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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi—in Concert March 4, 5 & 6 ������������������������������������������������������������������ 14 Rachmaninoff’s Second March 11, 12 & 13 ����������������������������������������������������������� 16 Andrés Fest: A Symphonic Celebration March 18, 19, 20, 26 & 27 ��������������������������������������������24

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Since the opening of Jones Hall in 1966, millions of arts patrons have enjoyed countless musical and stage performances at the venue. Dominating an entire city block, Jones Hall features a stunning travertine marble facade, sixty-six foot ceilings, and a brilliantly lit grand entrance. Jones Hall is a monument to the memory of Jesse Holman Jones, a towering figure in Houston during the first half of the 20th century.

For Classical concerts, if a work has several movements it is traditional to hold applause until the end of the last movement. If you are unsure when a piece ends, check the program or wait for the conductor to face the audience. If you feel truly inspired, however, do not be afraid to applaud! Brief applause between movements after an exceptional performance is always appreciated.

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FOOD & DRINK POLICY Encore Café offers a selection of prepackaged food options, and wine, beer, and mixed drinks are available at bars throughout the lobby. Please note that, in accordance with current safety plans, food and drinks are prohibited in the auditorium for all performances. Patrons may unmask while eating or drinking in bar areas only.

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Energy, elegance, and spirit—that is what particularly distinguishes Andrés Orozco-Estrada as a musician. Since the 2020–21 Season, he has brought these strengths to bear as principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has been Music Director of the Houston Symphony since the 2014–15 Season, and after eight outstanding years, the 2021–22 Season will be his last as Music Director. Orozco-Estrada was principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra from September 2014 to July 2021 and said goodbye in June 2021 with a major concert at the Alte Oper, about which the Frankfurter Rundschau wrote: "The image of a balance of human impeccability, communicative passion, and the highest professionalism emerged. It is precisely the combination of dancelike playfulness and an unconditional search for perfection that obviously distinguishes the Colombian's work." Orozco-Estrada regularly conducts Europe's leading orchestras, 6 | Houston Symphony

including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Orchestre National de France, as well as major U.S. orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also conducted concerts and opera performances at the Berlin State Opera and the Salzburg Festival with outstanding success. In the 2021–22 Season, he tours with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for the first time in Austria, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, he conducts a new production with his orchestra at the Theater an der Wien and takes the podium at the open-air concert in the Museumsquartier. Orozco-Estrada also appears with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where he conducted the New Year's Concert 2021–22 and a revival of Tosca, as well as with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai. Also this season, he tours with the Filarmonica della Scala to Bucharest, the Grafenegg Festival, and to the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival, where the orchestra will open the festival under his direction, accompanied by a TV broadcast. Orozco-Estrada is particularly committed to new concert and media formats, as well as premieres of young composers. The inaugural concert with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra featured the world premiere of a commissioned composition

by Dutch composer Carlijn Metselaar. Another world premiere of a work by the Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud follows in 2022. The Wiener Symphoniker Youth Talent also recently celebrated its premiere. There will be another Wiener Symphoniker Youth Talent in June 2022. Working with young musicians is very close to his heart, and in 2019 he went on tour in Europe with the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, of which he has been principal conductor since 2021. Since November 2018, Orozco-Estrada has also been principal conductor of the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra of the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, Spain. He will tour Europe with both orchestras in the 2021–22 Season. His CD releases on the Pentatone label have received much attention: with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, he made recordings of Stravinsky's Firebird and Rite of Spring, which were praised by critics as "hauntingly beautiful" (Gramophone). His concert recordings of Richard Strauss's operas Salome and Elektra have also enjoyed great success. With the Houston Symphony, he released a “zestful” Dvořák cycle “with warm colours” (Pizzicato). He has also recorded all Brahms and Mendelssohn symphonies. Born in Medellín (Colombia), Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical education by playing the violin, receiving his first conducting lessons at age 15. In 1997, he moved to Vienna, where he was accepted into the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, a student of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. OrozcoEstrada lives in Vienna. InTUNE — March 2022 | 7


ORCHESTRA Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Juraj Valčuha Music Director Designate Steven Reineke Principal POPS Conductor Robert Franz Associate Conductor Yue Bao Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Assistant Conductor Betsy Cook Weber Director, Houston Symphony Chorus

FIRST VIOLIN Yoonshin Song, Concertmaster Max Levine Chair Eric Halen, Co-Concertmaster Ellen E. Kelley Chair Qi Ming, Assistant Concertmaster Fondren Foundation Chair Marina Brubaker Tong Yan MiHee Chung Sophia Silivos Rodica Gonzalez Ferenc Illenyi Si-Yang Lao Kurt Johnson Christopher Neal Sergei Galperin

VIOLA Joan DerHovsepian, Acting Principal Wei Jiang, Acting Associate Principal George Pascal*, Assistant Principal Sheldon Person Fay Shapiro Phyllis Herdliska

Music Director Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair

SECOND VIOLIN MuChen Hsieh, Principal Amy Semes, Associate Principal Annie Kuan-Yu Chen Mihaela Frusina Jing Zheng Martha Chapman Tianjie Lu Anastasia Ehrlich Tina Zhang Boson Mo COMMUNITY-EMBEDDED MUSICIANS David Connor, double bass Rainel Joubert, violin


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CELLO Brinton Averil Smith, Principal Janice and Thomas Barrow Chair Christopher French, Associate Principal Anthony Kitai Louis-Marie Fardet Jeffrey Butler Maki Kubota Xiao Wong Charles Seo Jeremy Kreutz DOUBLE BASS Robin Kesselman, Principal Timothy Dilenschneider, Associate Principal Mark Shapiro Eric Larson Andrew Pedersen Burke Shaw Donald Howey


Stefan Stout, Stage Manager José Rios, Assistant Stage Manager Nicholas DiFonzo, Justin Herriford, Armando Rodriguez, Stage Technicians Giancarlo Minotti, Recording Assistant

FLUTE Aralee Dorough, Principal General Maurice Hirsch Chair Matthew Roitstein, Associate Principal Judy Dines Kathryn Ladner PICCOLO Kathryn Ladner OBOE Jonathan Fischer, Principal Lucy Binyon Stude Chair Anne Leek, Associate Principal Colin Gatwood Adam Dinitz ENGLISH HORN Adam Dinitz CLARINET Mark Nuccio, Principal Thomas LeGrand, Associate Principal Christian Schubert Alexander Potiomkin E-FLAT CLARINET Thomas LeGrand BASS CLARINET Alexander Potiomkin Tassie and Constantine S. Nicandros Chair BASSOON Rian Craypo, Principal Issac Schultz, Associate Principal Elise Wagner Adam Trussell CONTRABASSOON Adam Trussell

HORN William VerMeulen, Principal Mr. and Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan Endowed Chair Robert Johnson, Associate Principal Brian Thomas Nancy Goodearl Ian Mayton TRUMPET Mark Hughes, Principal George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Chair John Parker, Associate Principal Robert Walp, Assistant Principal Richard Harris TROMBONE Bradley White, Acting Principal Phillip Freeman BASS TROMBONE Phillip Freeman TUBA Dave Kirk, Principal TIMPANI Leonardo Soto, Principal Matthew Strauss, Associate Principal PERCUSSION Brian Del Signore, Principal Mark Griffith Matthew Strauss HARP Megan Conley, Principal KEYBOARD Scott Holshouser, Principal LIBRARIAN Thomas Takaro *on leave

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2021–22 SEASON


Executive Committee John Rydman President Steven P. Mach Chairman

Janet F. Clark Immediate Past President Mike S. Stude Chairman Emeritus Paul Morico General Counsel

Barbara McCelvey Secretary John Mangum^ Executive Director/CEO Margaret Alkek Williams Chair

Barbara J. Burger Chair, Finance Brad W. Corson Chair, Governance & Leadership Evan B. Glick Chair, Popular Programming Lidiya Gold Co-Chair, Development Sippi Khurana Chair, Education Mary Lynn Marks Chair, Volunteers & Special Events Robert Orr Chair, Strategic Planning

Leslie Siller^ President, Houston Symphony League Manuel Delgado Chair, Marketing & Communications Ed Schneider Chair, Community Partnerships Miles O. Smith Chair, Artistic & Orchestra Affairs William J. Toomey II^ President, Houston Symphony Endowment Bobby Tudor^ Immediate Past Chairman

Jesse B. Tutor Chair, Audit Andrés Orozco-Estrada^ Music Director Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair Joan DerHovsepian^ Musician Representative Mark Hughes^ Musician Representative Mark Nuccio^ Musician Representative Kathryn Ladner^ Musician Representative Katie Salvatore^ Assistant Secretary ^Ex-Officio

GOVERNING DIRECTORS Marcia Backus Gary Beauchamp Tony Bradfield Bill Bullock Barbara J. Burger Terry Cheyney Janet F. Clark Lidiya Gold William Dee Hunt Rick Jaramillo Sippi Khurana, M.D. Carey Kirkpatrick Kenny Kurtzman Rochelle Levit, Ph.D.

