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ON STAGE AND OFF
the Annual Fund before Houston Symphony’s Centennial 13 Support 26 The May 31! For every gift of $25 Season begins this summer! Don’t miss
5 Credits 43 Donors 15 Education and Community Engagement Programs 40 Endowment Trust 4 Hans Graf 38 Houston Symphony Chorus 39 Houston Symphony League 6 Letter to Patrons 7 New Century Society 14 Orchestra and Staff 42 Symphony Society
or more, a consortium of board members will donate $50 to the Annual Fund. Read page 13 for more details.
the orchestra’s Birthday Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 21, as well as many other memorable concerts this season.
26 2013 Summer Concert Preview 52 Backstage Pass 13 Bonus Gift Campaign 8 Hans Graf Tribute 10 Houston Symphony Ball 12 Special Centennial Events
12 seasons, Music Director Hans Graf performs his final 8 After concerts in that role with the Houston Symphony on May 17 and 18. Read all about his profound tenure with the orchestra on page 8.
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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 and concludes it with his farewell concerts on May 17-18 in Jones Hall. 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 Musicale 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.
We gratefully recognize those who have made Annual Fund gifts in honor of Hans Graf this spring to recognize his 12 years of service as Music Director of the Houston Symphony: Mr. Saied M. Alavi Mr. & Mrs. Guy Almes Jack & Ruth Alpert Mrs. Julie Alvarado Mr. & Mrs. Ed Ambs Mr. Sean Andrews Ms. Andree Antony Mr. & Mrs. John M. Arnsparger Mr. & Mrs. James L. Austin Dr. & Mrs. Francisco Aviles-Roig Dr. Yangjin Bae Mr. Lorenzo Bailey Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth W. Bartz Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Bayens Ms. Marie C. Bergen Ms. Dorothy B. Black Mrs. Carol Block Ms. Lucy Borja Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Brougher Mr. Larry Buchanan Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Bullitt Mrs. Anne H. Bushman Mr. Oleg Buyankin Mrs. Miriam Byrd Don & Jeanne Callaghan Mr. & Mrs. Luis J. Cardenas Jr. Mrs. Lily Carrigan Father Paul Chovanec Virginia A. Clark Ms. Barbara A. Clark Victor & Marcie Corder Ms. Jeanne A. Cox Mrs. Walter Crofton Mr. & Mrs. John E. Cutler Ms. Dianne Daly & Mr. John C. Smith Ms. Nina DeBelo
Mr. Ken Dies Mr. & Mrs. Pete Dotsey Mr. & Mrs. Detlef Drews Mr. & Mrs. William K. Dwyer Lore & Louis Feldman Mr. Richard Field Barbara S. Fitch Mr. Ed Fleming Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Foley Mrs. Patti O. Fox Robert A. Furse, M.D. Mr. Medardo Garza Ms. Clarice Gatlin Mr. & Mrs. Neil Gaynor Mr. Bob Gillebaard Dr. & Mrs. Jacob Goldberg Mr. & Mrs. Joseph R. Guarisco Jr. Mr. Brian Harrington Fred Deen Herring Mr. Michael C. Howard Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hulen Deborah O. Jennings Mr. Edwin Jennings Mr. & Mrs. Steve Johnson Mrs. Julie Jones Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Kaestner Mr. Alexander Katenko Mr. Thomas King Ms. Charlotte Klebanoff Ms. Bernice Klepac Mr. & Mrs. Vladmir Kleynerman Dr. & Mrs. Michael Koehl Mr. Kenneth M. Landgren Mr. Laren Leander Mr. & Mrs. W. Gardner Lewis Mr. James C. Lindsey
Lisle Violin Shop Mr. & Mrs. Jon P. Lorence Ms. Barbara Manna Dr. Robert Mayhew Mr. Tom McBride Ms. Virginia Mead Joan K. Mercado Mr. Josh Miller Ginni & Richard Mithoff Mr. Leonard Mocek Mr. Julio A. Montano Ms. Deborah Moran Ms. Audrey Nath Mr. Bobbitt Noel Mr. & Mrs. Rufus W. Oliver III Mr. Earl Osborne Mr. Les Palmer Mr. Douglas Petitt Rev. & Mrs. John W. Price Ophelia L. Pujol Mr. Lev Rabinowitz Mr. Morris Rapoport Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Reilly Ms. Paula Riehle Mr. & Mrs. George Rittenhouse Mr. Jerry Rochman Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Ryan Dr. Franklin Sazama & Dr. Kathleen J. Sazama Ms. Cynthia Scanland Mr. Robert Scott Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. Silva Mr. & Mrs. Arthur A. Simon Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Ben J. Smusz Ms. Sharon B. Staffel Alice Steele
Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Steinman Mr. & Mrs. Herbert U. Stern Mr. Richard G. Stout Dr. & Mrs. David Sufian Jerry & Pat Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Symon Mr. Tas C. Thornhill Jr. Ms. Sylvia P. Torres Mr. & Mrs. Edmunds Travis Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Vadim I. Tunitsky Dr. & Mrs. Brad Urquhart Stephen & Kristine Wallace Mrs. Corinne H. Wheeler Carolyn & John Wildenthal Mr. & Mrs. James R. Wilhite Mr. & Mrs. George R. Williams Dr. Wayne Wilner Ms. Anna Winter Wingfield Mrs. Peggy J. Wylie Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Yeager Mr. John Young Mrs. Zoula P. Zein-Eldin Mr. Wang Zhou Erla & Harry Zuber Anonymous (14) As of April 10, 2013 To note any errors or omissions, please contact Darryl de Mello at (713) 337-8529.
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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. May 2013
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LETTER TO PATRONS
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Robert A. Peiser President
Mark C. Hanson Executive Director/CEO
We look forward to seeing you this month as we celebrate Hans Graf in his final concerts as our 15th Music Director. We couldn’t be more proud of Hans’ achievements. Please turn to pages 8 and 9 for more on his record-setting 12-year tenure with the Houston Symphony. One of Hans’ legacies is his annual fete, the Maestro’s Wine Dinner & Collectors’ Auction, which will be held on Sunday, May 19. Chairmen Judy and Rodney Margolis and Mary Lynn and Steve Marks have personal friendships with Hans and his wife, Rita, and they have prepared a memory-making celebration featuring fine wines and a multi-course dinner on the Jones Hall stage. Special guests will include previous executive directors Ann Kennedy and Matthew VanBesien who worked with Hans over the years. Please join us to raise a glass to our outgoing maestro! Space is limited, so contact us immediately for more information on tickets and tables: email@example.com or (713) 238-1485. Our Centennial year will kick off on June 1 with the Finals Concert of the 38th annual Ima Hogg Competition. Through the generous donation of Symphony patrons, John and Tracy Dennis, and in honor of John’s grandmother, the Grace Woodson Memorial Award has been increased from $5,000 to $25,000, in addition to an increase in the entire prize pool from $9,300 to $42,000. Another perk for 2013, is that the event can now be considered a no-risk competition for the contestants with air travel generously donated by United Airlines and lodging and meals provided by Symphony volunteers. You can read about this competition on page 15. Tickets for the exciting finale concert with our full orchestra can be purchased online via houstonsymphony.org. Fan favorite Pink Martini returns to Houston for the final Pops program of the season on May 24, 25 and 26. This year, the band will be joined by Ari Shapiro of NPR fame as a guest vocalist. Shapiro has appeared on recordings with Pink Martini, and we are delighted to welcome all to Houston. Have you heard? Make a gift today and the Houston Symphony gets an additional $50! A consortium of our board members will give the Symphony a bonus gift of $50 for every donation of $25 or more received by May 31. Read all about this opportunity on page 13. Please consider making this important season-ending gift by visiting the Annual Fund booth in the lobby, by going to our website www.houstonsymphony.org/annualfund or by contacting Darryl de Mello, Annual Fund Manager, at (713) 337-8529.
New Century Society for Artistic Excellence and Innovation The New Century Society recognizes the Houston Symphonyâ€™s most committed and loyal supporters who have pledged their leadership support over a three-year period to help secure the Orchestraâ€™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.
Janice H. Barrow Mr. George P. Mitchell Mrs. Kitty King Powell Bobby & Phoebe Tudor Margaret Alkek Williams Lieutenant Governor & Mrs. David H. Dewhurst Mr. & Mrs. Jim R. Smith Mr. Mike Stude Mr. & Mrs. Jesse B. Tutor
Rochelle & Max Levit Cora Sue & Harry Mach Joella & Steven P. Mach The Methodist Hospital System Nancy & Robert Peiser Laura & Michael Shannon Baker Botts L.L.P. Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Blackburne Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John P. Dennis III Stephen & Mariglyn Glenn Wells Fargo
“In my 30-year tenure on the Board, Hans was the first to bring us all together….We work together better than ever – as a Board, staff, musicians and even the audience. His greatest legacy is that he is leaving us with a great orchestra with a can-do attitude – a harmonious team working to make a contribution to the Houston community.”
– Mike Stude Houston Symphony Board Chairman Emeritus
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In 2006, Hans made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Houston Symphony in a concert that generated two articles in The New York Times Arts section.
The Symphony commissioned this drawing by famed American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld to mark Hans’ arrival to Houston.
Hans’ love for wine inspired the creation of an annual fundraising event, “Maestro’s Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction.”
Hans’ baton is quite unique. He inserted a standard conducting baton into a champagne cork—a grip and feel that he prefers. The cork is from a 1928 Krug, a vintage that Sotheby’s auction house called “one of the greatest Champagnes ever made.” This baton even flew into space with NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld who presented it to Hans before the world premiere of The Planets—An HD Odyssey in January 2010.
