamber Orchestra of Neuchâtel, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, the Zürich Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Switzerland, the Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Malaysia National Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra and the NCSA Symphony Orchestra. Her recital activity has taken her to major festivals, including the Schubertiades of Radio Suisse Romande, Music in Einsiedeln Abbey, Davos Festival, Spring Arts Festival of Monte-Carlo, Domaine Forget (Québec), the 1990 International Steinway Festival in Berlin and the Musical Summer Festival in East Frisia. An active chamber musician, she has performed a wide range of repertoire at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Grand Casino Basel and the Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden with, among others, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Ramon Jaffé, Benjamin Schmid, the St. Petersburg String Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet. Numerous European radio, television and CD recordings have complemented her performing career. April 2013 23
APRIL 19-21, 2013
Cavanaugh Sings Elton John & More Robert Franz, conductor | Michael Cavanaugh, vocals and piano Jamie Hosmer, keyboards, guitar and vocals | Giovanni Mastro, guitar and vocals Billy Venditti, bass and vocals | Johnny Fedevich, drums
Friday, April 19, 2013 8 pm Saturday, April 20, 2013 8 pm Sunday, April 21, 2013 7:30 pm
Tonight’s program will be announced from the stage.
Michael Cavanaugh is “The new voice of the American Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook.” After the huge success from the orchestra show The Songs of Billy Joel & More, Cavanaugh’s newest show in the “Generations of Rock” series will feature some of the greatest hits by another great piano legend: Sir Elton John. Just as he did with his first orchestral show, Cavanaugh will be opening up the Rock ‘n’ Roll songbook and not only play songs by Elton John, but will feature selections by other legendary artists. Get ready for some surprises! We hope you enjoy (and sing along) to tonight’s performance.
BIOGRAPHIES | CAVANAUGH SINGS ELTON JOHN & MORE | APRIL 19-21
BIOGRAPHIES ROBERT FRANZ, conductor
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Since joining the Houston Symphony six seasons ago as Associate Conductor, Robert Franz has led the orchestra with vibrant, athletic and entertaining direction in a broad range of creative education and family concerts. As associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, he re-vitalized an ASCAP awardwinning new music concert series and served as co-host of In a Different Key, a weekly contemporary classical music radio program. A nationally recognized leader of arts education, he received the ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming (2001, 2008) and the BPO/ECMEA Award for Excellence in Music Education (2008) and created Kentucky Educational Television’s Creating Music and Stories program. In addition to his post here, Franz serves as music director of the Boise Philharmonic and is the newly appointed music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. He is music director emeritus of the Carolina Chamber Symphony, which he founded, and provides summer educational workshops at the National Repertory Orchestra. Franz received his master’s degree in conducting in 1992 and his bachelor’s degree in oboe performance in 1990 from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has participated in conducting workshops in the Czech Republic, St. Petersburg (Russia), Nashville and the Festival at Sandpoint, and was a participant in the 1997 National Conductor Preview.
MICHAEL CAVANAUGH, vocals and piano Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the title role of Movin’ Out, Michael Cavanaugh evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man. He appeared in the show for three years and more than 1,200 performances, receiving accolades that culminated with Grammy® and Tony® award nominations in 2003. Cavanaugh began playing at age 7 when his parents bought their first piano. Encouraged by family and friends, he formed his first band at age 10 and began playing local functions. His first full-time gig as a musician was an extended engagement in Orlando, Florida, at a piano bar called Blazing Pianos. In January 1999, he received a life-changing offer—an opportunity to play Las Vegas at the famed New York New York Hotel and Casino. Billy Joel noticed him and joined him on stage one fateful night, and after two songs Joel was convinced that he had found his new Piano Man. Cavanaugh moved to New York City to work alongside Joel and Twyla Tharp, to shape the Broadway musical. With the close of Movin’ Out at the end of 2005, he began touring, creating a show that reinterprets the modern pop/rock songbook. Cavanaugh soon began performing worldwide for company and charity events, as well as sporting events, from PGA tours to the Indy 500. In October 2008, he signed with Warner/ADA to distribute his first CD, In Color. Symphony orchestras soon discovered his talents. His first orchestral booking, “Michael Cavanaugh: The Songs of Billy Joel and More” debuted in April 2008 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Two shows followed: “Michael Cavanaugh: The Songs of Elton John and More” and “Singers and Songwriters: The Music of Paul Simon, Neil Diamond and James Taylor.” He continues to tour all three. April 2013 25
The Houston Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Charles Hausmann, is one of the nation’s largest, and most distinguished, all-volunteer choirs associated with a major symphony orchestra. The 200 volunteer members are extremely dedicated to the Symphony, lending more than 44,400 collective hours in rehearsals and concerts each season. With a passion for music, they are committed to singing at the highest artistic level. In addition to its performances with the Symphony each season, the Chorus actively performs throughout the city and around the world. It has made several European concert tours performing with orchestras in Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria and England. It also performs regularly in Mexico City with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. Originally known as the Houston Chorale, the group was founded in 1946 by Alfred Urbach, who, at that time, was principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. The Chorale made its debut with the Houston Symphony in 1949 with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and has since performed more than 1,000 concerts with the Symphony. Its performances with the Houston Symphony have included Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mass No. 2 in E minor, along with works of the symphonic chorale repertoire: Requiems of Fauré, Verdi and Mozart, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2 and 8, Schubert’s Mass No. 5 in A-flat, Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina pro pace, Orff’s Carmina Burana and The Houston Symphony Chorus is 200 members strong and is also the Symphony’s largest Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, among others. group of volunteers, earning more than 44,400 service hours. The Chorus stays busy with other singing engagements. On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church, the Houston Symphony Chorus and the University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with the Bruckner Society of America, will present Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 in F minor. Maestro Franz Anton Krager, music director of the Moores School Symphony Orchestra, will conduct both performances.
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Singers interested in joining the Chorus should call (713) 444-9221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for audition information. 26
Houston Symphony Chorus performed Handel’s Messiah at Sugar Land Baptist Church this year. See them perform Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony May 17 and 18 at Hans Graf’s farewell concerts.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY Engagement
Decoding Wozzeck, An Educational Feat
With a masterpiece as deep and complex as Wozzeck, there are two ways that an audience member can perceive it: deeply powerful and moving or avant garde and unconventional. Unlike standard orchestral and operatic works, Wozzeck’s characteristics, musical imagery, melodies and emotions are not easily unearthed upon a first hearing and are very difficult to detect without any previous exposure. Knowing that Wozzeck was going to be an artistic cornerstone of the 2012-13 season, the Houston Symphony wanted to ensure that everyone was given the chance to fully appreciate this evocative 20th-century opera. To that goal, the Houston Symphony created a variety of educational opportunities. A companion booklet was created that featured an interview with Music Director Hans Graf and commentary by Rice University professors, Anthony Brandt, Ph.D., and Richard Spuler, Ph.D. Brandt and Spuler were two of four scholars forming the Wozzeck Ambassador program. Along with four musicology graduate students, these ambassadors presented lectures about various aspects of Wozzeck at organizations through-
out the Greater Houston area. In total, 1,200 individuals attended 27 separate events in the weeks leading up to the performance. As well as the collaborations that took place on stage with Shepherd School of Music vocal students and the Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus, the Houston Symphony was also able to partner with Opera in the Heights and the Houston Grand Opera to present lectures to their subscribers. Engaging presentations were held at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the University of Houston, Rice University, Houston Community College, Houston Baptist University and the University of St. Thomas. A generous grant from Marathon Oil Corporation underwrote tickets for 175 students to experience Wozzeck. Finally, a 15-minute behind-the-scenes video about Wozzeck was produced and shown before the performances on March 1 and 2. This video has also been uploaded to YouTube and has been viewed more than 1,000 times. Wozzeck has strengthened the Houston Symphony in a number of ways: from expanding upon valuable collaborations with various organizations throughout Houston, giving our Ambassadors an opportunity to share their expertise on topics of passion and interest, and in creating such a challenge for our spectacular musicians that was embraced and achieved in a marvelous way.
The Houston Symphony would like to acknowledge those individuals, corporations and foundations that support our education and community engagement activities. Each year, these activities impact the lives of more than 76,000 children and students and provide access to our world-class orchestra for more than 100,000 Houstonians free-of-charge.
GUARANTOR - $100,000+ M.D. Anderson Foundation The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Lieutenant Governor David H. Dewhurst Mrs. Alfred C. Glassell Jr. City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board Houston Symphony Endowment John & Lindy Rydman / Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods UNDERWRITER - $50,000+ Cameron International Corporation ExxonMobil Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund GDF SUEZ Energy North America JPMorgan Chase Marathon Oil Corporation John P. McGovern Foundation Shell Oil Company SPONSOR - $25,000+ The Boeing Company Sterling-Turner Foundation
PARTNER - $15,000+ Bank of America Ruth & Ted Bauer Family Foundation CenterPoint Energy The Melbern G. & Susanne M. Glasscock Foundation Macy’s Foundation Wells Fargo PATRON - $10,000+ Enbridge Energy Company George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation The Powell Foundation The Schissler Foundation Vivian L. Smith Foundation Vaughn Foundation BENEFACTOR - $5,000+ Devon Energy Corporation Lynne Murray, Sr. Educational Foundation Randalls Food Markets, Inc. Strake Foundation Swift Energy Company DONOR - $1,000+ Kinder Morgan Foundation Robert W. & Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation Lillian Kaiser Lewis Foundation
These programs are also supported by the following endowed funds which are part of the Houston Symphony Endowment: Margaret & Alice Brown Endowment Fund for Education Lawrence E. Carlton M.D. Endowment Fund for Youth Programs The Hearst Foundation Spec’s Charitable Foundation April 2013 27
The Houston Symphony Endowment Trust The Houston Symphony Endowment Trust is a separate nonprofit organization that invests contributions to earn income for the benefit of the Houston Symphony Society.