Cora Sue Mach ** Steven P. Mach Rodney Margolis** Jay Marks ** Mary Lynn Marks Billy McCartney Barbara McCelvey Paul R. Morico Robert Orr Chris Powers John Rydman** Miles O. Smith Quentin Smith Anthony Speier

William J. Toomey II Bobby Tudor ** Betty Tutor ** Jesse B. Tutor ** Judith Vincent Gretchen Watkins Robert Weiner Margaret Alkek Williams **

Ex-Officio Brad W. Corson Manuel Delgado Joan DerHovsepian Evan B. Glick Mark Hughes Kathryn Ladner John Mangum Mark Nuccio Andrés Orozco-Estrada Katie Salvatore Ed Schneider Leslie Siller


Steven P. Mach

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Barbara McCelvey

Robert Orr

TRUSTEES Jonathan Ayre Janice Barrow ** David J. Beck James M. Bell Jr. Devinder Bhatia, M.D. Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl Nancy Shelton Bratic Terry Ann Brown** Eric Brueggeman Ralph Burch Dougal Cameron John T. Cater** Michael H. Clark Virginia Clark Evan D. Collins, M.D., MBA Brad W. Corson Andrew Davis, Ph.D. Denise Davis Manuel Delgado Tracy Dieterich Bob Duff Joan Duff Jeffrey B. Firestone Eugene A. Fong Aggie L. Foster Julia Anderson Frankel

Ronald G. Franklin Evan B. Glick Gary L. Hollingsworth Stephen Incavo, M.D. Brian James I. Ray Kirk, M.D. David Krieger Andrew Go Lee, M.D. Ulyesse J. LeGrange** Matthew Loden Carlos J. López Michael Mann, M.D. Jack Matzer Jackie Wolens Mazow Alexander K. McLanahan** Marilyn Miles Shane A. Miller Aprill Nelson Tammy Tran Nguyen Leslie Nossaman Scott Nyquist Edward Osterberg Jr. David Pruner Gloria G. Pryzant Miwa Sakashita Manolo Sánchez

Ed Schneider Christian Schwartz Dilanka Seimon Helen Shaffer** Robert B. Sloan, D.D., Theol. Jim R. Smith Mike S. Stude ** Ishwaria Subbiah, M.D. L. Proctor (Terry) Thomas III Shirley W. Toomim Margaret Waisman, M.D. Fredric A. Weber Mrs. S. Conrad Weil Vicki West Steven J. Williams Frank Wilson David J. Wuthrich Ellen A. Yarrell Robert Yekovich Ex-Officio John S. Cisneros Kusum Patel Jessie Woods **Lifetime Trustee

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. 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 Robert A. Peiser Steven P. Mach Janet F. Clark

PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY LEAGUE Miss Ima Hogg Mrs. John F. Grant Mrs. J. R. Parten Mrs. Andrew E. Rutter Mrs. Aubrey Leno Carter Mrs. Stuart Sherar Mrs. Julian Barrows Ms. Hazel Ledbetter Mrs. Albert P. Jones Mrs. Ben A. Calhoun Mrs. James Griffith Lawhon Mrs. Olaf LaCour 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 W. Carruth Mrs. David Hannah Jr.

Mary Louis Kister Mrs. Edward W. Kelley Jr. Mrs. John W. Herndon 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 Jansen Nancy B. Willerson Jane Clark Nancy Littlejohn Donna Shen Dr. Susan Snider Osterberg Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein Vicki West Mrs. Jesse Tutor Darlene Clark Beth Wolff Maureen Higdon Fran Fawcett Peterson

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ADMINISTRATIVE SENIOR MANAGEMENT GROUP John Mangum, Executive Director/CEO, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair Pam Blaine, Chief of Education and Community Engagement Elizabeth S. Condic, Chief Financial Officer Vicky Dominguez, Chief Operating Officer Nancy Giles, Chief Development Officer Gwen Watkins, Chief Marketing Officer

DEVELOPMENT Alex de Aguiar Reuter, Senior Associate, Endowment and Administration Timothy Dillow, Director, Corporate Relations Amanda T. Dinitz, Major Gifts Officer Zitlaly Jimenez, Annual Fund Manager Erika Jordan, Director, Individual Giving Maddy Morris, Development Associate, Institutional Giving Katie Salvatore, Development Officer and Board Liaison Martin Schleuse, Senior Manager, Development Communications Samantha Sheats, Major Gifts Officer Ikayani Soemampauw, Development Associate, Gifts & Records Lena Streetman, Research Analyst Stacey Swift, Director, Special Events Christina Trunzo, Director, Foundation Relations Natalie Wheeler, Development Officer EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Allison Conlan, Director, Education Rovion Reed, Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement FINANCE | ADMINISTRATION | IT | HR Jose Arriaga, Junior System Administrator Kimberly Cegielski, Staff Accountant Richard Jackson, Database Administrator Joel James, Director of Human Resources Tanya Lovetro, Director of Budgeting and Financial Reporting Morgana Rickard, Controller

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Gabriela Rivera, Senior Accountant Ariela Ventura, Office Manager/Human Resources Coordinator Lee Whatley, Senior Director, IT and Analytics MARKETING | COMMUNICATIONS | PATRON SERVICES Mark Bailes, Marketing Revenue Manager Heather Fails, Manager, Ticketing Database Kathryn Judd, Director, Marketing Yen Le, Junior Graphic Designer Freddie Piegsa, Front of House Coordinator John B. Pollard II, Assistant Manager, Patron Services Vanessa Rivera, Digital Marketing Manager Eric Skelly, Senior Director, Communications Paula Wilson, Digital Marketing Coordinator Jenny Zuniga, Director, Patron Services

OPERATIONS | ARTISTIC Lila Atchison, Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager Carlos Andrés Botero, Musical Ambassador Becky Brown, Director, Operations Luke Bryson, Assistant Librarian Stephanie Calascione, Artistic Operations Manager Michael Gorman, Orchestra Personnel Manager Brian Miller, Chorus Manager Lauren Moore, Associate Director of Digital Concert Production José Rios, Assistant Stage Manager Lesley Sabol, Director, Popular Programming Brad Sayles, Senior Recording Engineer Stefan Stout, Stage Manager Meredith Williams, Associate Director, Operations Rebecca Zabinski, Director, Artistic Planning

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8:00 p.m.

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March 5

2:30 & 8:00 p.m.

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March 6

2:30 p.m.

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Brett Mitchell, conductor

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Program BIOS Brett Mitchell | conductor Brett Mitchell returns to Houston after serving as Assistant Conductor of this orchestra from 2007 to 2011. In that role, he conducted more than 100 performances. Hailed for delivering compelling performances of innovative, eclectic programs, he was named the fourth music director of the Colorado Symphony in 2016. He served as the orchestra’s music director designate during the 201617 season and concluded his four-year appointment in June 2021. Brett served as associate conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra until 2017. He joined the orchestra as assistant conductor in 2013. When he was promoted to associate in 2015, he became the orchestra’s first associate conductor in more than three decades and the fifth in its 98-year history. He also served as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO), which he led on a four-city tour of China, marking the ensemble's second international tour and its first to Asia. In 2019, he returned to The Cleveland Orchestra to lead subscription performances of the movie An American in PARIS and in 2021 to conduct the orchestra in two concerts at the Blossom Music Festival. As well as his work in Cleveland and Denver, Brett is in consistent demand as a guest conductor from America to New Zealand. In addition to Houston, Brett has held assistant conductor posts with the Orchestre National de France and at the Castleton Festival. In 2015, he completed a highly successful five-year tenure as music director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor, he has conducted nearly a dozen productions, principally during his tenure as music director of the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center. Born in Seattle in 1979, Brett holds degrees in conducting from the University of Texas in Austin and composition from Western Washington University, which selected him as its 2014 Young Alumnus of the Year. He studied at the National Conducting Institute and was selected by Kurt Masur as a recipient of the inaugural American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation Scholarship. He was also one of five recipients of the League of American Orchestras’ American Conducting Fellowship Program from 2007 to 2010. InTUNE — March 2022 | 15



March 11

8:00 p.m.

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March 12

8:00 p.m.

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March 13

2:30 p.m.