CELEBRATING 12 YEARS
his month, Hans Graf will step down from his role as the 15th Music Director of the Houston Symphony, marking the end of a successful 12-year tenure with our institution. This accomplishment makes him the longest-serving music director in Houston Symphony history—one season longer than the tenures of prior music directors Ernst Hoffmann and Christoph Eschenbach. Hans first led the Houston Symphony in March 2000 in programs of Schubert, John Adams, Mozart and a particularly thrilling interpretation of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony Chorus. Since his Houston debut, Hans has brought an incredibly broad range of music, from Bach to Bruckner to Jalbert and a critically acclaimed presentation of Berg’s Wozzeck. A sense of adventure and partnership have marked the artistic direction Hans has brought to the community, demonstrated through partnerships with NASA, Holocaust Museum Houston, Russian Cultural Center, CoCathedral of the Sacred Heart and area schools and universities, to name just a few. Despite a landscape of financial challenges, including a flood and economic downturns, Hans’ steady hand guided the projects that garnered high praise for the Houston Symphony. The Planets—An HD Odyssey, a Hans-inspired project, was a critical success and continues to be the Symphony’s largest revenue grossing project ever. His love for wine inspired the creation of a new event, “Maestro’s Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction,” that annualy raises significant funds for the Houston Symphony League’s Ima Hogg Competition and the community activities of Houston Symphony musicians. With touring seen as a luxury for many orchestras, Hans led the Houston Symphony on three tours to Carnegie Hall, two appearances in Florida, a sold-out, seven-city tour in the United Kingdom and two performances in Moscow, Russia. He conducted three commercial CDs along with a handful of private releases. He commissioned 11 pieces of music and championed the reintroduction of selections from The Fanfare Project, a collection of 21 fanfares from American composers commissioned by the Houston Symphony for Texas’ sesquicentennial in 1986. Overall, he will have conducted the Houston Symphony more than 400 times in more than 175 programs. On behalf of the entire Houston Symphony family, thank you, Hans, for your historymaking 12 years—an incredible reign of musical achievements, inspiring programs and unwavering support that will never be forgotten. We look forward to many future concerts with you as Conductor Laureate. May 2013
HOUSTON SYMPHONY BALL
2013 Houston Symphony Ball, Russian Rhapsody: A White Night Salute to Hans and Margarita Graf Thank you for your generous support of the Houston Symphony’s 2013 Ball, Russian Rhapsody: A White Night Salute to Hans and Margarita Graf. We appreciate all of our supporters who made the evening an extraordinary success, raising $1.3 million— a record-setting achievement.
Chairman Phoebe Tudor and Honoree Maestro Hans Graf
Ball Chairmen Bobby and Phoebe Tudor
Christina Hanson and Executive Director/CEO Mark Hanson
Mayor Annise D. Parker and Marie Bosarge
Nancy Peiser and Houston Symphony Society Board President Bob Peiser 10
Honorees Margarita and Hans Graf
Honorees Margarita and Hans Graf, Community Partner Honoree Rice University’s Dean Robert Yekovich of the Shepherd School of Music and wife, Michele Yekovich, together with President David Leebron and wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun.
Jazz Musician Jeremy Davenport
Darlene and Cappy Bisso
Betty Tutor and Chairman of the Board Jess Tutor
Lindy and John Rydman Harry and Cora Sue Mach with Joella and Steve Mach
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Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel
Mel and Susie Glasscock
After Party Chairmen Jason and Lindley Arnoldy May 2013 11
SPECIAL CENTENNIAL EVENTS
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Opening Night Gala – An Evening with Renée Fleming
Dr. Mike & Carolyn Mann, Chairmen Dr. Paul & Kathy Mann, Chairmen
Saturday, September 7, 2013 Jones Hall and The Corinthian Carolyn & Dr. Mike Mann, Chairmen Kathy & Dr. Paul Mann, Chairmen Be a part of this remarkable event that will kick-off the Houston Symphony’s Centennial Season, as well as the social event season in Houston! Enjoy a sensational Opening Night performance at Jones Hall with opera superstar Renée Fleming and the Houston Symphony. Continue the evening with elegance and flair at our Centennial black-tie dinner and dance at The Corinthian, featuring the incomparable cuisine of Jackson and Company—and the memorable sounds of the Richard Brown Orchestra. Individual tickets for Concert and Black-Tie Dinner start at $1,000 Concert Seating and Tables for 10 start at $7,500
Centennial Wine Dinner and Auction
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Friday, March 7, 2014 Jones Hall Lindy & John Rydman, Chairmen Lisa & Hermen Key, Chairmen Join us for one of the most celebrated events of the Symphony Season, as you sit on the stage of Jones Hall, enjoying a delectable multi-course menu, carefully paired with wines selected by the Rydmans and the Keys, two generations of leaders at Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods. Connoisseurs will also have the opportunity to bid at our Collector’s Auction, featuring some of the finest wines and wine-related packages—all to support the Houston Symphony! Individual tickets for the Black-Tie Dinner start at $750 Tables for 10 start at $7,500 John & Lindy Rydman, Chairmen Lisa & Hermen Key, Chairmen
The Centennial Ball
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Saturday, May 17, 2014 Jones Hall Cora Sue & Harry Mach, Chairmen Joella & Steve Mach, Chairmen Make plans to join us for the dramatic culmination of our Centennial Season at the Houston Symphony Centennial Ball. Be a part of history as we celebrate this momentous occasion on a massive stage in Jones Hall, the home of the Houston Symphony. Experience an evening filled with opulence befitting a celebration of 100 years of extraordinary music, cuisine and Symphony glamour! Individual tickets for the Centennial Ball start at $3,000 Tables for 10 start at $25,000 Harry & Cora Sue Mach, Chairmen Joella & Steve Mach, Chairmen
For more information about these Centennial Special Events, please contact Stephanie Jones, Senior Director, Events and League Relations at: (713) 238-1485 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 12
Bonus Gift Campaign
Make a gift, and the Houston Symphony receives an additional $50! A consortium of Board members will provide the Houston Symphony with a bonus gift of $50 for every donation of $25 or more received by May 31. In the past two years, with the help of the Houston Endowment Challenge, the Houston Symphony has had great success in doubling the number of individual Annual Fund donors to more than 5,500. The funds raised have allowed us to invest in our artistic programming at Jones Hall, as well as other venues, and expand education and outreach programs in the community. As we approach the end of our 99th year, a consortium of donors from the Board, led by Houston Symphony Society President Bob Peiser, has created a fund to inspire you to renew your support and also to encourage new Annual Fund supporters. Other participating Board members are Billy McCartney and Jerry Simon. These of Board members will provide the Houston Symphony with a bonus gift of $50 for every donation of $25 or more received by May 31. Please consider making your gift today to take advantage of this special opportunity. 1,000 gifts will result in an additional $50,000 for the Houston Symphony! Last May, more than 1,000 people generously donated to the campaign while attending concerts at Jones Hall.
Join us by making your contribution today! Here’s how: 1. V isit the Annual Fund booth inside Jones Hall at today’s performance. 2. U se the envelope enclosed in the magazine and send your contribution to: Development Department Houston Symphony 615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102 Houston, Texas 77002 3. M ake your gift online at www.houstonsymphony.org/annualfund 4. C all Darryl de Mello, Annual Fund Manager, at (713) 337-8529 to make your gift by phone.
If you make your gift at Jones Hall today, you will receive a special thank you from the Houston Symphony!
POPS MATCHING GIFT CAMPAIGN—Thank You SYBIL! In February, longtime subscriber and donor Mrs. Sybil F. Roos generously offered to match all new or increased gifts in support of the Houston Symphony POPS Annual Fund up to $50,000. Just a few weeks into the campaign, the goal of $50,000 was met, and Ms. Roos decided to keep the campaign going. By the end of the campaign, 293 donors had contributed $107,000 that was matched dollar-for-dollar by Ms. Roos for a grand total of $214,000 in support of POPS! Thank you to Ms. Roos and every Houston Symphony POPS supporter who participated in this inspirational campaign.
Mrs. Sybil F. Roos and Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes May 2013 13
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
EducaTIon and Community Engagement Programs
A Chance Like No Other
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I found out that I actually did win, I was most excited because it meant I’d get to play with the Houston Symphony once again.” Two months after her win, Levin returned to perform for 2,700 people at Since 1976, the Houston Symphony League the Houston Chronicle Dollar Concert. has presented the Ima Hogg Competition, This year’s semifinalists were one of the world’s only multi-instrument selected from 135 applicants between competitions. Throughout the last week ages 13 and 30, representing 17 counof May, the League will host 10 of the tries throughout the world. Among them, country’s most talented, young musicians. Consistently discovering high-quality musi- 2012 Gold Medal winner Megan Levin performing her there will be seven different instruments cians over the years, this year’s Competition winning concerto alongside the Houston Symphony at and musicians representing six countries. One of the city’s best kept secrets, boasts some of the highest cash awards the Finals Concert in Stude Concert Hall. the semifinals are FREE and open to the public. The semifinalists among competitions throughout the world. With a total prize pool that have selected two concertos to perform on Thursday, May 30th, has been raised from $9,300 to $42,000, four of the 10 semifinalists from 9 am to 4 pm, in Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall. The will walk away with a prize between $1,000 to $25,000. pool will be narrowed to four finalists, and Houstonians will have Competitions like this can be pivotal and inspiring points in a the incredible opportunity to watch them perform their full conyoung musician’s career. One of the main reasons this Competicerto with the Houston Symphony on June 1 at 7 pm in Stude tion is so popular is because the semifinalists have a significant Concert Hall. The winners will be announced immediately followchance (40 percent) of performing a full concerto with a worlding the event. Visit houstonsymphony.org for more information class orchestra at the Finals Concert. Last year’s gold medalist, about tickets and the contestants or look for updates about the 29-year-old harpist, Megan Levin, recalled the moments after her Competition on Facebook and Twitter (@housymphony) with the big win, “When I walked off stage…I felt like I was walking on air. hashtag (#imahogg2013). The outcome honestly didn’t matter to me; I’d already won. When
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 Mr. & Mrs. John P. Dennis III 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 Schlumberger, Ltd. 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 May 2013 15
MAY 2, 4-5 2013
Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 Hans Graf, conductor | Eugene Ugorski, violin Thursday, May 2, 2013 8 pm Saturday, May 4, 2013 8 pm Sunday, May 5, 2013 2:30 pm
Sugar Land Baptist Church Jones Hall Jones Hall
Mozart Symphony No. 19 in E-flat major, K.132 I Allegro II Andante III Menuetto and Trio IV Allegro
Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D I Toccata: Tempo L = 120 II Aria I: Tempo L = 116 III Aria II: Tempo J = 48 IV Capriccio: Tempo J = 120—Presto
The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550 I Molto Allegro II Andante III Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto IV Allegro assai
Hans Graf’s biography appears on page 4.