Trustees Janet F. Clark Michael Mithoff
Steven P. Mach, President Prentiss Burt
Jesse B. Tutor Fredric A. Weber
An endowed fund can be permanently established within the Houston Symphony Society through a direct contribution or via a planned gift such as a bequest. The fund can be designated for general purposes or specific interests. For further information, please contact David Chambers, Chief Development Officer, at (713) 337-8525; Mark Folkes, Director, Individual Giving and Major Gifts, at (713) 337-8521; or Stephanie Ann Jones, Senior Director, Events and League Relations, at (713) 337-8526. The Houston Symphony acknowledges with deep gratitude the following individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies who have supported the Endowment. General Endowment Funds that support operational and annual activities: Accenture (Anderson Consulting) Fund AIG American General Fund Mr. & Mrs. Philip Bahr Fund Janice H. & Thomas D. Barrow Fund Mrs. Ermy Borlenghi Bonfield Fund The Charles Engelhard Foundation Fund Jane & Robert Cizik Fund Mr. Lee A. Clark Fund Cooper Industries, Inc. Fund Gene & Linda Dewhurst Fund DuPont Corporation Fund Elkins Charitable Trust Agency Fund The Margaret & James A. Elkins Foundation Fund Virginia Lee Elverson Trust Fund Charles Engelhard Foundation Fund William Stamps Farish Fund Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein & Martin J. Fein Fund Stephen & Mariglyn Glenn Fund Jo A. & Billie Jo Graves Fund George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Fund Dr. Gary L. Hollingsworth & Dr. Ken Hyde Fund Houston Arts Combined Endowment Fund Drs. M.S. & Marie-Luise Kalsi Fund Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kaplan Fund Ann Kennedy & Geoffrey Walker Fund Martha Kleymeyer Fund Rochelle & Max Levit Fund Mr. E. W. Long Jr. Fund
M.D. Anderson Foundation Fund Rodney H. Margolis Fund Jay & Shirley Marks Fund Mr. & Mrs. J. Stephen Marks Fund/ The Marks Charitable Foundation Marian & Speros Martel Foundation Fund Barbara & Pat McCelvey Fund The Menil Foundation Fund Monroe Mendelsohn Jr. Estate Sue A. Morrison & Children Fund National Endowment for the Arts Fund Stewart Orton Fund Papadopoulos Fund Nancy & Robert Peiser Fund Rockwell Fund, Inc. Fund Mr. & Mrs. Clive Runnells Fund Estate of Mr. Walter W. Sapp Fund Mr. & Mrs. Matt K. Schatzman Fund The Schissler Foundation Fund Mr. & Mrs. James A. Shaffer Fund Mr. & Mrs. William T. Slick Jr. Fund Texas Eastern Fund Bobby & Phoebe Tudor Fund Mr. & Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor Fund Dede & Connie Weil Fund The Wortham Foundation Fund Anonymous (5)
Designated funds to support annual performance activity: The Brown Foundation Guest Pianist Fund The Cullen Foundation Maestroâ€™s Fund General & Mrs. Maurice Hirsch Memorial Concert Fund in memory of Theresa Meyer and Jules Hirsch, beloved parents of General Maurice Hirsch, and Rosetta Hirsch Weil and Josie Hirsch Bloch, beloved sisters of General Maurice Hirsch The Houston Symphony Chorus Endowment Fund Fayez Sarofim Guest Violinist Fund through The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts The Wortham Foundation Classical Series Fund endowed in memory of Gus S. & Lyndall F. Wortham
The Houston Symphony Endowment Trust Endowed Chairs to assist the Houston Symphony attract, retain and support world class conductors, musicians and guest artists: Janice & Thomas Barrow Chair: Brinton Averil Smith, principal cello Roy & Lillie Cullen Chair: Hans Graf, music director Fondren Foundation Chair: Qi Ming, assistant concertmaster Hewlett-Packard Company Chair: Marina Brubaker, first violin General Maurice Hirsch Chair: Aralee Dorough, principal flute Ellen E. Kelley Chair: Eric Halen, associate concertmaster Max Levine Chair: Frank Huang, concertmaster Cornelia & Meredith Long Chair: Assia Dulgerska, assistant concertmaster George P. & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Chair: Mark Hughes, principal trumpet Tassie & Constantine S. Nicandros Chair: Alexander Potiomkin, bass clarinet Lucy Binyon Stude Chair: Jonathan Fischer, principal oboe Endowed funds to support the Houston Symphony’s annual education and community engagement activities: Margarett & Alice Brown Endowment Fund for Education Lawrence E. Carlton M.D. Endowment Fund for Youth Programs The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs Spec’s Charitable Foundation Salute to Educators Concert Fund Endowed funds to support new commissions and innovative artistic projects: The Micajah S. Stude Special Production Fund Endowed funds to support access and expand geographic reach: The Alice & David C. Bintliff Messiah Concert fund for performances at First Methodist Church The Brown Foundation’s Miller Outdoor Theatre Fund in honor of Hanni Orton and in memory of Stewart Orton Mach Family Audience Development Fund George P. & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Summer Concerts Fund Endowed funds to support electronic media initiatives: The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Fund for Creative Initiatives Legacy commitments through The Brown Foundation Challenge to support artistic excellence: Janet. F Clark Gloria Goldblatt Pryzant Mr. & Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor Legacy Society Chair: Wayne Brooks, principal viola Ms. Vicki West in honor of Hans Graf Anonymous (1)
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Symphony Society Board Executive Committee President & Vice President, Finance Robert A. Peiser
Chairman of the Board Jesse B. Tutor
Executive Director/CEO Mark C. Hanson
Past President Robert B. Tudor III
Chairman Emeritus Mike Stude
Vice President, Artistic and Orchestra Affairs Justice Brett Busby
Vice President, Board Governance and Secretary Steven P. Mach
Vice President, Volunteers David Wuthrich
Vice President, Development Jerome Simon
Vice President, Popular Programming Allen Gelwick
Vice President, Education Cora Sue Mach
Vice President, Audience Development and Marketing Gloria G. Pryzant
General Counsel Paul R. Morico
President, Endowment Steven P. Mach
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Mark Hughes, Orchestra Representative Rodney Margolis Susan Osterberg, President, Houston Symphony League Burke Shaw, Orchestra Representative Brinton Averil Smith, Orchestra Representative Stacey Spears, Assistant Secretary Ed Wulfe, Immediate Past Chair
At-Large Members Marie Bosarge Gene Dewhurst Barbara McCelvey Helen Shaffer Jim R. Smith
Governing Directors * Janice H. Barrow Danielle Batchelor Darlene Bisso Anthony Bohnert Marie Bosarge Terry Ann Brown Ralph Burch Justice Brett Busby Donna Josey Chapman Janet Clark Michael H. Clark Ryan Colburn Scott Cutler Lorraine Dell Viviana Denechaud Gene Dewhurst Michael Doherty
Samuel Abraham Philip Bahr Graham Baker Devinder Bhatia Ted Bosquez Meherwan Boyce Walter Bratic Prentiss Burt Cheryl Byington Dougal Cameron Lynn Caruso * John T. Cater Audrey Cochran Mark Day Cindy Deere Louis DeLone John Esquivel Tom Fitzpatrick Past Presidents of the Houston Symphony Society Mrs. Edwin B. Parker Miss Ima Hogg Mrs. H. M. Garwood Joseph A. Mullen, M.D. Joseph S. Smith Walter H. Walne H. R. Cullen Gen. Maurice Hirsch Charles F. Jones Fayez Sarofim John T. Cater Richard G. Merrill Ellen Elizardi Kelley John D. Platt E. C. Vandagrift Jr. J. Hugh Roff Jr.
Susanna Dokupil Kelli Cohen Fein Julia Frankel David Frankfort Allen Gelwick Mauro Gimenez Stephen Glenn Susan Hansen Gary L. Hollingsworth Brian James Ulyesse LeGrange Rochelle Levit Cora Sue Mach Steven P. Mach * Rodney Margolis Jay Marks Mary Lynn Marks
Jackie Wolens Mazow Billy McCartney Barbara McCelvey * Alexander K. McLanahan Kevin Meyers Paul Morico Arthur Newman Robert A. Peiser Geoffroy Petit David Pruner Stephen Pryor Gloria G. Pryzant Ron Rand Kathi Rovere John Rydman Manolo Sanchez Helen Shaffer
Jerome Simon Jim R. Smith David Steakley Mike Stude Ileana Trevi単o * Robert B. Tudor III * Betty Tutor * Jesse B. Tutor Margaret Waisman Fredric A. Weber Vicki West Margaret Alkek Williams * Ed Wulfe David Wuthrich Robert A. Yekovich
Craig A. Fox Mary Fusillo Stanley Haas Eric Haufrect Kathleen Hayes Catherine Kaldis Joan Kaplan I. Ray Kirk Roslyn Larkey Nancy Littlejohn Carolyn Mann Michael Mann Paul M. Mann Judy Margolis David Massin Brian McCabe * Gene McDavid Marilyn Miles
Michael Mithoff Dave Mueller Tassie Nicandros Scott Nyquist Edward Osterberg Jr. Chester M. Pitts II Greg Powers Roman F. Reed Richard Robbins * J. Hugh Roff Jr. Mark Schusterman * Michael E. Shannon Donna Shen Jule Smith David Stanard David Tai Michael Tenzer L. Proctor (Terry) Thomas
Stephen G. Tipps Mrs. S. Conrad Weil Robert Weiner David Ashley White James T. Willerson Steven J. Williams Ex-Officio Mark C. Hanson Mark Hughes Carole Murphy Susan Osterberg Burke Shaw Brinton Averil Smith Stacey Spears
Robert M. Hermance Gene McDavid Janice H. Barrow Barry C. Burkholder Rodney H. Margolis Jeffrey B. Early Michael E. Shannon Ed Wulfe Jesse B. Tutor Robert B. Tudor III Past Presidents of the Houston Symphony League Miss Ima Hogg Mrs. John F. Grant Mrs. J. R. Parten Mrs. Andrew E. Rutter Mrs. Aubrey Leon Carter Mrs. Stuart Sherar
Mrs. Julian Burrows Ms. Hazel Ledbetter Mrs. Albert P. Jones Mrs. Ben A. Calhoun Mrs. James Griffith Lawhon Mrs. Olaf La Cour Olsen Mrs. Ralph Ellis Gunn Mrs. Leon Jaworski Mrs. Garrett R. Tucker Jr. Mrs. M. T. Launius Jr. Mrs. Thompson McCleary Mrs. Theodore W. Cooper Mrs. Allen H. Carruth Mrs. David Hannah Jr. Mary Louis Kister Ellen Elizardi Kelley Mrs. John W. Herndon
* Life Trustee
Mrs. Charles Franzen Mrs. Harold R. DeMoss Jr. Mrs. Edward H. Soderstrom Mrs. Lilly Kucera Andress Ms. Marilou Bonner Mrs. W. Harold Sellers Mrs. Harry H. Gendel Mrs. Robert M. Eury Mrs. E. C. Vandagrift Jr. Mrs. J. Stephen Marks Terry Ann Brown Nancy Strohmer Mary Ann McKeithan Ann Cavanaugh Mrs. James A. Shaffer Lucy H. Lewis Catherine McNamara Shirley McGregor Pearson
Paula Jarrett Cora Sue Mach Kathi Rovere Norma Jean Brown Barbara McCelvey Lori Sorcic Nancy Willerson Jane Clark Nancy Littlejohn Donna Shen
Houston Symphony Donors The Sustainability Fund
The Houston Symphony pays special tribute to those who support our Sustainability Fund, whose extraordinary leadership investment has made it possible for the Symphony to provide the deep level of cultural service so richly deserved by the communities of the greater Houston area and Gulf Coast region. For further information about The Sustainability Fund, please contact Mark C. Hanson, Executive Director/CEO, at (713) 238-1412.