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Lionel Bringuier, conductor Matthew Roitstein, alto flute Megan Conley, harp


Má vlast (My Fatherland) 2. Vltava (The Moldau): Allegro commondo non agitato


Toward the Sea II 1. The Night: Senza misura 2. Moby Dick: = 60-72 3. Cape Cod: = 85



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Symphony No. 2 I. Largo—Allegro moderato II. Allegro molto III. Adagio IV. Allegro vivace


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Má vlast (My Fatherland): 2. Vltava (The Moldau) Bedřich Smetana, composer (1824 – 1884) •

Bedřich Smetana was a Czech composer, often recognized as a founding father of Czech music due to the patriotic nature of his compositions. Smetana often incorporated elements of Czech history and folk music into his compositions and was one of the first Czech composers to earn international recognition.

Má vlast is a suite of six symphonic poems which Smetana composed between 1874 and 1879, in the last years of his life. Although venereal disease had rendered Smetana completely deaf by the time he began composing his suite, his composition became renowned both within his home country and abroad, where it received much acclaim.

Smetana wrote Má vlast as a tribute to his homeland of Bohemia, with each movement depicting a different location or event in Czech history. The second movement of Smetana’s symphonic suite, “Vltava” (in German: Moldau), is the most famous, and follows the Moldau River as it winds through Bohemia. In notes left by the composer, he describes it as follows:

“Two springs gush forth in the shade of the Bohemian Forest, the one warm and swift flowing, the other cool and tranquil. Their waters join and rush joyously down the rocky bed, glistening in the light of the morning sun. The hurrying forest brook becomes the River Moldau, which flows across the land of Bohemia, widening as it goes. Passing through dark forests, the sounds of the hunter’s horn are heard ever nearer. Through meadowlands it passes where a wedding feast is being celebrated by peasants with song and dance. At night, water nymphs play in its gleaming depths in which are reflected fortresses and castles from the glorious past.



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About the MUSIC •

“ At the Rapids of St. John, the stream becomes a roaring cataract, beating its way through rocky chasms, widening at last into the majestic river that flows through Prague, greeted by the mighty old fortress, Vyšehrad, where it vanishes over the horizon lost to the poet’s sight.”


Toward the Sea II for Alto Flute, Harp, and String Orchestra Tōru Takemitsu, composer (1930 – 1996) •

Tōru Takemitsu was a self-taught Japanese composer and writer whose experiments with instrumental timbre and avant-garde compositions earned him international acclaim. Although his first musical inspirations came from Western composers such as Debussy, Takemitsu later developed a deep admiration for the traditional music of his homeland and spent much of his time exploring combinations of these two very different sonic environments.

Takemitsu wrote Toward the Sea in 1981 as a commission from Greenpeace for the Save the Whales program. Takemitsu originally scored the piece for alto flute and guitar, opting not to use barlines to create a more freely flowing sense of time. He later created an arrangement for alto flute, harp, and string orchestra, which he titled Toward the Sea II.

Takemitsu drew inspiration from the famous novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville, naming each movement after the book in admiration of its spiritual contemplations on the ocean. Takemitsu composed his piece around a three-note motif, Eb-E-A, which spells out the word “sea” in German notation. This motif is the foundation for much of the melodic material, and variations can be found in all three movements.

In the first movement, “The Night,” long melodic passages in the flute drift over fluttering swells in the strings, capturing the motion of a nighttime ocean breeze. In the movement “Moby Dick,” lumbering syncopations in the strings create a sense of vastness lying beneath the halting, mellow interplay between the flute and harp. The final movement depicts the ebb and flow of the waters of Cape Cod, before fading into a tranquil silence.


Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer (1873 – 1943) •

Sergei Rachmaninoff ’s Symphony No. 2 was completed in 1907 during a trip to Dresden, where he could set aside his duties as a conductor and virtuoso pianist to focus on composition. To this day, it remains one of his most beloved compositions.

After a disastrous premier of his first symphony in 1897, Rachmaninoff entered a three-year depression that ended with the success of his famous Piano Concerto No. 2. His second symphony marked a triumphant return to symphonic writing and enjoyed

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favorable reviews at its 1908 premier in St. Petersburg. •

Despite its length, Rachmaninoff’s second symphony is highly organized, and each movement is connected through melodic references to the introduction of the first movement. This theme can first be heard in the low strings before being passed on to the violins. The allegro section begins with a transformation of this theme before introducing and developing a second, impassioned melody.

The second movement opens with a reference to the “Dies Irae” from the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. A lively scherzo unfolds throughout the remainder of the movement, which passes through several recurring melodies before concluding with the opening theme from the first movement in the brass.

The romantic third movement is primarily woven from two melodies, the first of which can be heard in the violins at the outset. A lyrical clarinet solo introduces the second melody before grudgingly yielding to the orchestra and providing a longing and emotional development of these two ideas.

A march-like finale concludes the symphony, which begins with a grand introduction in the brass and proceeds with relentless energy. Moments from each of the other three movements return throughout the finale amidst soaring string melodies and bell-like cascades, which gradually build into a magnificent conclusion.



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Program BIOS Lionel Bringuier | conductor Lionel Bringuier travels extensively at the invitation of symphonies, chamber orchestras, and opera houses. In the 2021-22 season, he continues the position of Artiste Associé in his home town with Opéra de Nice. This unique appointment allows him to curate a series of special programs, which he conducts, and to invite several of his closest musical partners, including Alina Pogostkina, Khatia Buniatishvili, and Nicolas Bringuier. Well-known across Europe, having most recently served as music director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (2014-18), Lionel has held previous posts at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid, the Orchestre de Bretagne, and Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Over the past decade, Lionel has developed a strong relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic, as well as orchestras in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco. In Asia, he regularly conducts the Tokyo Symphony and works with the Seoul and Malaysian Philharmonics. In 2019, he returned to Australia with a program of Russian music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted a French program with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Lionel regularly collaborates with Yuja Wang, with whom he has recorded the Ravel Piano Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon as part of a complete cycle of the composer’s works. Other recordings include Chopin with Nelson Freire (DG) and Saint-Saëns with regular partners Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon (Erato). Part of a family of musicians, Lionel studied cello and conducting at the Paris Conservatoire, winning the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors a year after graduating. Passionate about education, outreach, and career development of emerging conductors and soloists, he served on the 2020 jury of La Maestra, the first international conducting competition for women, and continues to work with local schools in his home town of Nice to introduce children to classical music and orchestral experiences. Lionel was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French government, and has been lauded with the Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco and the Médaille d’or from the City of Nice.

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Matthew Roitstein | alto flute Originally from Valencia, California, Matthew Roitstein joined the Houston Symphony in 2014 as Associate Principal Flute, the first appointment made by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. He was previously a member of the Honolulu Symphony and Sarasota Opera Orchestras, as well as a fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where he inaugurated the Solo Spotlight recital series in 2011 in the recently built New World Center. Matthew has performed as guest principal flute with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestras. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic. During summers, he has participated in the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals. He has twice appeared on the PBS series Great Performances from Tanglewood and the New World Center, and he can be heard on recordings with the Houston Symphony and New World Symphony, as well as on Gloria Estefan’s album, The Standards. An enthusiastic educator, Matthew has taught extensively in the United States and throughout South and Central America. He received his bachelor’s degree in both architecture and music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the 2007 winner of the MIT Symphony Concerto Competition. While at MIT, he studied flute with Seta Der Hohannesian. He received his master’s degree in flute performance with Leone Buyse at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Other influential teachers include Mark Sparks, Stephen Kujala, Gary Woodward, Pedro Eustache, and his mother, Rosy Sackstein.

Megan Conley | harp Megan Conley (née Levin) had a musical upbringing in Austin, Texas. She began harp lessons at age 5 and grew up playing music in the family band. By the time she was 15, she had played on several albums with Austin musicians, including the Grammy Awardwinning album Los Super Seven. Megan studied at Rice University with Paula Page and as a Fulbright scholar in Paris, France. In 2012, she won first place in the international Ima Hogg Competition and subsequently performed the Ginastera Harp Concerto with the Houston Symphony. Megan has performed with the New York City Ballet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, as well as playing The Fantasticks on Broadway. She joined the Houston Symphony as Principal Harpist in January 2015 and also is a member of the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra, The Knights. A dedicated environmentalist, Megan recently founded a conservation nonprofit called Ocean Music Action. This organization presents multi-sensory concerts paired with volunteer beach or waterway cleanups, as a way to raise awareness for ocean stewardship. InTUNE — March 2022 | 21

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 8 P.M. | Jones Hall Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Emanuel Ax, piano Scott Holshouser, piano K. RIVERA SAINT-SAËNS