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NOTES BY CARL CUNNINGHAM | MAY 2-5 SYMPHONY NO. 19 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, K.132 Wolfgang Amadè Mozart (1756-1791) Recording Sir Charles Mackerras, Prague Chamber Orchestra (Telarc) Instrumentation two oboes, four horns and strings
Thursday’s performance at Sugar Land Baptist Church is supported in part by
his Symphony was composed in Salzburg in July 1772, during a nine-month period the 16-year-old composer and his father spent at home in the midst of three trips to Italy, where they traveled the better part of two years. The Symphony has some novel traits. Its main theme was again used in Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K.482. The exposition in its sturdy opening sonata movement is not
Shell Favorite Masters Series
The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of this concert weekend: Patrons Anonymous 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. May 2013 17
NOTES | MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO. 40 | MAY 2-5 repeated, but immediately opens out into a brief but earnest development of the main theme’s trill-laden motif. Overall, the movement is zestful and polished, exhibiting Mozart’s accomplished talent. The slow movement quotes a melody from an old German Christmas carol, “Lieber, Joseph lieber mein” (“Beloved, my beloved Joseph”), which Mozart placed as a little running-note figure in the second-violin part, underneath the movement’s secondary theme played in the first-violin part. The tune of the carol was reportedly played at Christmastime on the carillon in the Prince-Archbishop’s castle, overlooking the town of Salzburg. The two violin parts engage in a musical fencing match during the minuet, briefly chasing each other in a canonic duet. The trio section is played by the strings alone and is virtually without any melody. The finale takes the form of a lively French-style contredanse en rondeau, rather than its Italian rondo counterpart. It is essentially a chain of dances and refrains, with different tunes between each return of the main melody (ABACADA). The second of these contrasting tunes ventures into the minor key, while the third makes great sport of sudden changes between loud and soft playing.
VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Recording Mark Kaplan, violin; Lawrence Foster conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra (Koch) Instrumentation piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, three clarinets, (one doubling E-flat clarinet), three bassoons (one doubling contrabassoon), four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion and strings The 1930s brought forth a bumper crop of major violin concertos. The 1931 concerto by Igor Stravinsky was followed by violin concertos from Alban Berg (1935), Arnold Schoenberg (1936), Béla Bartók (1938), Paul Hindemith and Sir William Walton (both in 1939). Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto also came at a time when he was intently focused upon writing concertos. Two years earlier, he had composed his Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra; the Concerto for Two Solo Pianos and the Dumbarton Oaks Chamber Concerto came after the Violin Concerto in 1936 and 1937. The Violin Concerto was prompted by a suggestion from Willy Strecker, a director at Stravinsky’s publishing house, Schott and Sons in Mainz. Strecker also introduced the composer to the young Polish-American violinist, Samuel Dushkin, who collaborated with Stravinsky in shaping technical aspects of the solo part and gave the premiere on October 23, 1931, with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. In writing this and other concertos of the period, Stravinsky stated that his goal was not to compose a glittering virtuoso showpiece for a soloist with only a bland orchestra accompaniment, after the fashion of 19th-century concertos by Chopin or Paganini. Instead, he intended to provide a true thematic dialogue between soloist and orchestra, more in accord with principles of the 18thcentury Baroque concerto. As things turned out, both principles are blended into the Violin Concerto. Its Baroque traits include a structure of four movements, rather than three, a throwback to the concertos of Handel 18
and Arcangelo Corelli. The movements are given quasi-baroque titles: a toccata, two central arias and a capriccio for the finale. Thematic ideas, especially in the first two movements, revolve around a Baroque melodic ornament called the turn, which rapidly moves above, then below a given note. Stravinsky’s themes in the concerto are often set in Baroque-style motor rhythms, which either have a steady motoric pulse or starchy long-short dotted rhythms. But artifacts of the showy 19th-century concertos’ virtuoso style also emerge in the solo line, where the music easily turns to acrobatic effects rather than furthering the progress of the thematic dialogue. In another gesture to 19th-century tradition, the soloist dominates the musical conversation rather than sharing it equally with the orchestra. And artifacts of the Classical style that stood between the Baroque and Romantic eras also emerge in the two outer movements, which respectively carry traits of the sonata and rondo forms that superseded the older ritornello forms of the baroque concerto. Because Stravinsky was not a violinist, he was hesitant to write a concerto for the instrument. He even asked Hindemith, who was a noted viola player, about the advisability of taking on such a project for Dushkin. Hindemith assured him that for that very reason, he would be able to avoid hack violinistic formulas and write more original-sounding music for the instrument. Dushkin, of course, helped Stravinsky sort out passages that were not technically feasible on the violin, and offered suggestions in reshaping them, just as violinist Joseph Joachim had done for the violin concertos of Brahms and several other 19th-century composers.
THE CHAIRMAN DANCES, FOXTROT FOR ORCHESTRA John Adams (1947-) Recording Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (EMI Classics) Instrumentation two flutes (both doubling piccolo), two oboes, two clarinets (one doubling bass clarinet), two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, two trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, piano and strings John Adams’ opera, Nixon in China, concludes with a dinner party hosted by President and Mrs. Nixon for Chairman and Madame Mao. However, the mood is sadder and more reflective than the dance music Adams composed for the act. So, The Chairman Dances became a separate orchestral foxtrot. The piece begins with pulsating rhythms, gradually becoming more agitated until a sentimental, seductive melody rises out of the orchestral texture. Finally, it dies away in a few bars of solo piano music. Mao and his wife have dreamt they were young again, dancing to the gramophone on a warm, humid night in Yenan. The printed music for J. Adams’ The Chairman Dances was donated by Mr. Ralph F. Frankowski.
SYMPHONY NO. 40 IN G MINOR, K.550 Wolfgang Amadè Mozart (1756-1791) Recording Sir Charles Mackerras, Prague Chamber Orchestra (Telarc)
NOTES | MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO. 40 | MAY 2-5 Instrumentation flute, pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns and strings More words have been written about Mozart’s last three symphonies, and especially the G minor Symphony, than any of his other works in that form. While much of this prose centers upon the individuality and magnificence of these works, there is also much discussion about why they were composed, since it remains a mystery whether the composer ever heard them performed. As Mozart scholar Neal Zaslaw notes, Mozart’s music is full of wonderful idealism, but he did not write music solely to express idealistic goals; he wrote to earn money, pay the rent and put food on the table. But for all their posthumous fame, there is no documented performance of any of these three symphonies during Mozart’s lifetime and apart from teaching students, such performances were his principal means of earning a living. In June of 1788, about a month before the work was completed on July 25, Mozart wrote in a letter about a series of concerts he planned to give, but there is no record that the concerts ever took place. There has been much speculation that at least one of the last three symphonies was performed on one of two German tours Mozart made during 1789 and 1790, or even in Vienna as late as April 1791, eight months before Mozart’s death. Zaslaw notes that manuscript orchestral parts of the G minor Symphony, “which may date from Mozart’s lifetime,” are to be found in several libraries and monasteries throughout Germany and the Austrian empire. And Mozart scholar H. C. Robbins Landon takes note of a quote that “a new large symphony by Mozart” opened the aforementioned 1791 concert in Vienna, ironically conducted by Mozart’s longtime rival, Antonio Salieri. The fact that Mozart revised the G minor Symphony, adding clarinets and re-writing the oboe parts, is a further argument that it must have been performed somewhere, but an actual confirmation of that seems hard to come by. The Symphony is famous for its minorkey tonality, being one of only three such works in the Mozart symphonic repertoire (including the recently discovered youthful A minor Symphony). It is also noted for the sad, sighing shape of its opening theme and the expressive chromaticism of its secondary theme. The slow movement rises from a
mood of Mozartean serenity to strong dramatic moments at its center, and the stern Minuet is memorable for its syncopated rhythm and its rigorous contrapuntal texture. Only in the Trio section does the mood turn unexpectedly sunny. The darker implications of the Symphony return in its boiling finale. ©2013, Carl R. Cunningham
Biography EUGENE UGORSKI, violin Exceptional young Russian violinist Eugene Ugorski has already, at age 23, amassed a wealth of international experience at the highest level. He possesses a technical ease and a youthful exuberance in his playing, as well as a rich, dark tone resonant of the old Russian continued on page 37
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MAY 3, 2013
Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 Hans Graf, conductor Eugene Ugorski, violin | Miles Hoffman, host
Friday, May 3, 2013 7:30 pm
Evening Schedule: 6:30 pm Pre-Concert Mix & Mingle Tapas available for purchase and Cash Bar Musical entertainment Location: Main Lobby 7:30 pm
Concert with Host Miles Hoffman
Post-Concert Q & A with the artists and host Location: Theater
Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D I Toccata: Tempo L = 120 II Aria I: Tempo L = 116 III Aria II: Tempo J = 48 IV Capriccio: Tempo J = 120—Presto
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550 I Molto Allegro II Andante III Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto IV Allegro assai
Hans Graf’s biography appears on page 4. Eugene Ugorski’s biography appears on page 19. Program notes begin on page 17.
BIOGRAPHY | MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO. 40 | MAY 3
The ACCESS Series is sponsored in part by: City of Houston & Theatre District Improvement, Inc. Mach Family Audience Development Fund MILES HOFFMAN, host Shell Favorite Masters Series
The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of this concert weekend: Patrons Anonymous 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
This concert is being recorded for future broadcast on Classical 91.7 FM, the Radio Voice of the Houston Symphony.