Houston Endowment The Estate of Jean R. Sides Bobby & Phoebe Tudor Mrs. Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Mrs. Kitty King Powell
Janice H. Barrow The Cullen Foundation The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts The Brown Foundation, Inc.
The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges those who support our artistic, educational and community engagement programs through their generosity to our Annual Fund and our Special Events. Below is a listing of those who have so generously given within the past year. We are honored to count these donors among our closest Houston Symphony friends, and we invite you to consider becoming a member of one of our giving societies. For more information, please contact David Chambers, Chief Development Officer, at (713) 337-8525.
Leadership Circle Ima Hogg Society $150,000 or More Janice H. Barrow Mrs. Marie T. & Dr. Ed Bosarge Lieutenant Governor & Mrs. David H. Dewhurst Mrs. Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Mr. George P. Mitchell Mrs. Kitty King Powell John & Lindy Rydman / Specâ€™s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods Mr. Mike Stude Bobby & Phoebe Tudor Margaret Alkek Williams Centennial Society $100,000 - $149,000 Jane & Robert Cizik Beth Madison Barbara & Pat McCelvey Janice & Robert McNair Mr. & Mrs. Jim R. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor
Presidentâ€™s Society $75,000 - $99,999 Nancy & Robert Peiser Mrs. Sybil F. Roos April 2013 31
Houston Symphony Donors Maestro’s Society $50,000 - $74,999
Concertmaster’s Society $25,000 - $49,999
Mr. & Mrs. Philip A. Bahr Darlene & Cappy Bisso Gene & Linda Dewhurst Mr. Monzer Hourani Drs. M.S. & Marie-Luise Kalsi Rochelle & Max Levit Cora Sue & Harry Mach Joella & Steven P. Mach Mr. & Mrs. J. Stephen Marks Mr. & Mrs. James A. Shaffer Laura & Michael Shannon
Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Blackburne Jr. Mr. Michael H. Clark & Ms. Sallie Morian Mr. & Mrs. Russell M. Frankel Mr. & Mrs. Melbern G. Glasscock Stephen & Mariglyn Glenn Maestro Hans Graf & Mrs. Graf Jo A. & Billie Jo Graves Dr. Gary L. Hollingsworth & Dr. Ken Hyde The Joan & Marvin Kaplan Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Ulyesse J. LeGrange Cornelia & Meredith Long Mr. & Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan Dave & Alie Pruner Ann & Hugh Roff Mr. & Mrs. Clive Runnells Alice & Terry Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Fredric A. Weber Steven & Nancy Williams Anonymous (3)
Conductor’s Circle, Platinum Baton $15,000-$24,999 Robin Angly & Miles Smith Mr. Gary V. Beauchamp & Ms. Marian Wilfert Beauchamp Mr. & Mrs. David J. Beck Dr. & Mrs. Devinder Bhatia Mr. Ralph Burch Justice Brett & Erin Busby Drs. Dennis & Susan Carlyle Mr. & Mrs. Max Chapman Albert and Anne Chao / Ting Tsung & Wei Fong Chao Foundation
Janet F. Clark Audrey & Brandon Cochran Alexander & Lorraine Dell Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein & Martin J. Fein Angel & Craig Fox Allen & Almira Gelwick, Lockton Companies Susan & Dick Hansen Ms. Nancey Lobb Dr. & Mrs. Michael Mann Mr. & Mrs. Rodney H. Margolis Mr. & Mrs. Billy McCartney
Stephen & Marilyn Miles/ Stephen Warren Miles & Marilyn Ross Miles Foundation Mr. Walter & Mrs. Maryjane Scherr Jule & Albert Smith / Julia & Albert Smith Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Springob, Laredo Construction, Inc. David & Paula Steakley Nancy & David Tai Dede & Connie Weil
Conductor’s Circle, Gold Baton $10,000-$14,999 Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Abraham Rolaine & Morrie Abramson Eric S. Anderson & R. Dennis Anderson Lindley & Jason Arnoldy Mr. & Mrs. Joshua L. Batchelor Dr. & Mrs. Meherwan P. Boyce Mr. & Mrs. Walter V. Boyle Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bratic Mrs. Catherine Campbell Brock & Dr. Gary Brock Ruth White Brodsky Mr. & Mrs. Donald Childress 32
Dr. Scott Cutler Mr. Richard Danforth Leslie Barry Davidson & W. Robins Brice Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dokupil Mrs. William Estrada Aubrey & Sylvia Farb Mr. David Frankfort & Ms. Erika Bermeo Mr. Michael B. George Mr. & Mrs. Fred L. Gorman Christina & Mark Hanson Mr. & Mrs. Maynard Holt Mr. & Mrs. Todd Johnson
Larry & Susan Kellner Dr. & Mrs. I. Ray Kirk Mr. & Mrs. Michael Linn Dr. & Mrs. Paul M. Mann Jay & Shirley Marks Dr. & Mrs. Malcolm L. Mazow Brian & Elisabeth McCabe Betty & Gene McDavid Mr. Keith McFarland Catherine Jane Merchant Susan & Edward Osterberg Peggy Overly & John Barlow
Houston Symphony Donors Mr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Pickering Mr. & Mrs. James Postl Gloria & Joe Pryzant Mrs. Lila Rauch Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Reckling III Donna & Tim Shen Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Simon
Mr. Louis H. Skidmore Jr. Ms. Kelly Somoza James Stein / Bank of Houston Mr. & Mrs. Troy Thacker Paul Strand Thomas Stephen & Pamalah Tipps Ms. Judith Vincent
Shirley & Joel Wahlberg Margaret Waisman, M.D. & Steven S. Callahan, Ph.D. Vicki West Mr. & Mrs. C. Clifford Wright Anonymous (1)
Conductor’s Circle, Silver Baton $7,500-$9,999 Graham & Janet Baker Mrs. Bonnie Bauer Mr. & Mrs. Karl H. Becker Dr. Alan Bentz & Ms. Sallymoon S. Benz Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Black III Ms. Terry A. Brown Mr. & Mrs. Noel Coon Mr. & Mrs. Bert Cornelison Judge & Mrs. Harold DeMoss Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David Denechaud Mr. Mauro Gimenez & Ms. Connie Coulomb Mr. & Mrs. Frank Herzog Mr. Brian James Mrs. Gloria Pepper & Dr. Bernard Katz Dianna Bersen & Steve Livingston Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Lykos Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin O. Meyers Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Mihalo Cameron Mitchell Sidney & Ione Moran Paul & Rita Morico Mr. & Mrs. Lucian L. Morrison Jr. Sue A. Morrison Bobbie & Arthur Newman Mrs. Tassie Nicandros Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan E. Parker Kathryn & Richard Rabinow Mr. & Mrs. Ron R. Rand Roman & Sally Reed Mr. & Mrs. Ken N. Robertson Mr. Glen A. Rosenbaum Dr. Carlos Rossi
William J. Rovere & Kathi F. Rovere Linda & Jerry Rubenstein Ms. Amanda Savo Mr. & Mrs. Tad Smith Dr. Alana R. Spiwak & Sam Stolbun Mr. Stephen C. Tarry Mr. & Mrs. Leland Tate Shirley Toomim Stephen & Kristine Wallace Robert G. Weiner & Toni Blankmann Dr. Jim T. Willerson Nancy Willerson Cyvia & Melvyn Wolff Mr. & Mrs. Ed Wulfe Nina & Michael Zilkha
Conductor’s Circle, Bronze Baton $5,000-$7,499 Frances & Ira Anderson Mrs. Nina Andrews Mr. Richard C. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. John F. Bookout III Mr. Teodoro Bosquez Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Bowman Hon. Peter & Mrs. Anne S. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Burk Toba Buxbaum Marilyn Caplovitz Mrs. Lily Carrigan Mr. & Mrs. William T. Carter IV William J. Clayton & Margaret A. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Criner Mr. & Mrs. James W. Crownover Roger & Debby Cutler J.R. & Aline Deming Ms. Sara Jo Devine Mr. & Mrs. Carr P. Dishroon Mr. Robert Durst Mrs. Jane Egner Mr. Roger Eichhorn Mr. William Elbel & Ms. Mary J. Schroeder Mr. Scott Ensell Mr. Shane T. Frank Ms. Beth Freeman & Mr. Dave Stanard Mr. Edwin C. Friedrichs & Ms. Darlene Clark Dr. Robert H. & Mrs. Mary M. Fusillo Mrs. Aileen Gordon William A. & Dorothy H. Grieves Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Griswold Mary Jo Antone-Hatfield Ms. Kathleen Hayes Mr. & Mrs. James E. Hooks Debbie & Frank Jones Drs. Blair & Rita Justice Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Kaldis
Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Kinder Mary Louis Kister William & Cynthia Koch Mr. Willy Kuehn Marilyn Lummis Mr. & Mrs. David Massin Mrs. Beverly T. McDonald Mr. & Mrs. J. Douglas McMurrey Jr. Mr. & Mrs. D. Bradley McWilliams Mr. Gary Mercer Ginni & Richard Mithoff Melissa & Michael Mithoff Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Moynihan Terry Murphree Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Nickson Mr. & Mrs. Eugene O’Donnell Jennifer Owen & Ed Benyon Mr. and Mrs. Gary Petersen Mr. Robert J. Pilegge Jean & Allan Quiat Vicky & Michael Richker Mr. & Mrs. William K. Robbins Jr. Milton & Jill Rose Mr. & Mrs. Manolo Sanchez Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Schissler Jr. Dr. Philip D. Scott & Dr. Susan E. Gardner Mr. & Mrs. Mark R. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Antonio M. Szabo Mr. Brian Teichman Ms. Beverly Turner McDonald Mrs. Birgitt van Wijk Dr. David A. White Ms. Daisy Wong Ms. Jennifer R. Wittman Woodell Family Foundation Winthrop A. Wyman & Beverly Johnson
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Yekovich Edith & Bob Zinn Erla & Harry Zuber Anonymous (1)
Grand Patron’s Circle $2,500 - $4,999
Dr. & Mrs. George J. Abdo Mr. & Mrs. Mickey Ables Mr. & Mrs. Thurmon Andress Mr. & Mrs. John S. Arnoldy Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey B. Aron Mr. & Mrs. John C. Averett Trace Trahan Bannerman Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Barbieri Mr. James M. Bell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony W. Bohnert Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bolam Mr. & Mrs. James D. Bozeman Maurice & Karey Bresenhan Ting & John Bresnahan Mr. Larry C. Brookshire Divya & Chris Brown Ms. Cheryl Byington Mr. & Mrs. Thierry Caruso David Chambers & Alex Steffler Dr. Robert N. Chanon Mr. & Mrs. Paul D. Chapman Courtney & John Chapoton Mr. & Mrs. Kent Chenevert Mr. & Mrs. Gerald F. Clark Ms. Ann T. Coffey and Mr. Theo Bean Mr. William E. Colburn Mr. & Mrs. William Cotting Lois & David Coyle Mr. & Mrs. Mark P. Day Ms. Niki DeMaio April 2013 33
Houston Symphony Donors James R. Denton Mr. & Mrs. Mark Diehl Mr. & Mrs. Jack N. Doherty Mr. & Mrs. Michael Doherty Carolyn & David Edgar Mr. Parrish N. Erwin Jr. Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Eubank Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan B. Fairbanks Mary Ann & Larry Faulkner Mr. & Mrs. Donald Faust Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Ference Mr. & Mrs. George Ferguson Mr. & Mrs. Tom Fitzpatrick Andy Fullen Thomas & Patricia Geddy Mrs. Lila-Gene George Mr. Bert & Mrs. Joan Golding Mr. & Mrs. Herbert I. Goodman Robert & Michele Goodmark Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Haas Dr. & Mrs. Carlos R. Hamilton Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Eric J. Haufrect Mr. & Mrs. Eric Heggeseth Mr. & Mrs. Matt Hennessy Mark & Ragna Henrichs Mr. & Mrs. George Hricik Mr. Jimmy Hubbell Marianne & Robert Ivany Marzena & Jacek Jaminski Jill & Dunham Jewett Mr. & Mrs. John F. Joity Ms. Roslyn Larkey Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Linbeck Ms. B. Lynn Mathre & Mr. Stewart Oâ€™Dell Mr. & Mrs. Lance McKnight Ms. Vickie McMicken Mr. & Mrs. William B. McNamara Dr. & Mrs. John Mendelsohn Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mitchell Sami & Jud Morrison Julia & Chris Morton Juliet Moths Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Newton Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Payne Mr. & Mrs. Geoffroy Petit Mr. James D. Pitcock Jr. Dr. Gregory & Mrs. Cathie Powers Mr. Timothy Presutti Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Pryor Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. Pyne Jeremy & Linsay Radcliffe Shirley & Marvin Rich Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Richards Allyn & Jill Risley Dr. & Mrs. Richard Robbins Mr. & Mrs. James L. Robertson Ms. Regina J. Rogers Drs. Alex & Lynn Rosas Mr. Robert T. Sakowitz Carole & Barry Samuels Mr. & Mrs. Raymond E. Sawaya Mr. & Mrs. Rufus S. Scott Mr. & Mrs. John Seaberg Mr. & Mrs. George A. Shannon Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William T. Slick Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Keith Stevenson Mr. Mike Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Hans Strohmer Mr. Jim Teague and Ms. Jane DiPaolo Dr. & Mrs. Karl Tornyos Ann Trammell 34
Young Associates Council Young Associate, Premium $2,500 or more David Chambers & Alex Steffler Audrey & Brandon Cochran Christina & George Ferguson Andy Fullen Jimmy Hubbell Juliet Moths Young Associate $1,500 - $2,499 Lindley & Jason Arnoldy James M. Bell Ting & John Bresnahan Divya & Chris Brown Peter James Cazamias
Ms. Emily Van Houtan Rachael & Jason Volz, A Fare Extraordinaire C. Harold & Lorine Wallace Dr. & Mrs. Jasper Welch Dr. & Mrs. Rudy C. Wildenstein Mr. & Mrs. David J. Wuthrich Mr. Keith Yanez
$1,000 - $2,499
Mrs. Harold J. Adam Joan & Stanford Alexander Mrs. Nancy C. Allen Mr. John Alvarado John & Pat Anderson Mr. William J. Anderson Dr. Angela R. Apollo Mr. & Mrs. John M. Arnsparger Paul H. & Maida M. Asofsky Mr. Jeff Autor Ms. Mary S. Axelrad Dr. & Mrs. Jamil Azzam Susie & John Bace Mrs. Nancy Bailey Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Banks Mr. & Mrs. E. William Barnett Mr. David Barnham Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Basinski Richard & Trish Battaglia Dr. & Mrs. Arthur L. Beaudet Drs. Henry & Louise Bethea Mrs. Trisha Biasotti Dr. Joan Hacken Bitar Mrs. Mary Blake Mr. & Mrs. Michael Blitzer Mr. & Mrs. George Boerger Mrs. Danya M. Bogart Meg Boulware & Hartley Hampton / Boulware & Valoir Mrs. Joanie Bowman Mr. Sonny Brandtner Joe Brazzatti Mr. & Mrs. Daniel A. Breen Sr. Katherine M. Briggs Mr. Thomas Nyle Britton Mr. Chester Brooke & Dr. Nancy Poindexter Mr. & Mrs. Terry Bryant Dr. & Mrs. Fred Buckwold Lilia Khakinova & C. Robert Bunch Mrs. Anne H. Bushman Dr. & Mrs. William T. Butler Mr. & Mrs. Raul Caffesse Ms. Cathy M. Cagle Margot & John Cater Mr. Peter J. Cazamias The Chambers Family in honor of Margaret Sylvia Chamber Mr. & Mrs. Allen Clamen Mr. Robert L. Clarke Dr. Paul Cloutier Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Colburn Dr. Carmen Bonmati & Mr. Ben Conner Mr. Mark C. Conrad
Sarah & Ben Cotting Mike Cox Katie Flaherty Mark Folkes & Christopher Johnston Jessica Ford Hali Ganbold Samantha M. Gonzalez Jessica Q. Johnston Jennifer & David Mire Sami & Jud Morrison Brooke & Nathaniel Richards Amanda & John Seaberg Jo A. Simmons Carol Tai Evelyn & Francisco Uzcategui Rachael & Jason Volz, A Fare Extraordinaire
Ms. Barbara A. Conte Mr. & Mrs. Byron Cooley Dr. & Mrs. James D. Cox Mr. Mike Cox Hon. & Mrs. William C. Crassas Mr. & Mrs. Timothy J. Crull Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Cullen Jr. Mr. Carl Cunningham Mr. Jeffrey Daniels Mr. Fulton & Mrs. Reece Davenport Mrs. Helen Davis Mr. & Mrs. Paul Davis Mr. Denis A. DeBakey & Ms. Lavonne Cox Ms. Elizabeth Del Pico Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. DeLone Ms. Aurelie Desmarais Christopher & Annamarie Dewhurst Bruce B. Dice Mike & Debra Dishberger Mr. Michael Dooley Mr. & Mrs. James P. Dorn Egon & Elisa Durban Ms. Consuelo Duroc-Danner Drs. Gary & Roz Dworkin Mr. & Mrs. David Dybell Mr. & Mrs. Edward N. Earle Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon R. Erikson Mr. Wendell Erwin Mr. & Mrs. Jon Evans Mr. Mike Ezzell Dr. Louis & Mrs. Paula Faillace Mrs. Carolyn Grant Fay Dr. Judith Feigin & Mr. Colin Faulkner Ms. Ursula H. Felmet Jerry E. & Nanette B. Finger Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Fischer Dr. & Mrs. Richard Fish Barbara S. Fitch Mr. Dale Fitz Katie Flaherty Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Fleisher Eugene Fong William & Deborah Fowler Mr. & Mrs. James E. Furr Hali Ganbold Martha & Gibson Gayle Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John Gee Mr. & Mrs. Harry Gendel Mrs. Joan M. Giese Dr. & Mrs. Jack Gill Walter Gilmore Mrs. James J. Glenn Jr. Mr. Morris Glesby Mr. & Mrs. David Glodt Mr. Robert Gomez Mr. Michael Gonser Samantha Gonzalez Ms. Melissa Goodman Dr. & Mrs. Bradford S. Goodwin Jr. Mr. Kendall Gray Ms. Joyce Z. Greenberg Mr. Charles H. Gregory Mary & Paul Gregory Mr. & Mrs. Doug Groves