Mark Nuccio, clarinet Mark Hughes, trumpet

Bridgetower Variations | World Premiere, Houston Symphony Commision


Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) 1. Introduction et Marche royale du Lion: Andante maestoso— Allegro non troppo 2. Poules et Coqs (Hens and roosters): Allegro moderato 3. Hémiones (Animaux véloces) (Wild asses (Swift animals)): Presto furioso 4. Tortues (Tortoises): Andante maestoso 5. L’Éléphant: Allegretto pomposo 6. Kangourous: Moderato 7. Aquarium: Andantino 8. Personnages à longues oreilles (People with long ears): Tempo ad lib. 9. Le Coucou au fond des bois (The cuckoo in the depths of the woods): Andante 10. Volière (Aviary): Moderato grazioso 11. Pianistes: Allegro moderato 12. Fossiles: Allegro ridicolo 13. Le Cygne (The swan): Andantino grazioso 14. Final: Molto allegro



Black Dog, Rhapsody for Clarinet


Concerto for Clarinet



Concertino for Trumpet, Piano, and Strings


Variations on “The Carnival of Venice”


Carnival Overture, Opus 92


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SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 8 P.M. | Jones Hall Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Emanuel Ax, piano Scott Holshouser, piano K. RIVERA SAINT-SAËNS

MuChen Hsieh, violin Joan DerHovsepian, viola Mark Hughes, trumpet

Bridgetower Variations


Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) 1. Introduction et Marche royale du Lion: Andante maestoso— Allegro non troppo 2. Poules et Coqs (Hens and roosters): Allegro moderato 3. Hémiones (Animaux véloces) (Wild asses (Swift animals)): Presto furioso 4. Tortues (Tortoises): Andante maestoso 5. L’Éléphant: Allegretto pomposo 6. Kangourous: Moderato 7. Aquarium: Andantino 8. Personnages à longues oreilles (People with long ears): Tempo ad lib. 9. Le Coucou au fond des bois (The cuckoo in the depths of the woods): Andante 10. Volière (Aviary): Moderato grazioso 11. Pianistes: Allegro moderato 12. Fossiles: Allegro ridicolo 13. Le Cygne (The swan): Andantino grazioso 14. Final: Molto allegro



Double Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 88 I. Andante con moto II. Allegro moderato III. Allegro molto



Concertino for Trumpet, Piano, and Strings


Variations on “The Carnival of Venice”


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SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2:30 P.M. | Jones Hall & Livestream Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Emanuel Ax, piano Scott Holshouser, piano BERNSTEIN S. McALLISTER A. SHAW

Mark Nuccio, clarinet MuChen Hsieh, violin Joan DerHovsepian, viola

Overture to Candide


Black Dog, Rhapsody for Clarinet


Concerto for Clarinet



Double Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 88 I. Andante con moto II. Allegro moderato III. Allegro molto



Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) 1. Introduction et Marche royale du Lion: Andante maestoso— Allegro non troppo 2. Poules et Coqs (Hens and roosters): Allegro moderato 3. Hémiones (Animaux véloces) (Wild asses (Swift animals)): Presto furioso 4. Tortues (Tortoises): Andante maestoso 5. L’Éléphant: Allegretto pomposo 6. Kangourous: Moderato 7. Aquarium: Andantino 8. Personnages à longues oreilles (People with long ears): Tempo ad lib. 9. Le Coucou au fond des bois (The cuckoo in the depths of the woods): Andante 10. Volière (Aviary): Moderato grazioso 11. Pianistes: Allegro moderato 12. Fossiles: Allegro ridicolo 13. Le Cygne (The swan): Andantino grazioso 14. Final: Molto allegro



Danse macabre Yoonshin Song, violin


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Bridgetower Variations Kyle Rivera, composer (1996) •

The time between the life of George Bridgetower and the present day is permeated by the insidious ideologies that allow racial inequities to persevere. Throughout the inarguably racist music history that we reflect upon today, segregated voices were purposefully silenced and lost to time. Meanwhile, specific titanic figures of history were preserved and used to uphold white supremacy.

The reality of our history is painful and, at times, difficult to confront. However, in doing so, we can empower ourselves to talk about racism, take meaningful action, and dismantle its effects. Although the vast majority of Bridgetower's work will forever be lost to history, we can honor his legacy by continuing to open the hearts of those who ignore the truisms of the history that failed him. For once we have made the painful step of acceptance, then we are ready to truly heal ourselves, heal each other, and heal the world. That on its own gives me hope.

Movements: Variation I - "Extortion" Variation II - "Exclusion" Variation III - "Revival"


Le carnaval des animaux (Carnival of the Animals) Camille Saint-Saëns, composer (1835–1921) •

Camille Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals, composed and premiered in 1886, is a whimsical suite of short movements for piano and orchestra, with each movement imitating a different “animal.” The piece was originally scored for two pianos and a small instrumental accompaniment but has since been adapted for full orchestra.

Despite the success of the premier and pressure from his peers, Saint-Saëns did not allow the piece to be published until after his death, so as not to tarnish his reputation as a serious composer. The only movement which he allowed to be published during his lifetime was “The Swan,” a beautiful cello solo which has since become an iconic part of Saint-Saëns’s repertoire.

Saint-Saëns uses the various instruments of the orchestra to depict each animal in his suite, such as the clarinet’s two-note interjections in “The Cuckoo” or the fluttering flute passages of “The Aviary.”

Saint-Saëns frequently uses quotations of other musical works in humorous ways throughout the piece. For example, “Tortoises” is a slowed-down quotation of the lively “Can Can” from Offenbach’s opera, Orpheus in the Underworld. “The Elephant” quotes Berlioz’s “Dance of the Sylphs” and the scherzo from Mendelsohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, delicate melodies which Saint-Saëns jokingly transforms into a lumbering bass InTUNE — March 2022 | 29

About the MUSIC solo. “Fossils” features quotes from Saint-Saën’s own Danse Macabre, played by the xylophone. •

The finale includes references to many of the previous animals, including the lion, hens, kangaroos, and donkeys, as well as material from the introduction.


Black Dog, Rhapsody for Clarinet Scott McAllister, composer (1969) •

Black Dog is a rhapsody for solo clarinet and orchestra. The work is inspired by classic hard rock music, particularly Led Zeppelin’s rhapsodic-style song "Black Dog."

The clarinet solo takes the role of the lead singer in a hard rock band with its extreme range and emotions juxtaposed with the pyrotechnic solos in true “Hendrix” fashion. The rhapsody begins with a long solo cadenza which introduces most of the material in the work. The middle section is a very slow, upward, “Stairway to Heaven” gesture. The last section of Black Dog concludes with a “head-banging” ostinato pattern that leads to the final fiery cadenza.


Concerto for Clarinet Artie Shaw, composer (1910–2004) •

Artie Shaw was an American composer, clarinetist, and bandleader known for his prowess as a jazz musician. Over the course of his life, Shaw had a complicated relationship with fame and the popular music industry, disbanding many of his jazz groups just as they began achieving major success. At age 44, following much commercial success, Shaw quit playing the clarinet entirely to pursue other interests, such as a career as an author.

Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto assembles a pastiche of blues and jazz idioms over the course of its two-part structure. The piece begins and ends with a long clarinet cadenza, with shorter improvisatory passages transitioning between sections and highlighting the virtuosity of the soloist.

The first movement opens with a decadent clarinet solo, before kicking off a bluesy section which showcases the brass and winds alongside the soloist. A dark and melancholy clarinet cadenza transitions to the second movement, which opens with a long clarinet solo played over the clamor of the tom-toms. The saxophones and brass bring in the rest of the orchestra in force, building up to a final clarinet cadenza, which calls back material from the beginning before rocketing up to an altissimo C to conclude the piece.

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Concertino for Trumpet, Piano, and Strings André Jolivet, composer (1905–1974) •

A talented artist from a young age, French composer André Jolivet spent his life crafting nationalist music that combined modernity and humanity. As a young man, Jolivet began studying composition under avant-garde composer Edgard Varese, who was an early influence on his musical style. As his career progressed, Jolivet drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources, ranging from the atonal music from the likes of Schoenberg to musical styles of Africa and East Asia.

Despite the highly experimental nature of his compositions, Jolivet nevertheless created a strong sense of melody within his music, particularly in his later years. This penchant for melodic writing is apparent in his “Concertino for Trumpet, Piano, and Strings,” composed in 1948, which is characterized by its pure and lyrical passages and which Jolivet himself described as a “ballet for trumpet.”

Jolivet’s four-part Concertino opens with a series of exclamations in the strings and piano, which freely move in dialogue with the trumpet before opening into the more rhythmic main theme. A somber, slow string section opens the next section, building toward a rapid piano passage that introduces the final section. The finale unfolds at a blistering pace, with virtuosic passages for each performer culminating in a massive ensemble crescendo.


Variations on “The Carnival of Venice” Jean-Baptiste Arban, composer (1825–1889) •

Arban was born in Lyon, one of 10 children. His older brother Francisque would achieve renown as an aeronaut, becoming the first man to cross the Alps in a balloon. He would later be lost at sea in the Mediterranean, only to resurface after two years spent as a captive in Africa.