As music commentator for Morning Edition, National Public Radio’s flagship news program, Miles Hoffman is heard regularly by a national audience of some 14 million people. His sparkling feature, “Coming to Terms,” was a weekly favorite for 13 years (1989-2002) on NPR’s Performance Today, and he is the author of The NPR Classical Music Companion, now in its 10th printing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). In South Carolina, Hoffman’s “musical module,” A Minute with Miles, is heard daily on South Carolina ETV Public Radio. A graduate of Yale University and The Juilliard School, Hoffman is a nationallyrenowned violist. He is the founder and violist of The American Chamber Players. He has given viola and chamber music classes and masterclasses at countless colleges and universities. He has presented keynote addresses for the International Viola Congress, the American String Teachers Association National Conference and the National Conference of the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio. In 2003, he gave the commencement address at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his activities as a performer and educator. He has collaborated as host or lecturer with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, the Richmond Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. Hoffman lives in Spartanburg, SC, where he is associate professor of viola at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College and artistic director of the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series. May 2013 21
MAY 9, 11-12, 2013
Chopin & Beethoven Hans Graf, conductor | Janina Fialkowska, piano
Thursday, May 9, 2013 8 pm Saturday, May 11, 2013 8 pm Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:30 pm
Overture to Euryanthe, Opus 81
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Opus 21 I Maestoso II Larghetto III Allegro vivace I
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 (Eroica) I Allegro con brio II Marcia funebre: Adagio assai III Scherzo and Trio: Allegro vivace IV Finale: Allegro molto
Hans Grafâ€™s biography appears on page 4. These concerts are being recorded for future broadcast on Classical 91.7 FM, the Radio Voice of the Houston Symphony.
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CHOPIN & BEETHOVEN | MAY 9, 11-12
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The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of this concert weekend: Sponsor The Cullen Foundation Maestro’s Fund United Airlines Partner Dede & Connie Weil Patron Mr. & Mrs. Philip A. Bahr Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bratic Jane & Robert Cizik The Classical Season is endowed by The Wortham Foundation, Inc. in memory of Gus S. and Lyndall F. Wortham. The SoundPlusVision series is sponsored by Margaret Alkek Williams and supported in part by The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Endowed Fund for Creative Initiatives. 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
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NOTES BY CARL CUNNINGHAM | MAY 9, 11-12 OVERTURE TO EURYANTHE, OPUS 81 Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) Recording Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic (Sony) Instrumentation pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani and strings
eber’s operas—and primarily his grand Romantic opera Euryanthe—earned him a reputation as founder of the German Romantic school of composers. Following the acclaimed Berlin premiere of Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1821, he was invited to compose a new opera for Vienna in 1822. The work was not completed until 1823 and received the first of 20 performances at Vienna’s Kärntnertortheater on October 25 of that year. Though Euryanthe’s beautiful musical score is universally admired, this medieval romance about faithful lovers overcoming separation and jealous conspirators has generally been kept off the world’s operatic stages by its convoluted, poorly designed and much-revised libretto. Nevertheless, its thrilling overture has maintained a constant place in the repertoire as a prime example of Weber’s virtuosity as an orchestral composer. Set as a large sonata-form movement, the overture opens with a dashing flourish in the strings. The wind-ensemble theme toward the beginning of the overture and the lyrical second theme, stated by the violins, are both taken from operatic themes associated with the hero, Adolar. When the exposition has been completed, the overture is interrupted by a short, slow and quite haunting episode played by an octet of muted violins and the lower strings. In the opera, this whispered episode accompanies ghostly appearances of Adolar’s dead sister, Emma. The overture’s progress resumes with a vigorous fugal development section and a bold, sweeping restatement of its main themes. The printed music for Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe was donated by Houston Symphony League.
theme is organically designed, so that given elements grow out of their predecessors. The sentimental second theme in A-flat major is constructed in a more balanced question-answer phrase structure, stated first in the winds, then in the strings. A closing group of phrases ends the orchestral exposition, and the soloist enters with a downward flourish, repeating all of the themes in a highly decorative display of trills, mordents, octave work, rolled- or broken-chord passages, arpeggios, running scales and little cadenzas. The soloist runs this gauntlet of technical challenges almost without letup, breaking only to let the orchestra announce the beginning and end of the development section. Given the elaborate, quasi-improvisatory nature of Chopin’s keyboard style, there is little thematic working-out in the development, and the two main themes are neatly compressed and combined in the recapitulation. The second and third movements are essentially a nocturne and a mazurka with orchestral accompaniment. The Larghetto, reportedly inspired by Chopin’s first romantic affair, is one of his most breathtaking creations. In the limpid outer sections, heavily ornamented musical sentences alternate with largely unadorned right-hand melody, doubled at the octave. Pulsating string tremolos and a free-ranging ornamental recitative, give the central section a passionate declamatory quality. As in the slow movement, the keyboard texture of the finale is lighter than in the first movement. Though Chopin allegedly termed it a rondo, it is more a chain of dances with periodic restatements of the main melody, as is customary in his mazurkas, polonaises and waltzes. Following the opening strain and the first orchestral episode, the pianist pours out a stream of nimble melody in triplet eighth notes, almost as though the movement were a perpetualmotion piece. Just as Chopin colored the slow-movement orchestration with the tremolo effect, he calls upon the upper strings to play one section of the finale “col legno,” turning their bows over and tapping the strings with the wooden tip to produce an effect similar to the sound of castanets. The printed music for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Lack.
PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 IN F MINOR, OPUS 21
SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OPUS 55 (EROICA)
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1825)
Recording Janina Fialkowska, with Bramwell Tovey conducting the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (ATMA Classique)
Recording Karl Böhm conducting the Berlin Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon)
Instrumentation pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns and trumpets, timpani and strings
Instrumentation woodwinds in pairs, three horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings If one were to choose a work that spanned musical traditions yet separated eras in music, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony would be a prime example. It stems very strongly from 18th-century practices of symphonic composition but, like a great earthquake, it created a huge fissure between everything that came before and the orchestral style that developed in the following decades. Except for the addition of a third horn to the woodwind/brass complement, the instrumentation for the Eroica Symphony is no larger than that established by Haydn and Mozart in their last halfdozen symphonies. And there are certain thematic traits that go back
All of Chopin’s piano-orchestral works were composed between 1827 and 1831, just as the young pianist-composer was beginning an international touring career that led him to Paris for the last half of his short life. Because Chopin favored the intimacy of the small salon over larger concert halls and preferred to compose rather than perform music, the remainder of his piano music is for solo instrument and his fame as a pianist was built only upon some 30 public concerts. The angular dotted rhythm opening the first theme is common to many Chopin melodies. As in many sonata movements, the 24
NOTES | CHOPIN & BEETHOVEN | MAY 9, 11-12 to the very origins of symphonic form some 70 years earlier. The sharp “hammerstroke” chords that open the symphony are a heroic imitation of the three loud chords heard in countless tiny, frivolous little Italian sinfonias composed in Naples or Milan in the 1730s. They had merely been used to silence a noisy audience, but Beethoven made them into huge structural pillars that recur at crucial junctures throughout the first movement of the Eroica Symphony. And as in thousands of its predecessors, Beethoven’s Third Symphony opens with a simple theme that rocks gently up and down the notes of the E-flat major triad. The celebrated horn trio in the middle of the Scherzo observes a time-honored tradition of featuring the wind instruments in that section of the movement. And, despite its huge architecture, its heroic character and its extraordinary technical demands, the Eroica is a work in which the sound of the string choir is still a basic orchestral element. So much for Beethoven’s debt to his forbears. Size, dramatic emphasis and a sense of self-importance were the new elements in Beethoven’s Eroica. It was the longest symphony written up to that time, although Beethoven’s C major and C minor piano concertos approached it in length. Along with its expanded dimensions, the Eroica Symphony also shifted the emphasis in a symphony from the first movement to the last, creating what became known as a “finale symphony” with the highly dramatic set of variations that conclude the work. The fugal finale of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony offers the only real precedent for Beethoven’s Eroica in this regard. Though the first-movement exposition is set forth as a typical set of short, pithy themes, the energy gathered in them foretells the scope of the musical structure Beethoven is about to erect in the symphony. As is frequently the case in a classical sonata movement, he avoids the main thematic materials during the first half of the development section, concentrating on materials previously heard in relatively less important transitional episodes between the exposition’s main themes. But developmental proceedings are suddenly interrupted by a brand new theme, in the quite foreign key of E-minor. Beethoven gradually introduces the opening triadic theme in a variety of tonalities that eventually lead back to the main key of E-flat major and a recapitulation continued on page 32
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2013 Summer Concert Preview
Community Concerts 2013 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition Stude Concert Hall – Rice University Now with a $25,000 First Prize: The Grace Woodson Memorial Award!
*Available day of at the Stude Concert Hall Box Office
Finals Concert Saturday, June 1, 2013 Tickets: Student Rush $10* Senior Rush $25*
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Semi-Final Round Thursday, May 30, 2013 Tickets: FREE
Day of Music A Free Day-Long Celebration of Houston’s Musical Diversity with Annual Houston Chronicle Concert Saturday, July 13, 2013, 10 am–10 pm Don’t miss this 12-hour festival showcasing Houston’s diverse musical landscape. The Houston Symphony opens and closes the day with a family concert in the morning and the annual Houston Chronicle Dollar Concert in the evening. In between, hear dozens of groups from the Houston community including The Conrad Johnson Orchestra, Clandestine, Milton Hopkins, the Kaminari Taiko Drums of Houston, and chamber musicians from Mercury and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Plus, sample some of Houston’s finest food truck fare next door on Jones Plaza.
Star-Spangled Salute Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:30 pm Michael Krajewski, conductor LaKisha Jones, vocalist Will Makar, vocalist Enjoy an evening with Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony listening to patriotic, toe-tapping music. American Idol finalists Will Makar and LaKisha Jones join the Symphony for this annual event. Don’t miss the booming cannons of the 1812 Overture, and wonder at the magnificent firework display provided by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Be sure to join us for this Houston tradition!
ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights FREE CONCERTS at Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Dr. Houston, Texas 77030 For more information, call (281) 373-3386 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com For more than 70 years, the Houston Symphony has thrilled Houstonians with live performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Sponsored in part by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, these concerts are FREE and open to the public. Hear great classical music under the stars on June 21, 22, 28 and 29. Plus, join us on the 4th of July for the annual Star-Spangled Salute concert. Find more details at right, and visit houstonsymphony.org.
Centennial 100th Birthday Concert Free Community Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday, June 21, 2013, 8:30 pm Robert Franz, conductor Celebrate the kick-off of the Centennial Season with a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre open to all of Houston. The orchestra will perform classical blockbusters like Beethoven’s Ode to Joy with the Houston Symphony Chorus, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and John Williams’ Celebration Fanfare, written for the Houston Symphony. Plus, hear music from The Planets—An HD Odyssey, paired with images of NASA’s exploration of the solar system projected on a giant screen.
Sounds Like Fun!
Free Family Concerts Around Houston Robert Franz, conductor This summer, the Houston Symphony comes to your neighborhood and continues its commitment to the community with its annual Sounds Like Fun! series. These FREE performances are relaxed, dynamic and designed for the whole family. Visit houstonsymphony.org for information about dates and locations.
Symphony Summer in the City
Video Games Live With All New Content!
Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm Tommy Tallarico, host Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor Laura Intravia, vocalist Join the Houston Symphony for a video game multimedia concert experience! The number one touring game concert in the world comes back to Houston for a show the New York Times calls “Captivating! Bombastic!” This immersive concert event features an all new program with music from the most popular video games of all time like Pokemon®, Skyrim®, Super Smash Bros®, and the Zelda®, World of Warcraft®, and Final Fantasy® series, combined with exclusive synchronized video, music arrangements, lighting and much more. Pre- and post-concert events include a costume contest, Guitar Hero® competition and a meet-and-greet with top composers and designers of the game industry. Come for a celebration of video games the entire family will enjoy. Tickets: from $35
Music of The Rolling Stones
Saturday, July 6, 7:30 pm Brent Havens, conductor Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist Hailed as the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012. This summer, conductor Brent Havens and vocalist Brody Dolyniuk join the Houston Symphony for a rock and roll tribute concert to The Rolling Stones with full orchestra featuring their hits like, “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction),” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Start Me Up,” “Ruby Tuesday” and more. Tickets: from $35
Pixar in Concert Music and Video
Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20, 7:30 pm Thomas Wilkins, conductor From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, for the first time ever, the Houston Symphony presents Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s 13 movies, including it’s latest release, Brave. Tickets: from $22
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Saturday, July 27, 7:30 pm Robby Robinson, conductor and keyboards One of the most successful vocal groups of the 1960s, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons join the Houston Symphony for an evening of smash hit singles. With his unmistakable falsetto voice, legendary status and impeccable harmonies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Frankie Valli will perform chart-topping favorites, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Sherry,” “Oh What a Night” and many more. Tickets: from $35 May 2013 27
MAY 17-18, 2013
A Graf Farewell Hans Graf, conductor Erin Wall, soprano | Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director
Friday, May 17, 2013 7:30 pm Saturday, May 18, 2013 7:30 pm
Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection) I Allegro maestoso, Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck II Andante moderato, Sehr gemächlich, Nie eilen III In ruhig fliessender Bewegung— IV Urlicht: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht— V Im Tempo des Scherzo, Wild herausfahrend—Langsam
Hans Graf’s biography appears on page 4. These concerts are being recorded for future broadcast on Classical 91.7 FM, the Radio Voice of the Houston Symphony.
NOTES BY CARL CUNNINGHAM | MAY 17-18 The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following donors to A Graf Farewell: Underwriter Mrs. Marie T. & Dr. Ed Bosarge The Brown Foundation, Inc. The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Mr. Mike Stude Sponsor Janice H. Barrow Rochelle & Max Levit The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation / Palmetto Partners Ltd. Spec’s Charitable Foundation / John & Lindy Rydman Partner Albert and Anne Chao / Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Laura & Michael Shannon Alice & Terry Thomas Bobby & Phoebe Tudor Patron Mr. Monzer Hourani Mr. & Mrs. James A. Shaffer Mr. & Mrs. Fredric A. Weber Benefactor Robin Angly & Miles Smith Bank of Houston Mrs. Bonnie Bauer LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation Friend Mrs. William Estrada & Vicki West Robert & Michele Goodmark
A Graf Farewell is presented in part through the support of the Micajah S. Stude Special Production Fund. The Classical Season is endowed by The Wortham Foundation, Inc. in memory of Gus S. and Lyndall F. Wortham.
SYMPHONY NO. 2 IN C MINOR (RESURRECTION) Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Recording Sir John Barbirolli conducting the Stuttgart Radio Symphony and combined choirs of the South German Radio and Stuttgart State University of Music; Helen Donath, soprano; Birgit Finnilä, contralto (EMI Classics) Instrumentation four flutes (all doubling piccolo), four oboes (two doubling English horn), E-flat clarinet, four B-flat clarinets (one doubling bass clarinet, one doubling E-flat clarinet), four bassoons (one doubling contrabassoon), ten horns, six trumpets, four trombones, tuba, two sets of timpani, percussion, two harps, organ, strings and offstage ensemble of four horns, four trumpets, timpani and percussion
pocalyptic visions are often the essence of a Mahler symphony. This is especially true of his Second Symphony. As a massive work that begins with a death march and ends with a hymn of human resurrection, it encompasses most of the sentiments explored in the other eight Mahler symphonies. It also established a basic Mahleresque formal plan of two huge outer movements, enclosing several smaller ones. The composer had attempted this plan in his First Symphony, but later abridged it, then employed it again in his Third, Fifth and Seventh symphonies. While most of Mahler’s later symphonies were composed and orchestrated over two summer vacations spent at a lakeside retreat, the Second Symphony evolved over a much longer time period. Mahler scholar Constantin Floros traces the beginnings of its opening movement to January 1888. The full score to this somber march movement was completely sketched out by August of that year; Mahler titled it Totenfeier (Funeral Rites) and later referred to this movement as a “symphonic poem.” Floros notes that the themes of what became the second movement were also sketched that year, but Mahler did not begin building a multi-movement symphony from all these materials until the summer of 1893, while vacationing on the Attersee in the Austrian Alps east of Salzburg. There, he worked simultaneously on the symphony and on his celebrated song cycle, Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Youth’s Magic Horn), May 2013 29
NOTES | A GRAF FAREWELL | MAY 17-18 set to a collection of anonymous German poems. These twin labors resulted in a fascinating cross-fertilization. Once Mahler had completed the Wunderhorn song, “St. Anthony of Padua Preaches to the Fishes,” he removed its satiric text from the orchestral version and adapted it as the third-movement Scherzo in the symphony. “Urlicht,” the fourth movement of the symphony, is a vocal-orchestral version of another Wunderhorn song Mahler originally composed for voice and piano that summer. Similar cross-references
between Wunderhorn songs and symphonic movements are found in Mahler’s Third and Fourth symphonies. However, Mahler drew his inspiration for the final movement of the Resurrection Symphony from another source. Having assembled the huge symphonic poem, Funeral Rites, and the three shorter movements into an incomplete torso of a symphony, he realized he would need to balance them with an equally large concluding movement. He thought of using a choral movement, but like many a composer before him, he trembled
in the shadow of the great choral finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which loomed as a forbidding precedent across seven decades of the 19th century. The death of noted conductor Hans von Bülow during the spring of 1894 unexpectedly provided Mahler’s inspiration for the closing movement. As he sat in the pew at Bülow’s funeral, the choir in the loft above intoned Friedrich Klopstock’s Resurrection chorale. Suddenly, the shape of the whole symphony came into his mind. He took up the unfinished score, made revisions to the first movement and completed the choral finale by mid-July. The opening movement is cast as an expansive, freely-designed sonata movement whose themes contrast typically Mahlerian images of a stark death march, bleak suffering, sweetness and sentimental yearning, and brassy glimmerings of hope and triumph. But a fateful mood prevails in this immense movement, which ends with an abrupt chromatic scale cutting through the orchestra like the blade of a guillotine. The five-part second movement (ABABA) sets the gentle mood of an Austrian Ländler against the more perturbed music of its contrasting sections. Floros notes that Mahler borrowed the triplet theme from the Scherzo of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as a background for this B section. In typical Mahleresque fashion, the two themes are varied and developed as they recur. Moods of light, piquant satire and good humor sit cheek by jowl with obstreperous outbursts in the bustling third-movement Scherzo, derived from the “St. Anthony of Padua” Wunderhorn song. Like the second movement, it is cast in a large five-part form (ABABA). While an undercurrent of running sixteenth notes provides a pleasant contrast to sharp-tempered clarinet and piccolo melodies in the A sections, the brass suddenly burst in during the B sections. Toward the end, the music breaks up in a movement of catastrophic confusion, only to heal as suddenly in one of Mahler’s soothing, lyrical melodies. Song and symphony merge in the fourth-movement setting of the Wunderhorn poem, “Urlicht” (“Primeval Light”), where the contralto soloist expresses humanity’s eternal search for union with God in music of childlike simplicity. The poem is divided into three musical sections, beginning with a hushed chorale that evolves from the musical motive of the opening phrase, “O Röschen
NOTES | A GRAF FAREWELL | MAY 17-18 roth” (“O little red rose”). The orchestration is full of delicate chamber-music hues, especially in the pleading central section, where the instrumental group is reduced to a few solo winds and strings, harp and a tolling glockenspiel. The answer to this spiritual quest breaks forth with the full fury of a Mahlerian apocalypse at the beginning of the finale. This vast 764-measure choral-orchestral movement is set in three large sections, comparable to another freely designed sonata movement. As with the second movement, Floros observes that the frightful introduction takes its cue from the opening measures of the choral finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A series of themes is then set forth in a section Mahler originally labeled “The Voice Calling in the Wilderness”—ostensibly announcing Judgment Day. Among these themes is one derived from the “Dies Irae” sequence from the Latin Mass for the Dead, and this theme dominates a long, development episode that marches the orchestra onward at an unyielding pace. Another apocalyptic climax gives way to music of a seraphic character, ushering in the closing vocal-choral section (which Mahler originally titled “The Great RollCall”). Here, Klopstock’s hymn of hope and spiritual immortality (with additional verses by Mahler) is quietly intoned by the chorus, swelling to several glorious shimmering climaxes.