Houston Symphony Donors Mr. & Mrs. James Hackett Mr. Michael Haigh Eric & Angelea Halen Mrs. Thalia Halen Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Hall Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Hanna W. Russel Harp & Maarit K. Savola-Harp Mr. & Mrs. Warren W. Harris David & Claudia Hatcher Mr. & Mrs. Houston Haymon Mr. & Mrs. David J. Hemenway Marilyn & Robert M. Hermance Bob & Yoli Herrmann Ann & Joe Hightower Dr. Volker Hirsinger Mr. Robert Hoff Mr. Tim Hogan Mrs. Evelyn Howell Mr. and Mrs. Ford Hubbard III Mark & Marilyn Hughes Mrs. Julia Humphreys Mr. & Mrs. Robert Humphries Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Jackson Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Jankovic Ms. Ann Jennings Mr. & Mrs. Okey B. Johnson Mr. Eric S. Johnson & Dr. Ronada Davis Jessica Q. Johnston Mr. & Mrs. Steve Jones Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Katz Lynda & Frank Kelley Mr. & Mrs. David Kennedy Nora J. Klein, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Kneale Mr. Jimmy Koch Lucy & Victor Kormeier Mr. & Mrs. Sam Koster Ms. Ilene Kramer Ms. Joni Latimer Mr. David Leebron and Mrs. Y. Ping Sun Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Leighton Mr. & Mrs. William R. Leighton Dr. & Mrs. Morton Leonard Jr. Dr. Golda & Dr. Robert B. Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Robert Leonard Mr. Edwin N. Letzerich H. Fred & Velva G. Levine Mr. & Mrs. Philip Lewis Mr. William W. Lindley Mr. & Mrs. H. Arthur Littell Dr. & Mrs. James R. Lloyd Dr. Ted Loch Ms. Sylvia Lohkamp Robert & Gayle Longmire Mr. & Mrs. W. Gregory Looser Mr. Elario Lozano Mr. & Mrs. Bob Lunn Tom & Kathleen Mach Mr. & Mrs. Barry H. Margolis Mrs. Sasha Davis & Mr. Joseph Matulevich Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Mawhinney Jr. Linda & Jim McCartney Dr. A. McDermott & Dr. A. Glasser Mr. & Mrs. Michael McGuire Mr. Edward McIntosh Ms. Karen McRae Dr. & Mrs. G. Walter McReynolds Mr. & Mrs. John Merrill Melba Hoekstra Miers Jennifer & David Mire Mr. Jamal Mollai Mr. & Mrs. John C. Molloy Dr. Eleanor D. Montague Mr. Joshua Morris Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Moynier Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Mueller Mr. & Mrs. Richard Murphy Mr. and Mrs. William J. Napier Jr. Newman/Strug/Wadler families in honor of Ida & Irving Wadler Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey B. Newton Ms. Sheila Neylon John & Leslie Niemand Mr. & Mrs. Ralph S. Oâ€™Connor Mr. & Mrs. Staman Ogilvie
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Olfers Steve & Sue Olson Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon I. Oster Jane & Kenneth Owen Mr. & Mrs. Robert Page Christine & Robert Pastorek Mr. & Mrs. Raul Pavon Michael & Shirley Pearson Pamela & James Penny JoAnn & John Petzold Ms. Debra Phillips Mr. & Mrs. W. Hugh Phillips III Ms. Meg Philpot Ms. Mariela Poleo Mr. Thomas Power Michael & Darla Price Mrs. Dana Puddy Darla & Chip Purchase Mr. & Mrs. David Pursell Mr. Tom Purves Dr. & Mrs. Henry H. Rachford Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Perry Radoff Clinton & Leigh Rappole Anne D. Reed Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Reeves Mr. & Mrs. Allan Reich Mr. & Mrs. Dave Roberts Ms. Janice Robertson & Mr. Douglas Williams Floyd W. Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Edward Ross Mr. Kent Rutter Mr. & Mrs. Hugo Sand Chris & Don Sanders Harold H. Sandstead, M.D. Mrs. Holly Sansing Ms. Susan E. Scarrow Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Schanzmeyer Beth & Lee Schlanger Mrs. Toni Oplt & Mr. Ed Schneider Dr. Mark A. Schusterman Drs. Helene & Robert Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. Gustavo Scuseria Mr. & Mrs. Ash Sharma Jo A. Simmons Mr. & Mrs. Steve Sims Barbara & Louis Sklar Mr. Brinton Averil Smith & Ms. Evelyn Chen Mr. & Mrs. Lance Smith Mr. & Mrs. William A. Smith Dean & Kay L. Snider Ms. Aimee Snoots John L. Snyder Mary Louise Spencer Carol & Michael Stamatedes Ms. Georgiana Stanley Mr. & Mrs. Karl Stern Mr. & Mrs. James R. Stevens Cassie B. Stinson & Dr. R. Barry Holtz Mr. & Mrs. Stopnicki Emily C. Sundt Susman Family Foundation/Ellen & Steve Susman Ms. Jeanine Swift Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. Tabor Jr. Jean & Doug Thomas Jacob & Elizabeth Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Thurmond Mr. Gerard Trione Ms. Karin Peterson Tripp Mr. & Mrs. Timothy J. Unger Mr. & Mrs. Francisco Uzcategui Mr. & Mrs. Donn K. Van Arsdall Dr. & Mrs. Charles T. Van Buren Mr. & Mrs. William A. Van Wie Ms. Jana Vander Lee Betty & Bill Walker Mr. Danny Ward & Ms. Nancy Ames Mr. & Mrs. James A. Watt Mr. & Mrs. K.C. Weiner Ms. Joann E. Welton Mr. & Mrs. Eden N. Wenig Ms. Paula O. Whyte Ms. Melanie S. Wiggins Carlton & Marty Wilde
Mr. & Mrs. James R. Wilhite Dr. Robert Wilkins & Dr. Mary Ann Reynolds Wilkins Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Witte Mr. Karl Heinz Wolf Ms. Elizabeth Wolff Dr. & Mrs. Jerry S. Wolinsky Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Wray Mr. & Mrs. William A. Young Mr. & Mrs. Charles Zabriskie Anonymous (12)
Director $500 - $999
Mr. & Mrs. Justin Abbott Mr. William L. Ackerman Ms. Joan Ambrogi Mr. & Mrs. Steve Ameen Mr. and Mrs. William L. Anderson Jr. Mrs. Roya Arfa Mr. & Mrs. Lowell Armstrong Dr. & Mrs. Roy Aruffo Corbin & Char Aslakson Ms. Erin S. Asprec Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Axelrod Mr. Richard Bado Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Baird Mr. & Mrs. David M. Balderston Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ball Ms. Anne Barrett Mr. A. Greer Barriault & Ms. Clarruth A. Seaton Ms. Bernice Beckerman Mr. Ricky R. Behrend Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd M. Bentsen III Mr. & Mrs. John Berger Mr. & Mrs. Philippe Berteaud Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Bickel Mrs. Ann M. Bixby Dr. William Black Jr., M.D. Mr. & Mrs. Jack S. Blanton Jr. Mrs. Noemi Blum-Howard Anne & Edward Bornet Bob Frank Boydston Mr. James Bragg Ms. Sally Brassow Mr. & Mrs. Jos C. Brown Fred & Judy Brunk Mrs. Shirley Burgher Robert Burleson Ms. Helen P. Burwell Mr. Carl Butler Mr. & Mrs. Joseph L. Campbell Mrs. H. E. Carrico Mr. Petros Carvounis Mr. & Mrs. John M. Cavanaugh Mr. & Mrs. E. Thomas Chaney Mr. & Mrs. David Chang Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Chapoton Ms. Anna Charlton Virginia A. Clark Jim R. & Lynn Coe Donna M. Collins Mr. H. Talbot Cooley Mr. William S. & Dr. Mary Alice Cowan Dr. Edward Cox Mr. & Mrs. T. N. Crook Dr. & Mrs. Lee Daniels Ms. Caroline Deetjen Mr. & Mrs. Rene Degreve Mr. Joseph A. Dellinger Ms. Diane DelSignore & Mr. Robert S. Strait Mr. & Mrs. Joseph C. Dilg Mr. Charles Dishman Elizabeth H. Duerr Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Dumestre John & Joyce Eagle Ms. Paula Eck Mildred & Richard Ellis Mr. & Mrs. Knut Eriksen Ms. Tanya Evanoff & Mr. Ed Spire Diane Lokey Farb Mrs. Kelli Fereday Mr. Stephen J. Folzenlogen Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Francisco Rachel Frazier Mrs. Cathy Friestch Mrs. Martha Garcia Mrs. Holly Garner Mr. & Mrs. Neil Gaynor Ms. Lucy Gebhart