Arban was the first great virtuoso of the cornet à piston. He studied at the Paris Conservatory, and went on to a career as a performer, composer, conductor, and educator. Since its publication in 1864, his Method for the Cornet has become the “trumpeter’s Bible.”

Arban’s Carnival of Venice is based on a Neapolitan popular song, “O Mamma, Mamma Cara.” It was first used by Paganini in 1829 in a set of virtuoso violin variations he called The Carnival of Venice. Numerous composers, including Gottschalk and Chopin (piano), Tarrega (guitar), and Bottesini (double bass) have used the tune. You may hear echoes of Bob Merrill’s novelty tune “How Much is That Doggy in the Window?” in the music, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

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About the MUSIC them in the early 1860s; this performance uses an arrangement by the Russian virtuoso Sergei Nakariakov.


Carnival Overture, Opus 92 Antonín Dvořák, composer (1841–1904) •

Dvořák was the most important Czech composer of his generation and a leading exponent of nationalism in music. He was the first Czech composer to achieve fame throughout the western world, with works composed for musical capitals such as Vienna, London, and New York.

His Carnival Overture is the center part of a triptych depicting “nature, life, and love." It opens with his In Nature’s Realm Overture (“nature”), Opus 91 and closes with Otello (“love”), Opus 93. Dvořák conducted the premiere of the triptych in Prague in April 1892 and introduced himself to New York audiences at Carnegie Hall with the works in October of that year.

The high spirits of the rumbustious outer sections recall the nationalist Dvořák of works, including his two sets of Slavonic Dances, his Legends, and his Prague Waltzes. The contrasting serene, moonlit middle section portrays, in the composer’s words, “a pair of staying lovers.”

Dvořák was a focus of Andrés Orozco-Estrada throughout his tenure in Houston. He and the Houston Symphony recorded the last four of the composer’s symphonies. They also took his Symphony No. 7 and his tone poem The Noon Witch to Europe as part of their March 2018 tour.


Double Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 88 Max Bruch, composer (1838–1920) •

German composer Max Bruch led a prolific career as a composer and teacher, writing his first piece at age 9 and composing steadily until his death at 82. Bruch’s music shied away from the more progressive influence of Liszt and Wagner, instead imitating the classic German romanticism of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms.

Bruch began composing for the clarinet late in life, inspired by the success of his son, virtuoso clarinetist Max Felix Bruch, for whom he composed his Double Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, and Orchestra. Bruch completed the concerto in 1911 and would premier it the same year with his son and virtuoso violin/violist Willy Hess in Berlin.

With this concerto, Bruch hoped to capture the success of his much-loved Violin Concerto No. 1, composed 50 years earlier. Bruch includes several melodic quotations from his earlier works, as well as instrumental entrances which imitate the structure of Brahms’ own Double Concerto.

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The Double Concerto begins with a dramatic statement by the viola, which is answered by the clarinet before the two soloists enter a cascading duet. Delicate melodies are passed between the pair as the first movement slowly unfolds, laid to rest by a final arpeggio by the clarinet. The second movement continues the dialogue between soloists in a livelier dance form while retaining the flowing lyricism of the opening.

The finale begins with a triumphant brass fanfare, before giving way to alternating virtuosic passages between each soloist. Vigorous ensemble interludes separate each solo section, in which variations on the opening theme tumble headlong into a massive final cadence.


Danse macabre, Opus 40 Camille Saint-Saëns, composer (1835–1921) •

Saint-Saëns was one of the leading French composers of the second half of the 19th century. Where most of his contemporary countrymen (think Bizet, Gounod, and Massenet) focused on opera, Saint-Saëns wrote in all genres.

At the start of his career, his supporters included Liszt, Rossini, and Berlioz. He in turn would influence Ravel and Stravinsky, in spite of declaring the latter “insane” after hearing The Rite of Spring. He lived long enough to write one of the earliest surviving film scores for the 1908 silent The Assassination of the Duke of Guise and to make early recordings of music from his opera Samson and Delilah as well as his Piano Concerto No. 2 and some of his songs.

His Danse Macabre is one of four tone poems, inspired by Liszt, the pioneer of the genre. It started life as a song, which evolved into the present work. The song’s text tells of death striking up a dance for the skeletons on Halloween, the Dance of Death as a meditation on all people being equal in the end. Liszt would transcribe the work for solo piano after its premiere, a version made famous by Vladimir Horowitz.

Saint-Saëns used the xylophone, a novel instrument in the orchestra at the time, to depict the rattling of the skeletons’ bones as they danced. He also incorporated the medieval Dies irae chant into the piece, turning it into a sinister waltz. The work ends with the cock crowing at dawn, and the skeletons returning to their graves.

In an amusing bit of self-reference, the Dance macabre and its xylophone come back in his Carnival of the Animals, in the movement entitled “Fossils.”


Overture to Candide Leonard Bernstein, composer (1918-1990) •

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About the MUSIC as a play with incidental music, Candide was written during a period in Bernstein’s life when he was heavily involved with theater production, and Bernstein’s work on the operetta overlapped with the release of musicals such as On the Town and sketches for what would become West Side Story. •

Candide provides a satirical take on political intolerance through a coming-of-age tale centered on misfortunate lovers Candide and Cunegonde, a tale which Hellman sought to connect to the then-ongoing Washington “witch hunts” led by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Upon its release in 1956, Candide received a lukewarm reception, and was later rewritten and rearranged several times. Despite the relative financial failure of the operetta, Bernstein’s Overture has since become a classic in concert halls across the globe.

The witty and energetic Overture takes listeners through a whirlwind of themes from the operetta, while paying homage to the classic operatic overtures by the likes of Rossini. Soaring passages in the winds and strings occasionally give way to tender, contemplative melodies, but the energy of the piece never ceases.

Program BIOS Andrés Orozco-Estrada | conductor Please view his bio on page 6

Emanuel Ax | piano Born in modern-day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family as a young boy. He made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974, won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975, he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize. The 2019–20 season included a European summer festivals tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and long-time collaborative partner Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Sir Simon Rattle, and three concerts with regular partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall. Additional recitals and orchestral appearances last spring were postponed due to COVID-19 and, like many artists, his response to unprecedented circumstances was creative. He hosted “The Legacy of Great Pianists,” part of the online Live with Carnegie Hall. Last September, he joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a series of surprise pop-up concerts for essential workers in venues throughout the Berkshires community. With the resumption of concert activity, he appeared in the reopening weekend of Tanglewood. Concerts with the Colorado,

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Pacific, Cincinnati, and Houston symphonies as well as Minnesota, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland orchestras follow throughout this season. Emanuel has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, his most recent being Brahms Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos. He has received Grammy awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas and has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. In the 2004–05 season, he contributed to an International Emmy awardwinning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. His recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th Century Music/Piano). Emanuel Ax is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, New England Conservatory of Music, Yale University, and Columbia University.

Scott Holshouser | piano Scott Holshouser, Principal Keyboardist with the Houston Symphony, has been a member of the orchestra since 1980. He began his musical training in Athens, Georgia, and attended Florida State University before moving to Houston to continue his studies at the University of Houston. He is now a faculty member at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Scott presently is the accompanist for the Houston Symphony Chorus, the Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, and the Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition. He is a former staff pianist with the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera.

Mark Nuccio | clarinet Mark Nuccio has served as Principal Clarinetist of the Houston Symphony since 2016. Previously, he was a member of the New York Philharmonic for 17 years as associate principal, solo E-flat clarinetist, and acting principal. He held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida. He has toured and recorded with the Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With the Philharmonic, he regularly performed on the award-winning series, Live from Lincoln Center, broadcast on PBS, and toured to North Korea and Vietnam. An active solo and chamber musician, Mark has been featured with numerous U.S. orchestras and made multiple appearances as a featured performer at the International Clarinet InTUNE — March 2022 | 35

Program BIOS Association conventions. He made his subscription solo debuts with the Houston Symphony in 2018 and with the New York Philharmonic in 2010. Other highlights include a New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and a Japanese recital debut in 2002. He regularly performs recitals in Asia, Europe, and the United States. In New York, he is often heard at Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He participates in chamber music at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, performs/ teaches at Festival Napa Valley, and teaches at ARIA Music Festival, among others. As a studio musician, Mark is featured on numerous movie soundtracks, including Failure to Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, Alamo, Pooh’s Heffalump, Hitch, and The Manchurian Candidate, as well as television commercials, Super Bowl music, and the Master’s Golf Tournament. He performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and on the 2003 Grammy Awards. His own debut album featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, Opening Night, was released in 2006. A Colorado native, Mark was recently awarded the University of Northern Colorado’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He serves as faculty for Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music in Evanston, Illinois, and teaches masterclasses at home and abroad. He is a D’Addario Advising Artist and Clinician and a performing artist/clinician for Buffet Music Group.