first season as music director. He repeated it as part of a second (incomplete) Mahler symphony cycle during the 1997-98 season. Hans Graf first conducted the work here a decade later at the end of the 2007-08 season. Instead of conducting still another complete Mahler symphony cycle, he has interspersed performances of Mahler’s Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth symphonies, and the Deryck Cooke completion of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony, with a complete survey of all six of Mahler’s orchestral song cycles. In so doing, he has greatly filled out our knowledge of the great Austrian composer’s entire creative output. The printed music for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 was donated by Janie Nathans and John W. Rogers. ©2013, Carl R. Cunningham
* * * * * Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony is well remembered in Houston for significant performances by three of the orchestra’s conductors. Sir John Barbirolli, a noted Mahler interpreter, conducted the Houston Symphony premiere of the work during his first season with the orchestra in March 1962. That performance featured soprano Frances Yeend and contralto Elena Nikolaidi in the former Music Hall. Thoughts of death and afterlife became personal experiences for Barbirolli when the frail conductor suffered a brief collapse and hospitalization during the night between his final two performances of the symphony in Jones Hall, March 24-25, 1969. The recording listed above this program note was made a year later, three months before Barbirolli’s death. Christoph Eschenbach set his seal upon the symphony in February 1989, as part of a Mahler symphony cycle he began during his May 2013 31
NOTES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 | MAY 9, 11-12 of all the thematic material. He appends a long coda to the movement, reintroducing the new theme as one of its dramatic events. Had Napoleon not turned from liberator to dictator and forfeited Beethoven’s initial dedication of the symphony to him, the grand and solemn funeral march that comprises its slow movement would have been a worthy memorial to his accomplishments in leading the French Revolution. In its contrast of somber, heroic and elegiac sentiments, it is cast in a very large three-part form with a fughetta dramatically delaying the return of the main C minor theme. The Scherzo, with its pizzicato string effects, its contrasting horn colors in the trio section, its stubborn syncopations and changes of meter, is a virtuoso symphonic movement and a prime example of Beethoven’s Jovian laughter. Its exuberant high spirits are capped only by the Olympian set of variations that conclude the Eroica Symphony. Where Mozart or Haydn would have placed such variations in a slow movement, Beethoven dared to make them a symphonic climax. Not only are the nine variations based upon two distinct themes (including the famous theme employed in Beethoven’s Prometheus ballet and his Eroica Variations for Piano), they include two complicated fugal sections, a stormy “Turkish” march in the sixth variation, and two seraphic slow variations that lead to a magnificent five-section coda. Beethoven ends the movement with another set of fierce “hammerstroke” chords. The printed music for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was donated by Frances and Ira Anderson in honor of Lenore H. Simons.
Biography JANINA FIALKOWSKA, piano Beloved the world over, Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for more than 30 years with her lyrical sound, musicianship and sense of musical integrity. She is celebrated for her interpretations of the Classical and Romantic repertoire as well as the music of 20th-century Polish composers. Born to a Canadian mother and a Polish father in Montreal, Fialkowska studied the piano with her mother at age 5. She attended the Ecole de musique Vincent d’Indy and earned advanced degrees from the University of Montreal at 17. In 1969, her career was greatly advanced by two events: winning first prize in the Radio Canada National Talent Festival and travelling to Paris to study with Yvonne Lefébure. One year later, she entered The Juilliard School. In 1974, her career was launched by Arthur Rubinstein after her prize-winning performance at his inaugural International Master Piano Competition in Israel. She has since performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She has won special recognition for important premieres, most notably the world premiere performance of a newly discovered Piano Concerto by Franz Liszt with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her extensive discography includes the tremendously successful CD of the three Liszt piano concertos, Hans Graf conducting. In 2002, Fialkowska’s career was brought to a dramatic halt by the discovery of a tumor in her left arm. After successful surgery removed the cancer, she underwent further surgery for a rare muscle-transfer procedure. After 18 months of performing the Ravel and Prokofiev concertos for the left hand, which she transcribed for her right hand, she resumed her two-handed career. Fialkowska was the founding director of the hugely successful “Piano Six” project and its successor “Piano Plus.” This latest project brings together some of Canada’s greatest classical artists with Canadians who would otherwise be unable to hear this caliber of performance. In 2000, “Piano Six” won Canada’s Chalmers Award. 32
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ERIN WALL, soprano Soprano Erin Wall is one of today’s most versatile sopranos with an extensive opera and concert repertoire that spans three centuries. She has sung leading roles in the world’s great opera houses and appears in concert with orchestras worldwide. Recent career highlights include an acclaimed debut as Clémence in L’amour de loin with the Canadian Opera Company, the title role in Thaïs at the Edinburgh Festival and the title role in Arabella at the Santa Fe Opera. Next season includes debuts with the BBC Proms and Vienna Philharmonic. Mahler’s 8th Symphony has figured prominently in Wall’s career, and her discography includes the 2010 Grammy® awardwinning recording of this work for Best Classical Album, released by the San Francisco Symphony, and the Deutsche Grammophon recording released in 2007 conducted by Pierre Boulez. Other recordings include the Virgin Classics DVD of Mozart’s Così fan tutte recorded at the 2005 Aix-en-Provence Festival; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for the opening of La Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts, available on Sony Classical/Analekta; and the ArtHaus Musik DVD of Britten’s War Requiem, the 50th anniversary performance of the work’s premiere, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Wall began her career in 2001 as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has since appeared as Marguerite in Faust, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among other roles. Wall grew up in Canada, and lives in Toronto with her husband, son and daughter.
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BERNARDA FINK, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, daughter of Slovenian parents, was born in Buenos Aires and received her vocal and musical education at the Higher Art Institute of the Teatro Colón. One of the most sought-after singers in concerts and recitals, Fink is acclaimed for her musical versatility and invited by leading recital venues, opera houses and orchestras in Europe and America. This season has included Missa Solemnis with the German Chamber Philharmonic and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Das Paradies Und Die Peri with the Vienna Philharmonic and Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the Cleveland Orchestra. She sang with the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria with Andrés Orozco-Estrada and with Hans Graf in Amsterdam. She performed a series of duo recitals with her brother Marcos Fink. Many of her recordings, nearly 50 releases, have been awarded coveted prizes such as the Diapason d’Or and the Grammy®. They include Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Caldara’s Maddalena Ai Piedi Di Cristo, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (Teldec), Gluck’s Orfeo and Scarlatti’s Griselda (Harmonia Mundi), Mozart’s Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem (Sony BMG), Berlioz’ Les Nuits D’été and Ravel’s Shéhérazade, as well as a range of solo recordings. With Harmonia Mundi, she has recorded Lieder by Schubert with accompanist Gerold Huber, Bach Cantatas with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Lieder by Schumann with accompanist Anthony Spiri. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, Lieder by Slovenian composers, an album of Dvorˇák Lieder and another with Spanish songs are recent releases. In 2006, Bernarda Fink was awarded the Austrian Honorary Medal for Art and Science by the Austrian Chancellor. May 2013 33
MAY 24-26, 2013
Pink Martini Michael Krajewski, conductor Thomas M. Lauderdale, piano | Storm Large, vocals | Ari Shapiro, vocals Gavin Bondy, trumpets | Robert Taylor, trombone | Dan Faehnle, guitar Phil Baker, upright bass | Nicholas Crosa, violin | Timothy Nishimoto, vocals and percussion Brian Lavern Davis, congas, drums and percussion | Anthony Jones, drums and percussion Pete Plympton, sound engineer William Reischman, stage manager Howie Bierbaum, lighting designer and tour manager
Friday, May 24, 2013 8 pm Saturday, May 25, 2013 8 pm Sunday, May 26, 2013 7:30 pm
A. Lara/V. Vanacore
Granada (Fantasia EspaĂąola)
R. Ortolani-N. Oliviero/R. Hayman
More from Mondo Cane Paganini at the Pops
C. Gardel/J. Williams
Tango (Por Una Cabeza) Frank Huang, violin
Gershwin/K. Whitcomb-Prechel I
I Got Fascinating Rhythm R
This portion of the eveningâ€™s program will be announced from the stage.
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Cynthia Woods Mitchell at Jones Hall
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MICHAEL KRAJEWSKI, conductor
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Michael Krajewski delights concertgoers with his imaginative and entertaining programs and wry sense of humor. He joined the Houston Symphony as Principal Pops Conductor in 2000 and serves in this position for Jacksonville and Atlanta symphony orchestras—the first to hold such a title in Atlanta. Krajewski is the conductor of the video Silver Screen Serenade with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker that aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting. He has led the Houston Symphony on two holiday albums: Glad Tidings and Christmas Festival. This season, he has conducted his original Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel program all over North America. He has collaborated with an eclectic group of artists, including flutist Sir James Galway, Marilyn Horne, Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Doc Severinsen, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Chieftains, Pink Martini, Cirque de la Symphonie, Classical Mystery Tour and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. With degrees from Wayne State University and the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music, Krajewski furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and later served as that orchestra’s assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony, and for 11 years served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.
PINK MARTINI, guest artists In 1994, in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser…but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world—crossing genres of continued on page 37
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MAY 30, 2013
Disney In Concert
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Film with Live Orchestra *Matthew Kraemer, conductor Men of the Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director
Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:30 pm
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Tonightâ€™s program will include one intermission.