Ms. Margaret Wendy Germani Mrs. Barbara Goedecke Mr. Glenn C. Goedecke Dr. John Gomez & Dr. Cora Mihu Ms. Elaine C. Gordon Dr. & Mrs. Harvey L. Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Mark Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Gottschalk Mr. Ned Graber Mr. & Mrs. Tony Gracely Mr. Garrett Graham Mr. & Mrs. Tim Graham Mr. George Green Dennis Griffith & Louise Richman Mr. & Mrs. Steve K. Grimsley Gaye Davis & Dennis B. Halpin Ms. Vickie Hamley Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Harbachick Michael D. Hardin Marion S. Hargrove Dr. & Mrs. William S. Harwell Thomas F. & Catherine Mary Hastings Dr. & Mrs. Robert N. Healy Mr. & Mrs. Frank L. Heard Jr. Sheila & Isaac Heimbinder Mr. & Mrs. Fred D. Herring Mr. & Mrs. W. Grady Hicks Mr. David Hoffman Dr. Matthew Horsfield & Dr. Michael Kauth Mr. David Houston Mr. & Mrs. Ted Hsieh Ms. Lee M. Huber Mr. & Mrs. Dean Huffman Ms. Rebecca Hutcheson Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth A. Jacobson Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Janicke Mr. Mark Johansson Ms. Sheila K. Johnstone Mr. Bill Jones Mrs. Jillian Jopling Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. Jordon Mr. & Mrs. Yoshi Kawashima Sam & Cele Keeper Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Keeton Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kelley Mr. John Kelsey & Ms. Gaye Davis Mr. & Mrs. Tom Kelsey Louise & Sherwin Kershman Mr. Ron Kesterson Ms. Malgosia Kloc Mr. & Mrs. William H. Knull III Mr. Dennis Kroeger Suzanne A. & Dan D. Kubin Mr. Vijay Kusnoor Ms. Adrienne Lang Dr. & Mrs. Shane Lanys Michael & Sharon Lewis Dr. & Dr. Richard A. Lewis Annie & Kenneth Li Mr. James C. Lindsey Dr. & Mrs. Kelly B. Lobley Renee & Michael Locklar Mr. Alberto Lozano Ms. Renee Margolin Ms. Diane Markesich & Mr. James Hamblet Ms. Faerie Marston Mr. Howard Martin Mr. & Mrs. Robert Martin Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Matiuk Mr. James G. Matthews Dr. & Mrs. Glen E. Mattingly Mr. & Mrs. Rod McAdams Mr. & Mrs. James McBride Lawrence McCullough & Linda Jean Quintanilla Mr. & Mrs. David R. McKeithan Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence McManus William E. Joor, III & Rose Ann Medlin Ms. Maria Carolina Mendoza Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Meneilly Mr. Ronald A. Mikita Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Herbert G. Mills Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Mireles Mr. Willis B. Mitchell John & Ann Montgomery Ms. Deborah Moran Mr. William R. Mowlam Daniel & Karol Musher Ms. Jennifer Naae Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Neumann
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Houston Symphony Donors Ms. Khanh Nguyen Mr. & Mrs. Rufus W. Oliver III Drs. M. & V. Orocofsky Mrs. Caroline Osteen Mr. & Mrs. Steven Owsley Ms. Martha Palmer Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Peropoulos Grace & Carroll Phillips Ms. Antoinette Post Mr. Robert W. Powell Kim & Ted A. Powell Mr. & Mrs. Gary Prentice Mr. William E. Pryor Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Pybus Jr. Elias & Carole Qumsieh Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ramirez Mr. & Mrs. Scott Ramsey Dr. Mike Ratliff Mr. & Mrs. William B. Rawl Dr. Alexander P. Remenchik & Ms. Frances Burford Mr. & Mrs. Norman T. Reynolds Ms. Rachaelle Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Walter Rhodes Mr. & Mrs. William C. Richter Mr. & Mrs. Claud D. Riddles Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Rinehart Kelly & David Rose
Mr. Autry W. Ross Mrs. Holly Rubbo Brenda & Mansel Rubenstein Mr. & Mrs. John Ryder Mr. Derek Salvino Mrs. Jennifer K. Salyer Mr. Charles King Sanders Ms. Cynthia Sanford Dr. & Mrs. David Sapire Ms. Stacey Saunders & Mr. Jeff Smith Mr. & Mrs. Eric Schaeffer Mr. & Mrs. Donald Schmuck Mr. David Schultz & Ms. Beth Stegle Jean & Robert Schwarz Dr. & Mrs. H. Irving Schweppe Jr. Ms. Donna Scott Charles & Andrea Seay Mr. & Mrs. Vic Shainock Mrs. Melissa Shaw Mr. & Mrs. Russell Sherrill Mr. Gary A. Smith & Mr. Jim Murdaugh Mr. Hilary Smith Mr. & Mrs. Tom Smith Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Smith Mr. & Mrs. William Smith Ms. Joyce Steensrud Mr. Ronald B. Stein Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Steinman
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Stenerson Dr. John R. Stroehlein & Ms. Miwa Sakashita Mr. Alan Stuckert Dr. & Mrs. David Sufian Mr. & Mrs. John F. Sullivan Ms. Bobbie Sumerlin Dr. & Mrs. Frank C. Sung Mrs. Louise Sutton Mr. Clifford A. Swanlund Jr. Ms. Barbara Swartz Dr. Jeffrey Sweterlitsch Ms. Carolyn Tanner Glenn & Cay Taylor Mr. Kerry Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Van Teeters Mr. John F. Terwilliger & Ms. Laura Codman Ms. Betsy Mims & Mr. Howard D. Thames Mr. & Mrs. M. Dale Tingleaf Mr. G. M. Tolunay David & Ann Tomatz Mr. & Mrs. Louis E. Toole Ms. Cathleen J. Trechter Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Tremant Mrs. Eliot P. Tucker Mr. & Mrs. D.E. Utecht
Mr. & Mrs. Jon P. Valfre Dr. & Mrs. Gage Van Horn Mr. Charles Veith Dean B. Walker Mr. & Mrs. Alton L. Warren Mr. Kenneth W. Warren Ms. Bryony Jane Welsh Mrs. Johannah Wilkenfeld Dr. Wayne Wilner Ms. Susan N. Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Wilson Miss Susan Wood Mr. & Mrs. Emil Wulfe Mr. Scott Wynant Anonymous (17)
Mr. & Mrs. Alan May Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Terry McGill Barnett & Diane McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joe T. McMillan Mr. Marvin McMurrey & Mrs. Martha Rocks Dr. & Mrs. Raghu Narayan Mr. & Mrs. Anthony G. Ogden Mrs. Kay M. Onstead Margaret & V. Scott Pignolet W. R. Purifoy Mr. & Mrs. John T. Riordan Soren and Annetta Rose Mr. Morris Rubin Dr. & Mr. Adrian D. Shelley Mr. Charles Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Thompson Ms. Virginia Torres Mr. Roger Trandell Ms. Jody Verwers Larry and Connie Wallace
Mr. Don E. Kingsley Ms. Amy Lacy Mr. and Mrs. Barry I. Levine Dr. & Mrs. James Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Roger Lindgren Mr. & Mrs. James D. Long Ms. Doris M. Magee Mr. and Mrs. Pat Mann Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McEvoy Mr. Michael McLaughlin Mr. James Miner Jim & Arlene Payne Dr. & Mrs. Albert E. Raizner Mrs. Pamela Royal Claudette & Tim Shaunty Mr. Michael Shawiak James C. Stanka Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Symko Mr. & Mrs. Eugene N. Tulich Mrs. Patricia Twining Mr. Gary Van Rooyan Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Venus Mr. & Mrs. Jaime Viancos Mr. & Mrs. Michael Villarreal Dr. & Mrs. William C. Watkins Anonymous (1)
As of April 1, 2013 To note any errors or omissions, please call Darryl de Mello at (713) 337-8529.
Houston Symphony Pops Donors Ima Hogg Society $150,000 or More Mr. George P. Mitchell
Grand Patron $2,500-$4,999
Allen & Almira Gelwick, Lockton Companies Susan & Dick Hansen Ms. Nancey Lobb Mr. Walter & Mrs. Maryjane Scherr David & Paula Steakley
Rita & Geoffrey Bayliss Dr. Christopher Buehler & Ms. Jill Hutchison Mr. & Mrs. Byron F. Dyer Mr. & Ms. Eric J. Gongre Mr. Robert Grant & Ms. Christine Romsdahl Marianne & Robert Ivany Rex & Marillyn King Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Mason Alice R. McPherson, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. Ben A. Reid Shirley & Marvin Rich Mr. & Mrs. William Thweatt Mr. & Mrs. William B. Welte III Sally & Denney Wright Anonymous (1)
Conductor’s Circle, Gold $10,000-$14,999
President’s Society $75,000 - $99,999 Mrs. Sybil F. Roos
Concertmaster’s Society $25,000-$49,999
Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Blackburne Jr.