Mark Hughes | trumpet Mark Hughes “knows how to spin out a long line with the eloquence of a gifted singer,” says Derrick Henry of the Atlanta JournalConstitution. He developed his abilities at Northwestern University where he studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony. After graduation, Mark joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a scholarship student of Adolph Herseth, the legendary principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony. Mark began touring with Richard Morris as the popular organ and trumpet duo, Toccatas and Flourishes, performing throughout the United States and Canada. His appointment as associate principal trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra followed, a position he held for 12 years. During his time with the ASO, he appeared as soloist on numerous occasions, performed on dozens of recordings, and was an active studio musician. Since 2006, Mark has held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, including the performance of the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet with Jon Kimura Parker, a performance heard nationally on American Public Radio’s SymphonyCast. Since his arrival in Houston, Mark has performed and recorded with the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and continues to be in demand as a soloist with orchestras and in recital. In

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addition, he serves on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the Texas Music Festival each summer. Mark lives in Bellaire with his wife, Marilyn, and their two children, Thomas and Caroline.

MuChen Hsieh | violin MuChen (Jessica) Hsieh, from Taiwan, joined the Houston Symphony as Principal Second Violin in 2017. Prior to her appointment in Houston, she worked with notable conductors, including Thomas Adès, Charles Dutoit, Larry Rachleff, David Robertson, Joshua Weilerstein, and Hugh Wolff. She studied with Kathleen Winkler at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Malcolm Lowe and Masuko Ushioda at the New England Conservatory. Jessica regularly performs in recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestras in the United States and Taiwan. Her festival performances include New York String Orchestra, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. She has served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, including for the orchestra’s 2016 tour to Carnegie Hall. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic as a Zarin Mehta Global Academy Fellow. An avid chamber musician, Jessica has collaborated with James Dunham, Jon Kimura Parker, Kathleen Winkler, and Larry Wheeler. When at home in Taiwan, she enjoys organizing chamber music concerts with friends. She also has a passion for coaching and leading local orchestra concerts during the summer in Taiwan with the concertmaster of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Ray-Chou Chang. Aside from playing violin, Hsieh enjoys cooking and baking with friends, jogging, or dreaming about getting a dog.

Joan DerHovsepian | viola Joan DerHovsepian holds the position of Acting Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, hired by Christoph Eschenbach, and began serving as Associate Principal in 2010. She was principal viola of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for two seasons and played in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as guest principal viola with the Cincinnati Symphony. An artist teacher of viola at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Joan instructs students in viola orchestral repertoire and chamber music. Students who have come through her orchestral repertoire course have won positions in the Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, InTUNE — March 2022 | 37

Program BIOS Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, North Carolina Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Washington National Opera, among others. She is regular guest faculty for the New World Symphony and has given masterclasses in the study of orchestral excerpts at the New England Conservatory and for viola students of The Juilliard School. Joan annually participates at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and as principal viola at the Peninsula Music Festival. She was the violist of the award-winning Everest Quartet, top prize winners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She was the second prize recipient of the Primrose International Viola Competition. Joan holds bachelor and master of music degrees and the performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, studying with James Dunham of the Cleveland Quartet. She attended the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany, where she studied with violist Kim Kashkashian.

Kyle Rivera | composer The music of Kyle Rivera (b. 1996) is dynamic, intriguing, and energetic. Through the use of bold gestures and nuanced effect, he creates musical narratives that are vibrant and compelling. He continually seeks out a wide variety of sonorities in order to best capture the human experience. Kyle is a Colorado-based composer and violist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition and viola performance from the University of Houston with a minor in kinesiology. His principal teachers were Rob Smith for composition and Suzanne LeFevre for viola. He has also studied composition with Jimmy Lopez, Reiko Feuting, Pierre Jalbert, Martin Bresnick, and David Ludwig. As a performer, Kyle has appeared as a member of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, with Sphinx Virtuosi, the Ariel Quartet, and the world-renowned Houston Ballet Academy. He has participated as a fellow at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, Fresh Inc Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival. As a composer, his music has been performed in numerous cities, on public radio, and by various ensembles. Past collaborations include the Houston Symphony, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, KINETIC Ensemble, Houston Grand Opera Co., Opus Illuminate, 10th Wave Chamber Music Collective, the Chelsea Music Festival, the Kenari Quartet, and Kingwood Park High School, as well as Grammy award-winning violist Nathan Schram.

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DACAMERA presents the world-renowned London-based Elias Quartet in Beethoven’s complete quartets, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear these works in chronological order over six unforgettable evenings.

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Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor William VerMeulen, horn Dave Kirk, tuba



An American in Paris


Horn Concerto | World première, Houston Symphony co-commission 1. With energy 2. Slow and expressive 3. Energetically



Concerto for Tubist and Orchestra | Houston Symphony co-commission I. Up!: Allegro II. Boogaloo Americana: Festive and Whimsical III. Lament IV. In Bird’s Basement: Bebop

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An American in Paris George Gershwin, composer (1898–1937) •

Following the success of his jazzy Rhapsody in Blue, American composer George Gershwin received a commission from the New York Philharmonic for a new symphonic work. Seeking to hone his skills as a classical composer, Gershwin travelled to Paris, where he found the inspiration to begin composing what would later become An American in Paris. Gershwin sought to depict the clamor of Parisian streets as experienced by an American visitor, as he describes in his program notes:

“The opening gay section is followed by a rich ‘blues’ with a strong rhythmic undercurrent. Our American, perhaps after strolling into a café and having a couple of drinks, has succumbed to a spasm of homesickness. The harmony here is both more intense and simpler than in the preceding pages. This ‘blues’ rises to a climax, followed by a coda in which the spirit of the music returns to the vivacity and bubbling exuberance of the opening part with its impression of Paris. Apparently the homesick American, having left the café and reached the open air, has disowned his spell of the blues and once again is an alert spectator of Parisian life. At the conclusion, the street noises and French atmosphere are triumphant.”

The 1928 premiere of An American in Paris was met with a mixed response from music critics but was undeniably popular with the public. The growing popularity of the score would later inspire an MGM film of the same name, starring Gene Kelley and ending with a ballet sequence which features the piece in its entirety.

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Horn Concerto Please view program notes on insert


Concerto for Tubist and Orchestra Please view program notes on insert

RAVEL Boléro

Joseph Maurice Ravel, composer (1875–1937) •

French composer Maurice Ravel is best known both for his magnificent ballets, such as Daphnis et Chloé, and his skills as an orchestrator, such as with his symphonic arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. These worlds collided when he received a commission from Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein, who wanted him to orchestrate Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia for her ballet troupe. Ultimately, Ravel chose instead to compose his own music for the ballet, which was premiered in Paris in 1928 as Boléro.

Ravel composed Boléro as an experiment in repetition and orchestration, built around a repeating, unchanging melody. Much to his surprise, it was extremely popular, and became one of his best-known pieces, performed more often in symphonic form than as a ballet. It was one of the last pieces he composed before retiring due to degenerative mental illness.

The piece begins softly, with an ostinato rhythm played by the snare drum, violas, and cellos. A flute then introduces the winding, two-part theme, which Ravel describes as a synthesis of “folk tunes of the usual Spanish-Arabian kind.” This theme is repeated continuously throughout the work, for a total of 18 variations. Instead of changing the melody or rhythm in each variation, Ravel exclusively alters the orchestration, beginning with soft passages played by solo instruments who then join the rhythmic accompaniment for the following variations. Ravel continues adding instruments, thickening the orchestral texture with each new variation, all the while increasing the volume in a gradual crescendo. When at last the orchestra can grow no further, the static, C major melody suddenly modulates to E major, adding a final burst of energy and bringing the piece to a roaring close.

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Program BIOS Andrés Orozco-Estrada | conductor Please view his bio on page 6

William VerMeulen | horn William VerMeulen leads a varied musical life of soloist, orchestral principal, chamber musician, master teacher, and music publisher. Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990, Bill has performed as a guest principal horn with leading orchestras. He has been a member of orchestras in Columbus, Honolulu, and Kansas City. Bill has been an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and participates as a performer and on faculty with the finest music festivals and chamber music presenters, including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where he serves as principal horn. In addition to performing to critical acclaim on four continents as a soloist and chamber musician, Bill is a popular artist at International Horn Society Symposiums. He is a board member of the International Horn Competition of America. His discography includes dozens of orchestral recordings and many solo and chamber recordings. A champion of new music, numerous pieces have been written for him, including concerti by esteemed American composers Samuel Adler, Pierre Jalbert, Tony DiLorenzo, and the horn cantata “Canticum Sacrum” by Robert Bradshaw. He recorded the Canto XI by Samuel Adler for a CD called First Chairs. Among his awards and honors, Bill received first prize at the 1980 International Horn Society Soloist Competition and the Shapiro Award for Most Outstanding Brass Player at the Tanglewood Festival. Regarded as one of the most influential horn teachers, Bill is a professor of horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and brass artist-in-residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School. His students perform in major orchestras throughout the world. He received a 1985 Distinguished Teacher of America Certificate of Excellence from President Reagan and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Interlochen Arts Academy, he is founder and president of VerMeulen Music, L.L.C., which offers music and products for horn players worldwide at Bill and his wife, Houston Opera and Ballet violinist Sylvia VerMeulen, have two children, Michael and Nicole. In his rare free time, he enjoys sharing his passion for fine cooking and wine with friends.