*Houston Symphony debut
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school of violinists. Following his performance at the 2005 Moscow Easter Festival, where he was introduced at age 15, he was invited to appear with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has since performed throughout Russia, Western Europe, North and South America, Australia and the Far East, working with leading conductors, including Hans Graf, Andrey Boreyko, Roberto Minczuk, Yannick NézétSeguin, Kirill Karabits, Vasily Petrenko and Robin Ticciati.
classical, jazz and old-fashioned pops— and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini. He wanted to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique” became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for Song of the Year at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America. . .the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world…composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.” Featuring 10-12 musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras around the world. Its debut album Sympathique was released in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for Song of the Year and Best New Artist in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Several recordings have followed: Hang on Little Tomato, Hey Eugene!, Splendor In The Grass, Joy To The World, A Retrospective (a collection of the band’s most beloved songs spanning 18 years) and 1969 (an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki).
Matthew Kraemer is quickly gaining notice for his inspired performances and innovative programming. Music director and conductor of both the Butler County Symphony Orchestra and the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Kraemer holds the Montante Family Endowed Associate Conductor’s Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO). Recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Kraemer served a residency with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival in 2006. Kraemer conducts orchestras and ballet companies across the U.S. and Europe. He has served as conductor for Broadway superstar Idina Menzel’s symphony engagements nationwide, and he has collaborated with many other leading artists, including Awadagin Pratt, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Philippe Quint, Jennifer Koh, Ben Folds, Chris Botti, Mark O’Connor and Richard Stoltzman. Kraemer is a passionate advocate for new music and has performed the works of many living composers. He has led composer readings and workshops with several orchestras in the United States and leads the BPO’s Earshot partnership with the American Composers Orchestra. The Indiana native studied conducting in Vienna and was twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He has participated in the National Arts Center Conductors Program in Ottawa, Canada. Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, Reno. An accomplished violinist, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet.
photo by sussie ahlburg
MATTHEW KRAEMER, conductor
Highlights of recent seasons include debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; DSO Berlin; Vienna Chamber Philharmonic at the Vienna Konzerthaus; Euskadi Orchestra, RTÉ National, Malmö, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras; and the National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia. As a recitalist, Ugorski regularly collaborates with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz. They made their debut together at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany to great acclaim in 2008 and have since appeared at the George Enescu Festival in Romania, Seoul Arts Centre Festival and Perth International Arts Festival in Australia. In 2010, the duo released a recital DVD for VAI of works by Bach, Brahms, Strauss, Szymanowski, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Recent engagements have included debuts at the Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen, Wigmore Hall in London, Lucerne Festival, Beethovenfest in Bonn and De Doelen in Rotterdam. Born in 1989 in St. Petersburg, Eugene Ugorski moved with his family to San Diego at age 5. He began studying the violin at age 6 with Vesna Gruppman and made his orchestral debut with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at 8. He continues to study with Gruppman and with Igor Gruppman, one of the world’s most respected concertmasters.
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HOUSTON SYMPHONY CHORUS Photo by jeff fitlow
CHARLES HAUSMANN, director Dr. Charles S. Hausmann was named director of the Houston Symphony Chorus in 1986 and celebrated his 25th anniversary last season. He has prepared the group for more than 600 concerts, led them on numerous tours to Mexico and Europe, and worked with more than 40 acclaimed conductors, including Hans Graf, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor and Robert Shaw. His extensive repertoire includes most of the major choral/ orchestral masterworks. As director of graduate choral studies and professor of conducting at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music since 1985, Hausmann supervises the master’s and doctoral programs in choral conducting, teaches choral conducting and literature and conducts the Moores School Choral Artists— a graduate chamber choir. An active church musician, he has conducted church choirs in Colorado, Kentucky, New Jersey and Texas. He currently serves as director of Choral Music at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston where he led the Houston Symphony and Chorus in a performance of Mendelssohn’s St. Paul (Spring 2008). He led the Chorus on its fourth European tour in 2007, appearing as guest conductor during the Prague Spring Festival. He and the Chorus share a collaboration with Mexico City’s Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, and performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah with former Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.
Support the Houston Symphony Chorus Endowment The Houston Symphony Chorus Endowment supports activities that enrich Houston’s musical life and enhance the high professional standards of the all-volunteer Chorus. For more on how you can help ensure the artistic future of the Chorus, call Darryl de Mello, Annual Fund Manager, at (713) 3378529 or visit hschorus.org. 38
Charles Hausmann, Director Kevin Klotz Assistant Director
Sarah Berggren Chorus Manager
Scott Holshouser Accompanist
Tony Sessions Librarian
First Soprano Ramona Alms Alice Beckstrom Sarah Berggren Robyn Branning Jennifer Campbell Laura Christian Anna Diemer Clarice Gatlin Marta Giles Suzanne Gregory Amanda Harris Sophia Hou Amy Ingram Sarah Keifer Veronica Lorine Pam Magnuson** Rita Minter Marissa Nugent Theresa Olin Karen Rennar Wendy Ridings Rhonda Ryan Deborah Spencer Ryan Stickney Cecilia Sun Lisa Trewin Tania Van Dongen Heidi Walton Beth Weidler Pam Wilhite
Christine Economides Mary Gahr Kelly Goodin Susan Hall* Linda Herron Judy Hill Holly Johnson Berma Kinsey Joyce Lewis Mary Lopushansky Judy Morehouse Lisa Morfin** Cynthia Mulder Marie Parisot Linda Renner Carolyn Rogan* June Russell Maria Schoen Andrea Slack Shelby Stratmann Erin Walsh Vicki Westbrook Kat White Patsy Wilson
Second Tenor Bob Alban Amir Bel-Ami Randy Boatright Harvey Bongers Nicholas DeMaio Donn Dubois Jorge Fandino Mark Ferring Joseph Frybert Sajju George John Grady Craig Hill Philip Lewis Michael McCarver Will Mize Greg Railsback Dewell Springer Tony Vazquez Lee Williams**
Bryan McMicken Scott Mermelstein Bill Parker John Proffitt Bob Reynolds Daniel Robertson Jay Rockwell Doug Sander Andrew Schramm Eric Skelly James Wilhite
Second Soprano Yoset Altamirano Lisa Anders Lauren Bass Laura Bohlmann Nancy Bratic* Anne Campbell Diana Candida Debby Cutler Vickie Davis Kellie Garden Debbie Hannah Yukiko Iwata Rashida Moore Carol Ostlind* Linda Peters Belinda Rossiter Susan Scarrow Vicki Seldon Megan Kennedy Shedden Elizabeth Snelling Paige Sommer Veronica Stevens Suzanne Thacker Nancy Vernau First Alto Krista Borstell Pat Bumpus Barbara Bush Thea Chapman Elizabeth Chitwood Nancy Christopherson Robin Clarkson Rochella Cooper Corita Dubose
Second Alto Melissa Bailey Adams Sarah Clark* Evelyn Clift Ceci Corredor Andrea Creath Robin Dunn Holly Eaton Rachel El-Saleh Thi Ha Catherine Howard Lois Howell Helen Hughes Miriam Lenon Crystal Meadows** Nina Peropoulos Laurie Reynolds Linda Richardson Holly Soehnge Mary Voigt Bonnie Wilson Kaye Windel-Garza First Tenor Adam Britcher Robert Browning James Carazola Patrick Drake Richard Field Robert Gomez* Patrick Hanley Steven Hazel Donald Howie Francisco Izaguirre Chris Lund Darrell Mayon Jim Moore** Peter Peropoulos Douglas Rodenberger Gottfried Schiller David Schoen Tony Sessions Charles Thornburg
First Bass Jonathan Aigner Steve Abercia Joe Anzaldua Rich Arenschiedlt Greg Barra Jon Bauer Justin Becker Eldo Bergman Brandon Bingham Claude Bitner John Bond Bruce Boyle Peter Christian Steve Dukes Will Hailey Taylor Harper Scott Hassett Stephen James Cletus Johnson Max Locher Jay Lopez** Ken Mathews* Will McCallum Kevin Newman Gary Scullin Mark Standridge Paul Van Dorn Joe Villareal Kevin Wallace Sean Warley Second Bass Wilton Adams** Keith Burton Bill Cheadle John Colson Roger Cutler Paul Ehrsam Tom Everage Chris Fair Ian Fetterley David Fox Mike Gilbert Matt Henderson* Terry Henderson George Howe Nobuhide Kobori Kevin Kvam Alan MacAdams
*Council Member **Section Leader As of April 1, 2013
HOUSTON SYMPHONY LEAGUE
2013 “A Day by the Bay” Home Tour Earns Support for HSLBA Education Programs The 12th annual Houston Symphony League Bay Area Home Tour benefitted from a winning combination of outstanding homes and beautiful weather on March 23 and 24. More than 400 tickets were sold for the tour that included four unique and outstanding water-front homes in Seabrook and Taylor Lake Village. The tour’s success was the result of months of planning by CoChairs Pat Biddle and Vicki Buxton, as well as the efforts of 160 League members and friends who served as docents in each home. Pre-tour party guests on Friday evening were treated to food and wine in a beautifully renovated Louisiana river-style plantation home in Taylor Lake Village. The family, new members of HSLBA, generously opened its home for the event, allowing attendees a closer look at the antiques and WWI memorabilia inside. The home tour, the League’s only fundraiser, generates important support for the “I Love Music” program in Clear Creek ISD. In the 2011-12 school year, the program was presented to 13,788 children in 26 elementary schools.
Bordeaux on the Bayou: Neither Rain nor Wind Hampered the Fun!
Houston Symphony League President Susan Osterberg and chair Judy Nyquist conceived of pairing the Symphony League and Buffalo Bayou Partnership for a special event at the Sabine Promenade on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The uncooperative weather on April 3 forced a relocation to Vine Street Studios where the evening’s festivities were enjoyed by members of the League and the Partnership.