Conductor’s Circle, Platinum $15,000-$24,999
Mr. & Mrs. Fred L. Gorman Dr. & Mrs. Paul M. Mann Ms. Judith Vincent Shirley & Joel Wahlberg
Conductor’s Circle, Silver $7,500-$9,999
Graham & Janet Baker Mr. & Mrs. Bert Cornelison Mrs. Gloria Pepper & Dr. Bernard Katz Paul & Rita Morico Roman & Sally Reed Mr. & Mrs. Ken N. Robertson Linda & Jerry Rubenstein Mr. & Mrs. Leland Tate
Conductor’s Circle, Bronze $5,000-$7,499
Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Bowman Marilyn Caplovitz Ms. Sara Jo Devine Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Hamaker Terry Murphree Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Nickson Mr. Robert J. Pilegge Jean & Allan Quiat Vicky & Michael Richker Mr. & Mrs. George A. Rizzo Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William K. Robbins Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. J. Emery Anderson Mrs. Nancy Bailey Stanley & Martha Bair Mr. John S. Beury Ellen Box Robert and Gwen Bray Ms. Barbara A. Brooks Mr. & Mrs. Bruce G. Buhler Mr. David Carrier Mr. William V. Conover Mr. & Mrs. Robert Creager Ms. Ann Currens Mr. & Mrs. James E. Dorsett Dr. Burdett S. & Mrs. Kathleen C.E. Dunbar Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fanning Mark Folkes & Christopher Johnston Ms. Jessica Ford Carol & Larry Fradkin Paula & Alfred Friedlander Mr. & Mrs. James K. Garner Mrs. Lillian Gaylor Mr. Evan B. Glick Julius & Suzan Glickman Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Hansen Mr. & Mrs. George A. Helland Michael & Darcy Krajewski Mr. & Mrs. Wilfred M. Krenek Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lang Mr. & Mrs. Robin Lease Mr. & Mrs. John Matzer Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Mawhinney Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Kingsley Agbor Rev. & Mrs. H. Eldon Akerman Ms. Suan Angelo Dr. & Mrs. William S. Banks III Ann B. Beaudette Mr. Allen J. Becker Ms. Suzie Boyd Mr. Billy Bray Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Cantrell Jr. Dr. Cecil Christensen Richard & Marcia Churns Mrs. Barbora Cole Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Colton Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Cook Mr. & Mrs. H. L. Coon Ms. Roseline Curran Mr. Warren Dean Amanda & Adam Dinitz Mr. & Mrs. George Dobbin Barbara Dokell Mr. & Mrs. Randy Dunn Mr. John Geigel Mr. & Mrs. L. Henry Gissell Jr. Mr. Garland Gray Mr. & Mrs. Dale Hardy Mr. & Mrs. Don Harrison Richard & Beverly Hickman Mr. & Mrs. John Homier Mr. & Mrs. Alex Howard Ms. Margy Keaton
As of April 1, 2013 To note any errors or omissions, please call Darryl de Mello at (713) 337-8529.
Houston Symphony Business Council Co-Chairs Ralph Burch, ConocoPhillips David Wuthrich, MARSH Private Client Prentiss Burt, J.P. Morgan Janet F. Clark, Marathon Oil Corporation Gene Dewhurst, Falcon Seaboard Mike Doherty, Frost Bank Allen Gelwick, Lockton Companies Roz Larkey, Cameron International Corporation Steven P. Mach, Mach Industrial Group, LP Billy McCartney, Vitol Inc. (retired)
Paul Morico, Baker Botts L.L.P. Robert A. Peiser, Imperial Sugar Company (retired) Geoffroy Petit, TOTAL David Pruner, Wood Mackenzie Ltd. John Rydman, Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods Manolo Sanchez, BBVA Compass
Jerome Simon, Northern Trust Bobby Tudor, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company Jesse Tutor, Accenture (retired) Margaret Waisman, Affiliated Dermatologists of Houston Fredric Weber, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Corporations As of April 1, 2013
$100,000 and above
BBVA Compass ConocoPhillips The Methodist Hospital System Spec’s Charitable Foundation * United Airlines $50,000-$99,999
American Express Philanthropic Program * Baker Botts L.L.P. Cameron International Corporation Cameron Management Chevron ExxonMobil Frost Bank GDF SUEZ Energy North America Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo * Jackson and Company JPMorgan Chase Marathon Oil Corporation * Neiman Marcus Rose Hill Meadows Corporation Shell Oil Company * Todd Events TOTAL
* Aztec Bank of America The Boeing Company * Bright Star * Christofle Chubb Group of Insurance Companies * Darryl & Co. Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. * Houston Chronicle KPMG LLP Memorial Hermann Health System * PaperCity The Rand Group, LLC * Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods Vinson & Elkins LLP Wells Fargo
Amegy Bank of Texas Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Avalon Advisors, LLC Bank of Houston Bank of Texas Beck Redden LLP Bisso Marine Co., Inc. Bracewell & Giuliani LLP CenterPoint Energy Cooper Industries, Inc. * Crown Castle International Corp. Enbridge Energy Company Ernst & Young Halliburton H-E-B Locke Lord LLP Lockton Companies of Houston Macy’s / Macy’s Foundation Merrill Lynch Private Bank & Investment Group MetroBank, N.A.
Northern Trust Palmetto Partners, Ltd. Regions Bank SPIR STAR, Ltd. Star Furniture UBS USI Insurance Services LLC $5,000-$9,999 Bloomberg, L.L.P. Michem International, Inc. New Era Life Insurance Randalls Food Markets, Inc. Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc. Salient Partners Spectra Energy Stewart Title Company Swift Energy Company Gifts below $4,999
Air Liquide American Corporation Boulware & Valoir EOG Resources, Inc. GEM Insurance Agencies Geste LLC Gulf Marine Product Co., Ltd JaPage Partnership La Esperanza Oil & Gas, LLC / La Esperanza Christian Foundation Louis Vuitton Martha Turner Properties SEI, Global Institutional Group Smith, Graham & Company Williams Companies, Inc. Wolff & Associates, Inc.
* Contribution includes in-kind support
Corporate Matching Gifts As of April 1, 2013 Aetna Apache Corporation Bank of America BBVA Compass Boeing BP Foundation
Caterpillar Chevron Chubb Group Coca-Cola ConocoPhillips Eli Lilly and Company ExxonMobil
General Electric General Mills Goldman, Sachs & Company Halliburton Hewlett-Packard Houston Endowment IBM
ING Financial Services Corporation KBR Merrill Lynch NAACO Industries, Inc. Neiman Marcus Northern Trust
Occidental Petroleum Shell Oil Company Spectra Energy Williams Companies, Inc.
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LEGACY SOCIETY The Legacy Society honors those who have included the Houston Symphony in their long-term estate plans through bequests, life-income gifts or other deferred-giving arrangements. Members of the Legacy Society enjoy a variety of benefits, including an annual musical event. The Houston Symphony would like to extend its deepest thanks to the members of the Legacy Society—and with their permission, we are pleased to acknowledge them below. If you would like to learn more about ways to provide for the Houston Symphony in your estate plans, please contact Mark Folkes, Director of Individual Giving & Major Gifts, at (713) 337-8251 or email@example.com. Janice H. Barrow George & Betty Bashen Dorothy B. Black Ermy Borlenghi Bonfield Ronald C. Borschow Joe Brazzatti Zu Broadwater Terry Ann Brown Dr. Joan K. Bruchas & H. Philip Cowdin Eugene R. Bruns Sylvia J. Carroll Janet F. Clark William J. Clayton & Margaret A. Hughes Mr. William E. Colburn Leslie Barry Davidson Harrison R. T. Davis Judge & Mrs. Harold DeMoss Jr. Jean & sJack Ellis The Aubrey and Sylvia Farb Family Eugene Fong Ginny Garrett Michael B. George Stephen & Mariglyn Glenn Mr. & Mrs. Keith E. Gott Randolph Lee Groninger
Mrs. Gloria Herman Marilyn & Robert M. Hermance Dr. Gary L. Hollingsworth Dr. Edward J. & Mrs. Patti Hurwitz Kenneth Hyde Mr. Brian James Drs. Rita & Blair Justice Dr. & Mrs. Ira Kaufman, M.D. John S. W. Kellett Ann Kennedy & Geoffrey Walker Dr. & Mrs. I. Ray Kirk Mr. & Mrs. Ulyesse LeGrange Mrs. Frances E. Leland Dr. Mary R. Lewis E. W. Long Jr. Sandra Magers Rodney H. Margolis Mr. & Mrs. Jay Marks James Matthews Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Mazow Mr. & Mrs. Gene McDavid Charles E. McKerley Mr. & Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan Miss Catherine Jane Merchant Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Mihalo
Ron Mikita Katherine Taylor Mize Ione Moran Sidney Moran Sue A. Morrison and Children Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Moynihan Gretchen Anne Myers Bobbie & Arthur Newman John & Leslie Niemand Dave B. Nussmann Edward C. Osterberg Jr. Joan D. Osterweil Imogen “Immy” Papadopoulos Sara M. Peterson Geraldine S. Priest Daniel F. Prosser Gloria & Joe Pryzant Mrs. Dana Puddy Walter M. Ross Mr. & Mrs. Michael B. Sandeen Charles K. Sanders Charles King Sanders Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Seay II Mr. & Mrs. James A. Shaffer Dr. & Mrs. Kazuo Shimada
Jule & Albert Smith Mr. & Mrs. Louis J. Snyder Mike & sAnita Stude Emily H. & David K. Terry Stephen G. Tipps Steve Tostengard, in memory of Ardyce Tostengard Mr. & Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor Dr. Carlos Vallbona & Children Margaret Waisman, M.D. & Steven S. Callahan, Ph.D. David M. Wax & Elaine Arden Cali Robert G. Weiner Vicki West, in honor of Hans Graf Geoffrey Westergaard Jennifer R. Wittman Mr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Woods Mr. & Mrs. David Wuthrich Anonymous (9) As of April 1, 2013 sDeceased
IN MEMORIAM We honor the memory of those who in life included the Houston Symphony in their estate plans. Their thoughtfulness and generosity will continue to inspire and enrich lives for generations to come! Mr. Thomas D. Barrow W. P. Beard Mrs. H. Raymond Brannon Anthony Brigandi Lawrence E. Carlton, M.D. Mrs. Albert V. Caselli Lee Allen Clark Jack Ellis Mrs. Robin A. Elverson Frank R. Eyler
Helen Bess Fariss Foster Christine E. George Mrs. Marcella Levine Harris General & Mrs. Maurice Hirsch Miss Ima Hogg Burke & Octavia Holman Mrs. L. F. McCollum Joan B. McKerley Monroe L. Mendelsohn Jr. Mrs. Janet Moynihan
Constantine S. Nicandros Hanni Orton Stewart Orton, Legacy Society co-founder Dr. Michael Papadopoulos Miss Louise Pearl Perkins Mr. Howard Pieper Walter W. Sapp, Legacy Society co-founder J. Fred & Alma Laws Lunsford Schultz
Ms. Jean R. Sides John K. & Fanny W. Stone Dorothy Barton Thomas Mrs. Harry C. Wiess Mrs. Edward Wilkerson
CHORUS ENDOWMENT DONORS $500 or more As of April 1, 2013
Erin Asprec Paul & Vickie Davis Steve Dukes
Robert Lee Gomez Ken Mathews Bryan & Vickie McMicken Dave B. Nussmann
Nina & Peter Peropoulos Jennifer Klein Salyer Susan Scarrow Beth Anne Weidler & Stephen M. James
Pam & Jim Wilhite Anonymous (1)
DLG Research & Marketing Solutions Elaine Turner Designs Elegant Events by Michael Festari Foster Quan LLP Gucci H.E.B. Hilton Americas – Houston Hotel Granduca Hotel Icon Houston Astros Houston Chronicle Houston Grand Opera Houston Texans Intercontinental Hotel Houston
Jackson and Company JOHANNUS Organs of Texas John L. Wortham & Son, L.P. John Wright/Textprint The Lancaster Hotel Limb Design Martha Turner Properties Meera Buck & Associates Minuteman Press – Post Oak Momentum Jaguar Music & Arts Neiman Marcus New Leaf Publishing, Inc. Nos Caves Vin PaperCity Pro/Sound
Rice University Saint Arnold’s Brewery Shecky’s Media, Inc. Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods Staging Solutions Stewart Title Todd Events Tony’s Tootsies United Airlines Valobra Jewlery & Antiques VISION Production Group Yahama
IN KIND DONORS As of April 1, 2013
A Fare Extraordinaire Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design Aztec Baker Botts L.L.P. Bergner & Johnson BKD, LLP Boat Ranch Bright Star Christofle Classical 91.7 FM Cognetic Culinaire Mr. Carl R. Cunningham Darryl & Co.