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Program BIOS Dave Kirk | tuba Dave Kirk is Principal Tubist of the Houston Symphony and associate professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, positions held since 1982. Dave was selected for his teaching and playing positions during his final year of undergraduate studies at New York’s Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, he studied with Don Harry. His other teachers include Chester Schmitz, Warren Deck, Neal Tidwell, and his Houston Symphony colleagues. Regularly appearing as a guest performer and teacher in North America and Japan, Dave enjoys an international reputation for his teaching of musicianship and physical aspects of wind playing. Locally, he is an active recitalist, chamber music collaborator, and conductor. His orchestral playing is heard on Houston Symphony recordings under conductors Sergiu Comissiona, Newton Wayland, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Krajewski, Hans Graf, and Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Dave’s solo playing is featured on Mark Custom Recordings’s The Music of Leroy Osmon, Volume 1.


Eroica & Liszt

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Corporate, Foundation, & Government PARTNERS The Houston Symphony is proud to recognize the leadership support of our corporate, foundation, and government partners that allow the orchestra to reach new heights in musical performance, education, and community engagement, for Greater Houston and the Gulf Coast Region.

CORPORATE PARTNERS Principal Corporate Guarantor  $250,000 and above Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods / Spec’s Charitable Foundation* ** Grand Guarantor  $150,000 and above ConocoPhillips** Houston Public Media— News 88.7 FM; Channel 8 PBS* KTRK ABC-13* Phillips 66** Guarantor  $100,000 and above Houston Methodist* Kalsi Engineering PaperCity* Tenenbaum Jewelers* United Airlines* Underwriter  $50,000 and above Accordant Advisors* Baker Botts L.L.P.* Bank of America Boston Consulting Group* Cameron Management* Chevron** CKP Group* ENGIE** Frost Bank Houston Baptist University Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo** Kinder Morgan Foundation** Kirkland & Ellis The Lancaster Hotel* Occidental** PNC**

(as of Feb.1, 2022)

Rand Group, LLC* Shell Oil Company** Vinson & Elkins LLP Sponsor  $25,000 and above EOG Resources The Events Company* H-E-B/H-E-B Tournament of Champions** Marine Foods Express, Ltd. Neiman Marcus* One Market Square Garage* Perry Homes Sidley Austin LLP SPIR STAR, Ltd. Univision Houston & Amor 106.5FM Wells Fargo Partner  $15,000 and above City Kitchen* Glazier’s Distributors* Gorman’s Uniform Service Jackson & Company* Locke Lord LLP Lockton Companies of Houston USI Southwest

Beth Wolff Realtors Zenfilm* Benefactor  $5,000 and above Bank of Texas Beck Redden LLP BHP Frankly Organic Vodka Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc. University of Houston University of St. Thomas* Wortham Insurance & Risk Management Patron  Gifts below $5,000 Amazon Baker Hughes BeDESIGN* Christian Dior Gulf Coast Distillers * KPMG US Foundation, Inc. Mercantil ONEOK, Inc. Quantum Bass Center* SEI, Global Institutional Group Smith, Graham & Company Stewart Title Company TAM International, Inc.

* Includes in-kind support Supporter **Education and Community  $10,000 and above Engagement Support Houston First Corporation* Macy’s** Mark Kamin & Associates New Timmy Chan Corporation Nordstrom** Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, L.L.P. Quantum Energy Partners Silver Eagle Distributors* Sire Spirits

For information on becoming a corporate partner, please contact Timothy Dillow, Director, Corporate Relations, at or 713.337.8538.

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FOUNDATIONS & GOVERNMENT AGENCIES Diamond Guarantor  $1,000,000 and above The Brown Foundation, Inc. The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Houston Symphony Endowment** Houston Symphony League The Wortham Foundation, Inc. Premier Guarantor  $500,000 and above The Alkek and Williams Foundation City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance The Cullen Foundation The C. Howard Pieper Foundation Grand Guarantor  $150,000 and above City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board** The Hearst Foundation** The Humphreys Foundation MD Anderson Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Texas Commission on the Arts** Guarantor  $100,000 and above The Houston Arts Combined Endowment Fund The Jerry C. Dearing Family Foundation

Underwriter  $50,000 and above Beauchamp Foundation The Elkins Foundation The Fondren Foundation Houston Symphony Chorus Endowment LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation John P. McGovern Foundation** The Powell Foundation** The Robbins Foundation** Sponsor  $25,000 and above The Martine and Dan Drackett Family Foundation William S. & Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation The Vivian L. Smith Foundation** The William Stamps Farish Fund Partner  $15,000 and above Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Edward H. Andrews Foundation Ruth & Ted Bauer Family Foundation** Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation** The Melbern G. & Susanne M. Glasscock Foundation**

(as of Feb.1, 2022)

William E. & Natoma Pyle Harvey Charitable Foundation** The Hood-Barrow Foundation The Schissler Foundation The Vaughn Foundation Supporter  $10,000 and above Edward H. Andrews Foundation The Carleen & Alde Fridge Foundation George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Petrello Family Foundation The Pierce Runnells Foundation Radoff Family Foundation Sterling-Turner Foundation Anonymous Benefactor  $5,000 and above Keith & Mattie Stevenson Foundation Leon Jaworski Foundation Strake Foundation** Patron  Gifts below $5,000 The Lubrizol Foundation The Scurlock Foundation

**Education and Community Engagement Support For information about becoming a foundation or government partner, please contact Christina Trunzo, Director, Foundation Relations, at or 713.337.8530.

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Legacy SOCIETY The Legacy Society honors those who have included the Houston Symphony Endowment in their long-term estate plans through a bequest in a will, life-income gifts, or other deferred-giving arrangements.

CRESCENDO CIRCLE $100,000 + Dr. and Mrs. George J. Abdo Priscilla R. Angly Jonathan and Ann Ayre Janice Barrow Jim Barton James Bell Joe Anne Berwick* James and S. Dale Brannon Walter and Nancy Bratic Joe Brazzatti Terry Ann Brown Mary Kathryn Campion and Stephen Liston Drs. Dennis and Susan Carlyle Janet F. Clark Virginia A. Clark Mr. William E. Colburn Harrison R.T. Davis Andria N. Elkins Jean and Jack* Ellis The Aubrey and Sylvia Farb Family Eugene Fong

Mrs. Aggie L. Foster Michael B. George Stephen and Mariglyn Glenn Evan B. Glick Jo A. and Billie Jo Graves Mario Gudmundsson Deborah Happ and Richard Rost Jacquelyn Harrison and Thomas Damgaard Marilyn and Bob Hermance Dr. Charles and Tammie Johnson Dr. Rita Justice Mr. and Mrs. U. J. LeGrange Joella and Steven P. Mach Michelle and Jack Matzer Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm L. Mazow Bill and Karinne McCullough Muffy and Mike McLanahan Dr. Georgette M. Michko Dr. Robert M. Mihalo* Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Mueller

Drs. John and Dorothy Oehler Gloria G. Pryzant Evie Ronald* Donna Scott Charles and Andrea Seay Michael J. Shawiak Jule* and Albert* Smith Louis* and Mary Kay Snyder Mr. Rex Spikes Mike and Anita* Stude Mr. and Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor Elba L. Villarreal Margaret Waisman, M.D. and Steven S. Callahan, Ph.D. Mr. and Mrs. Fredric A. Weber Robert G. Weiner Vicki West in honor of Hans Graf Susan Gail Wood Jo Dee Wright Ellen A. Yarrell Anonymous (2)

Farida Abjani Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey B. Aron Myra W. Barber Daniel B. Barnum* George* and Betty Bashen Dr. Joan Hacken Bitar Dorothy B. Black Kerry Levine Bollmann Ermy Borlenghi Bonfield Zu Broadwater Mr. Christopher and Mrs. Erin Brunner Eugene R. Bruns Cheryl and Sam* Byington Sylvia J. Carroll Dr. Robert N. Chanon William J. Clayton and Margaret A. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Byron Cooley The Honorable* and Mrs. William Crassas Dr. Lida S. Dahm Leslie Barry Davidson Judge* and Mrs.* Harold DeMoss Jr. Susan Feickert Ginny Garrett Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Gendel Mauro H. Gimenez and Connie A. Coulomb Bill Grieves*

Mr. Robert M. Griswold Randolph Lee Groninger Claudio J. Gutierrez Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Hamaker Gloria L. Herman* Timothy Hogan and Elaine Anthony Dr. Gary L. Hollingsworth Dr. Edward J. and Mrs. Patti Hurwitz Dr. Kenneth Hyde Brian and Catherine James Barbara and Raymond Kalmans Dr. James E. and Betty W. Key Dr. and Mrs. I. Ray Kirk Enid Knobler* Mrs. Frances E. Leland Samuel J. Levine Mrs. Lucy Lewis Sandra Magers David Ray Malone and David J. Sloat Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. Margolis Jay and Shirley* Marks James G. Matthews Mary Ann and David McKeithan Dr. Tracey Samuels and Mr. Robert McNamara Mr. and Mrs. D. Bradley McWilliams Catherine Jane Merchant

Marilyn Ross Miles and Stephen Warren Miles Foundation Sidney and Ione Moran Janet Moynihan* Richard and Juliet Moynihan Gretchen Ann Myers Patience Myers John N. Neighbors*, in memory of Jean Marie Neighbors Mr.* and Mrs. Richard C. Nelson Bobbie Newman John and Leslie Niemand Leslie Nossaman Dave G. Nussmann* John Onstott Macky Osorio Edward C. Osterberg Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edmund and Megan Pantuliano Imogen “Immy” Papadopoulos Christine and Red Pastorek Peter* and Nina Peropoulos Linda Tarpley Peterson Sara M. Peterson Darla Powell Phillips Jenny and Tadjin Popatia Geraldine Smith Priest Dana Puddy


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Patrick T. Quinn Lila Rauch Ed and Janet Rinehart Mr. Floyd W. Robinson Walter Ross Mr. and Mrs. James A. Shaffer Dr. and Mrs. Kazuo Shimada Lisa and Jerry Simon Tad and Suzanne Smith Sherry Snyder

Marie Speziale Emily H. and David K. Terry Stephen G. Tipps Steve Tostengard, in memory of Ardyce Tostengard Jana Vander Lee Bill and Agnete Vaughan Dean B. Walker Stephen and Kristine Wallace Geoffrey Westergaard

Nancy B. Willerson Jennifer R. Wittman Lorraine and Ed* Wulfe David and Tara Wuthrich Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre Edith and Robert Zinn Anonymous (8) *Deceased

If you are interested in learning more about joining the Legacy Society by making the Houston Symphony part of your estate plans, please contact Alex de Aguiar Reuter, Senior Associate, Endowment & Administration, at or 713.337.8532.

MUSICIAN SPONSORSHIPS Donors at the Sponsorship Circle level and above are provided the opportunity to be recognized as sponsoring a Houston Symphony Musician. For more information, please contact Samantha Sheats, Major Gifts Officer, at or 713.337.8534. Dr. Saul and Ursula Balagura Charles Seo, Cello

Virginia A. Clark Julia Churchill, Violin – Shepherd School-Houston Janice Barrow Symphony Brown Foundation Sophia Silivos, First Violin Community-Embedded Gary and Marian Beauchamp/The Musician Fellow Beauchamp Foundation Roger and Debby Cutler Martha Chapman, Tong Yan, First Violin Second Violin Joan and Bob Duff Nancy and Walter Bratic Robert Johnson, Christopher Neal, First Violin Associate Principal Horn Mr. Gordon J. Brodfuehrer The Ensell Family Maki Kubota, Cello Donald Howey, Double Bass Ralph Burch Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gangelhoff Robin Kesselman, Judy Dines, Flute Principal Double Bass Stephen and Mariglyn Glenn Barbara J. Burger Christian Schubert, Clarinet Andrew Pedersen, Double Bass Evan B. Glick Mary Kathryn Campion, PhD Tong Yan, First Violin Rodica Gonzalez, First Violin Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Gorman Drs. Dennis and Susan Carlyle Christopher French, Louis-Marie Fardet, Cello Associate Principal Cello Jane Cizik Gary L. Hollingsworth and Qi Ming, Assistant Kenneth J. Hyde Concertmaster Robert Walp, Janet F. Clark Assistant Principal Trumpet MuChen Hsieh, Drs. M.S. and Marie-Luise Kalsi Principal Second Violin Eric Halen, Co-Concertmaster Michael H. Clark and Joan Kaplan Sallie Morian Mark Nuccio, Principal Clarinet George W. Pascal, Assistant Principal Viola Dr. Sippi and Mr. Ajay Khurana David Connor, Double Bass – Community-Embedded Musician 60 | Houston Symphony

Dr. and Mrs. I. Ray Kirk John C. Parker, Associate Principal Trumpet Dr. William and Alice Kopp Leonardo Soto, Principal Timpani Rochelle and Max Levit Sergei Galperin, First Violin Cora Sue and Harry Mach Joan DerHovsepian, Acting Principal Viola Joella and Steven P. Mach Eric Larson, Double Bass Mrs. Carolyn and Dr. Michael Mann Ian Mayton, Horn Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. Margolis Eric Halen, Co-Concertmaster Mr. and Mrs. J. Stephen Marks Brian Del Signore, Principal Percussion Mr. Jay Marks Sergei Galperin, First Violin Michelle and Jack Matzer Kurt Johnson, First Violin Barbara and Pat McCelvey Adam Dinitz, English Horn Muffy and Mike McLanahan William VerMeulen, Principal Horn Martha and Marvin McMurrey Rodica Gonzalez, First Violin

Rita and Paul Morico Elise Wagner, Bassoon

Mr. Glen A. Rosenbaum Margaret Waisman, M.D. and Aralee Dorough, Principal Flute Steven S. Callahan, Ph.D. Mark Griffith, Percussion Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Nelson John and Lindy Rydman / Mihaela Frusina, Second Violin Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Stephen and Kristine Wallace Finer Foods Rian Craypo, Scott and Judy Nyquist Anthony Kitai, Cello Principal Bassoon Sheldon Person, Viola Mr. and Mrs. James A. Shaffer Mr. and Mrs. Fredric A. Weber Dr. Susan Osterberg and Eric Halen, Co-Concertmaster Megan Conley, Principal Harp Mr. Edward C. Osterberg Jr. MiHee Chung, First Violin Margaret and Joel Shannon Robert G. Weiner and Rainel Joubert, Violin – Toni Blankman Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan E. Parker Community-Embedded Anastasia Ehrlich, Nancy Goodearl, Horn Musician Second Violin Gloria and Joe Pryzant Tad and Suzanne Smith Vicki West Matthew Strauss, Percussion Marina Brubaker, First Violin Rodica Gonzalez, First Violin Jean and Allan Quiat Alana R. Spiwak and Sam L. Steven and Nancy Williams Phillip Freeman, Bass Trombone Stolbun MiHee Chung, First Violin Ron and Demi Rand Wei Jiang, Acting Associate Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Annie Chen, Second Violin Principal Viola Wallace S. Wilson Lila Rauch Mike Stude Xiao Wong, Cello Christopher French, Brinton Averil Smith, Bequest from the Estate of Associate Principal Cello Principal Cello Ed Wulfe Ed & Janet Rinehart Bobby and Phoebe Tudor Dave Kirk, Principal Tuba Amy Semes, Bradley White, Nina and Michael Zilkha Associate Principal Violin Acting Principal Trombone Kurt Johnson, First Violin Mrs. Sybil F. Roos Judith Vincent Mark Hughes, Matthew Roitstein, Principal Trumpet Associate Principal Flute

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Love Your Symphony, Support Your Symphony By making a gift to the Houston Symphony Annual Fund, you are making a difference to music in Houston and to our community: • The orchestra’s artistic excellence has never been greater—which allows us to attract the industry’s finest artists, both here in the United States and around the world. • The 89 artists comprising our orchestra have dedicated their whole lives to their art form. Whether they’ve been a part of the orchestra for a few months or a few decades, they are your fellow Houstonians. • Your Symphony is passionate about delivering music for everyone and to providing the benefits of music education to students across Greater Houston, nurturing our city’s next generation of musicians and music lovers.

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Celebrate the beginning of spring by loving your Symphony! And through your gift, you can also enjoy a range of benefits, including: • Complimentary beverages in the Virtuoso Lounge before concerts and during intermission • Valet parking, drink vouchers, and invitations for private rehearsals • And our Conductor’s Circle members ($5,000+) enjoy further benefits like complimentary valet parking, VIP Green Room access, and special insider event invitations Donate Today

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