FOUNDATIONS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES As of April 1, 2013
$1,000,000 & above
Houston Endowment Houston Symphony Endowment Houston Symphony League The Wortham Foundation, Inc. $500,000-$999,999 The Brown Foundation, Inc. City of Houston and Theater District Improvement, Inc. The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts $100,000-$499,999
Albert & Margaret Alkek Foundation M.D. Anderson Foundation City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board The Cullen Foundation The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation / Palmetto Partners Ltd. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation
John P. McGovern Foundation Ray C. Fish Foundation $25,000-$49,999
Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation The Humphreys Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Sterling-Turner Foundation
$10,000-$24,999 Bauer Family Foundation Carleen & Alde Fridge Foundation The Melbern G. & Susanne M. Glasscock Foundation George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Houston Symphony League Bay Area Jack S. & Donna P. Josey Foundation Alvin & Lucy Owsley Foundation The Powell Foundation Radoff Family Foundation Vivian L. Smith Foundation The Schissler Foundation Vaughn Foundation
LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation William E. & Natoma Pyle Harvey Charitable Trust The Hood-Barrow Foundation Leon Jaworski Foundation William S. & Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation Robert W. & Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation Lubrizol Foundation Mithoff Family Foundation Kinder Morgan Foundation Lynne Murray, Sr. Educational Foundation Nightingale Code Foundation Keith & Mattie Stevenson Foundation Strake Foundation Texas Commission on the Arts $1,000-$2,499 Diamond Family Foundation The Mary & Thomas Graselli Endowment Foundation The Helmle-Shaw Foundation Huffington Foundation The Lilian Kaiser Lewis Foundation The Oshman Foundation State Employee Charitable Campaign
BIOGRAPHIES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 | SPANISH MASTERS—RODRIGO & FALLA | APRIL 5-7 nesota, Rotterdam and St. Louis. Kalmar is highly regarded as a conductor of opera. During his wide-ranging operatic career, he has been invited to the Hamburg State Opera, the Vienna State Opera (The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte), Zurich Opera House (Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Brussels’ La Monnaie (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Vienna Volksoper (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Frankfurt (Die Fledermaus), Weimar (Rigoletto) and the Aix-en-Provence and Carinthischer Summer Festivals. He regularly programs opera in concert and oratorio with his orchestras in Portland, Chicago and Madrid. His Cedille Records CDs include recordings of works by Joachim and Brahms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. For the Hyperion label, he has recorded concertos by Dohnányi, Enescu and D’Albert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and cellist Alban Gerhardt. Carlos Kalmar was born in Uruguay to Austrian parents. He showed an early interest in music and began violin studies at age 6. By the time he was 15, his musical promise was such that his family moved back to Austria in order for him to study conducting with Karl Österreicher at the Vienna Academy of Music. Before moving to Portland, he served as music director for the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Vienna’s Tonkünstler-Orchester and the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Germany.
PABLO SÁINZ VILLEGAS, guitar Pablo Sáinz Villegas is hailed by critics as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. Following his debut performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez with the New York Philharmonic and with the San Francisco Symphony, he continues to perform around the world, becoming a natural ambassador of Spanish culture. A supporter of new repertoire for guitar, he performed the world premiere of Rounds, the first guitar piece to have been written by composer John Williams. His “beautifully rounded guitar tone” and “soulful rendition”
(The New York Times) has made him one of the most sought-after soloists. This season includes engagements with the New York Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Lyon, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Copenhagen Philharmonic and tours in Germany, France and Japan. He has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival. Along with fellow Spaniard Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, he has shared the stage with renowned conductors such as Carlos Kalmar, Juanjo Mena, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Alondra de la Parra. He has performed for the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Spain. Sáinz Villegas is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including “El Ojo Critico” making him the first guitarist to win Spain’s top classical music honor. Prior to winning the famed Parkening International Guitar Competition, he had already received more than 30 international awards, including prizes at the Francisco Tárrega and the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition at age 15. Known for his outreach programs, Sáinz Villegas is the founder of “The Music Without Borders Legacy,” a program that seeks to bridge communities across cultural, social and political borders for the benefit of children and youth; more than 10,000 children have been served. Pablo Sáinz Villegas was born in La Rioja, Spain and is currently based in New York City. April 2013 39
BACKSTAGE PASS Rita and Paul Morico, musician sponsors
Elise Wagner, bassoon (since 2008)
First became involved with the Houston Symphony: Rita—I was a marketing intern at Jones Hall. That internship sparked my interest in performing arts administration, which led me to New York City for graduate school. Carnegie Hall hired me as a publicist, and I had the pleasure of promoting the Houston Symphony’s appearance during the hall’s centennial season.
Birthplace and Education: Monroe, Wisconsin. Studied with Daniel Matsukawa, Temple University, BM; studied with Nancy Goeres, Carnegie Mellon University, MM
Paul—In 2008, I served on the marketing committee of the Board, and since 2010, I have served as General Counsel, a position that my law firm, Baker Botts, has supported since 1913. Earliest musical memory: Rita—At age 6, I remember attending a Houston Symphony July 4th concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre and being mesmerized by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Beginnings: I started playing the bassoon in 5th grade. All in the family: My mom was my first bassoon teacher; she taught elementary music for 25 years. My aunt, Nancy Goeres, is the principal bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. My brother earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in trumpet performance and is a member of the Young Blood Brass Band. My dad, who played tuba in his high school marching band, is a wonderful supporter of music!
Career inspiration: Growing up in a family where playing an instrument was a requirement, music has always been a Paul Morico, Elise Wagner, Rita Morico major part of my life. Everyone assumed We can’t wait for: Opening Night of the Centennial Season. Our I would major in music in college. My freshmen year was my miniexcitement is reminiscent of what we felt during the Centennial rebellion. Although I was on a full tuition scholarship for bassoon, I Season of Carnegie Hall. did not declare a major. I was taking lessons and playing in ensembles, but I also enrolled in chemistry, advanced math and archaeHouston Symphony significance: The Houston Symphony has ology. One semester of chemistry and math ended my rebellion. I great meaning for us because we probably wouldn’t have met each couldn’t fight it; music has and was always going to be what I did for other had it not been for Symphony executives encouraging Rita to the rest of my life. study in New York. Houston, like New York, is a world-class city because of great art organizations like the Houston Symphony. Best thing about being a musician: When I go to work, it doesn’t feel like a job. I’m doing what I love—playing music. I don’t think it Favorite part of the Symphony experience: We love attending concan get much better than that! certs because we can sit back and relax and let the music take us on an emotional journey. It is pure joy to see and hear the talented Current listening: Snoop Dogg on my iPod and Schumann musicians of the Symphony. There’s nothing like the experience of Symphony No. 4 is in my car. a live symphonic concert. We often find ourselves leaving concerts singing or humming a piece of music we heard during the perforMost difficult aspect of my instrument: Two words...REED MAKING!!! mance. It’s a wonderful way to spend an evening. Meeting my sponsors: I met my sponsors in January, and I was Meeting our musician: We first met Elise several months ago at a happy to discover that their son had just begun to learn how to play lunch for musicians and their sponsors, and we are really looking the bassoon. I’m looking forward to meeting him and helping him forward to getting to know her more. It is very east to have a converlearn this difficult instrument. sation with Elise. She is so approachable and down-to-earth. She took a genuine interest in our family, and we discovered several Notable career moment: I won my job on May 14, 2008—my mom’s things in common. Being Elise’s sponsor has special meaning to birthday. She really enjoyed that year’s birthday call from me! us because of our youngest son’s interest in the bassoon. He was so excited to learn that we would be paired up with Elise, and he’s Hobbies & interests: I love doing anything outdoors. In the past hoping to learn how to make reeds from her! week, I have gone trail running in Memorial Park and road biking at Terry Hershey Park. I recently went running along the bay in Becoming a musician sponsor: We became musician sponsors to Seattle, WA, when I was visiting my boyfriend, Demarre McGill, who share a deeper connection with the Symphony. We believe it also is the principal flutist of the Seattle Symphony. When I have free makes the musicians feel more connected to the community and time, I spend it in Seattle. We also spend the summers playing that their talent is really appreciated. together at the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. Paul—In middle school, my family took me to a summer classical musical series, which inspired me to study piano.