Music was a key element of the event beginning with young performers from Virtuosi of Houston. The evening’s highlight was a brass quintet performance of classical and popular music by Houston Symphony musicians Dave Kirk, Mark Hughes, Tony Prisk, Brian Thomas and Thomas Holten, ending with a rendition of “Happy Trails” as the activities drew to a close.
The evening’s casual atmosphere was enhanced by delicious offerings from local food trucks, It’s a Wrap! and Lady Bird, and included samplings from Chipotle, Sprinkles’ cupcakes, Randalls’ cookies and wine from 13 Celsius. David Wuthrich adds his signature to a music-covered door created by Houston artist Charles Washington for his “What’s in a Door?” project. Using sheet music provided by Susan Osterberg, Washington made this door especially for the League’s event. May 2013 39
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 (Andersen 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 Craig A. Fox 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.
Susanna Dokupil Kelli Cohen Fein Julia Frankel David Frankfort Allen Gelwick Mauro Gimenez Stephen Glenn Enrique GonzĂĄlez 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 Jim Stein Mike Stude Ileana TreviĂąo * 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
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 Dana Ondrias 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 Robert Sloan Jule Smith David Stanard David Tai Michael Tenzer L. Proctor (Terry) Thomas Stephen G. Tipps
Art Vivar Mrs. S. Conrad Weil Robert Weiner David Ashley White James T. Willerson Steven J. Williams Scott Wulfe Ex-Officio Mark C. Hanson Mark Hughes Carole Murphy Susan Osterberg Burke Shaw Brinton Averil Smith Stacey Spears
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 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.
* Life Trustee
Mary Louis Kister Ellen Elizardi Kelley 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 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 Mrs. Sybil F. Roos 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 Cora Sue & Harry Mach 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 May 2013 43
Houston Symphony Donors Maestro’s Society $50,000 - $74,999 Mr. & Mrs. Philip A. Bahr Darlene & Cappy Bisso Gene & Linda Dewhurst Mr. Monzer Hourani Drs. M.S. & Marie-Luise Kalsi Rochelle & Max Levit Joella & Steven P. Mach Mr. & Mrs. J. Stephen Marks Mr. & Mrs. James A. Shaffer Laura & Michael Shannon
Concertmaster’s Society $25,000 - $49,999 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 Brian Teichman & Andy Cordes Alice & Terry Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Fredric A. Weber Steven & Nancy Williams Anonymous (1)
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 Albert & Anne Chao / Ting Tsung & Wei Fong Chao Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Max Chapman Janet F. Clark Audrey & Brandon Cochran
Alexander & Lorraine Dell Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein & Martin J. Fein Angel & Craig Fox Allen & Almira Gelwick, Lockton Companies Mr. & Mrs. Fred L. Gorman 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
Conductor’s Circle, Gold Baton $10,000-$14,999 Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Abraham Rolaine & Morrie Abramson Lindley & Jason Arnoldy Mr. & Mrs. Joshua L. Batchelor Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Bowman Dr. & Mrs. Meherwan P. Boyce Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bratic Mrs. Catherine Campbell Brock & Dr. Gary Brock Ruth White Brodsky Mr. & Mrs. Gerald J. Bush Mr. & Mrs. Donald Childress Dr. Scott Cutler Mr. Richard Danforth Leslie Barry Davidson & W. Robins Brice Ms. Cindy Deere Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dokupil Mrs. William Estrada Aubrey & Sylvia Farb Mr. David Frankfort & Ms. Erika Bermeo 44
Mr. Michael B. George Christina & Mark Hanson Russell & Diana Hawkins 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 Mr. Gary Mercer Catherine Jane Merchant Susan & Edward Osterberg Peggy Overly & John Barlow Mr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Pickering Mr. & Mrs. James Postl
Mr. & Mrs. John L. Nau III Jule & Albert Smith / Julia & Albert Smith Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Springob, Laredo Construction, Inc. David & Paula Steakley James Stein / Bank of Houston Nancy & David Tai Dede & Connie Weil Mr. & Mrs. C. Clifford Wright
Gloria & Joe Pryzant Mrs. Lila Rauch Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Reckling III Mr. Walter & Mrs. Maryjane Scherr Donna & Tim Shen Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Simon Mr. Louis H. Skidmore Jr. Ms. Kelly Somoza Dr. Alana R. Spiwak & Sam Stolburn 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 Anonymous (2)
Houston Symphony Donors Conductor’s Circle, Silver Baton $7,500-$9,999 Eric S. Anderson & R. Dennis Anderson Graham & Janet Baker Mrs. Bonnie Bauer Mr. & Mrs. Karl H. Becker Dr. Alan Bentz & Ms. Sallymoon S. Benz Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Black III Mr. & Mrs. Walter V. Boyle Ms. Terry A. Brown Mr. & Mrs. Paul D. Chapman Mr. & Mrs. Noel Coon Mr. & Mrs. Bert Cornelison Roger & Debby Cutler Judge & Mrs. Harold DeMoss Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David Denechaud Mr. Scott Ensell 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 Mr. Stephen C. Tarry Mr. & Mrs. Leland Tate Shirley Toomim Birgitt van Wijk 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 Ms. Mary Jo Antone-Hatfield Mr. Richard C. Bailey Mr. & Mrs. John F. Bookout III Mr. Teodoro Bosquez & Ms. Mary Conner Hon. Peter & Mrs. Anne S. Brown Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Burk Toba Buxbaum Marilyn Caplovitz Mrs. Lily Carrigan Mr. & Mrs. William T. Carter IV David Chambers & Alex Steffler William J. Clayton & Margaret A. Hughes Mr. & Mrs. Sanford Criner Mr. & Mrs. James W. Crownover 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. Parrish N. Erwin Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Fant Mr. Shane T. Frank 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 Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Hamaker Mr. Stanley A. Hoffberger Mr. & Mrs. James E. Hooks Mr. & Mrs. John F. Joity Debbie & Frank Jones Drs. Blair & Rita Justice Catherine & Andrew Kaldis Nina Andrews & David Karohl Lilia Khakimova & C. Robert Bunch Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Kinder Mary Louis Kister William & Cynthia Koch Mr. Willy Kuehn Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Leighton Marilyn Lummis Mr. & Mrs. David Massin Mr. & Mrs. J. Douglas McMurrey Jr. Mr. & Mrs. D. Bradley McWilliams Melissa & Michael Mithoff Ginni & Richard Mithoff Richard & Juliet Moynihan Terry Murphree Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Nickson Mr. & Mrs. Eugene O’Donnell Jennifer Owen & Ed Benyon
Mr. Howard Pieper Mr. Robert J. Pilegge Dr. Gregory & Mrs. Cathie Powers Ms. Karen Pulaski Jean & Allan Quiat Vicky & Michael Richker Mr. & Mrs. George A. Rizzo Jr. 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. Dave Stanard & Ms. Beth Freeman Mr. & Mrs. Antonio M. Szabo Ms. Beverly Turner McDonald Dr. David A. White Ms. Jennifer R. Wittman Ms. Daisy Wong Woodell Family Foundation Sally & Denney Wright Winthrop A. Wyman & Beverly Johnson Dr. & Mrs. Robert Yekovich Edith & Robert Zinn Erla & Harry Zuber Anonymous (1)
Grand Patron’s Circle $2,500 - $4,999
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bolam Mr. & Mrs. James D. Bozeman Maurice & Karey Bresenhan Ting & John Bresnahan Mr. Larry C. Brookshire Divya & Chris Brown Dr. & Mrs. William T. Butler Ms. Cheryl Byington Mr. & Mrs. Thierry Caruso Dr. Robert N. Chanon Courtney & John Chapoton Mr. & Mrs. Kent Chenevert
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Clamen Mr. & Mrs. Gerald F. Clark Ms. Ann T. Coffey & Mr. Theo Bean Mr. William E. Colburn Mr. & Mrs. William Cotting Lois & David Coyle Mr. & Mrs. Joffre J. Cross II Mr. & Mrs. Mark P. Day Ms. Niki DeMaio James R. Denton Mr. & Mrs. Mark Diehl Mr. & Mrs. Jack N. Doherty
Dr. & Mrs. George J. Abdo Mr. & Mrs. Mickey Ables Mr. & Mrs. Thurmon Andress Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey B. Aron Mr. & Mrs. John C. Averett Trace Trahan Bannerman Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Barbieri James M. Bell Mr. & Mrs. Anthony W. Bohnert
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Houston Symphony Donors Mr. & Mrs. Michael Doherty Carolyn & David Edgar Mr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Eubank Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan B. Fairbanks Mr. & Mrs. Nijad I. Fares Mary Ann & Larry Faulkner Mr. & Mrs. Donald Faust Sr. Dr. Judith Feigin & Mr. Colin Faulkner Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Ference Mr. & Mrs. George Ferguson Mr. & Mrs. Tom Fitzpatrick Mr. 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 & Danham Jewett Mrs. Jeanie Kilroy Mr. & Mrs. Sam Koster Ms. Roslyn Larkey Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Linbeck Mr. & Mrs. Jeff B. Love Ms. B. Lynn Mathre & Mr. Stewart Oâ€™Dell Mr. Edward McIntosh 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. & Mrs. Stephen Newton Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Payne Mr. & Mrs. Geoffroy Petit Mr. James D. Pitcock Jr. 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 Cassie B. Stinson & Dr. R. Barry Holtz Mr. & Mrs. Hans Strohmer Mr. Jim Teague & Ms. Jane DiPaolo Dr. & Mrs. Karl Tornyos 46
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 Sarah & Ben Cotting
Ann G. Trammell 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 Anonymous (1)
$1,000 - $2,499
Mrs. Harold J. Adam Joan & Stanford Alexander Mrs. Nancy C. Allen 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 Mrs. Anne H. Bushman Mr. & Mrs. Raul Caffesse Ms. Cathy M. Cagle Mrs. H. E. Carrico Margot & John Cater Mr. Peter J. Cazamias The Chambers Family in honor of Margaret Sylvia Chambers Mr. Robert L. Clarke Dr. Paul Cloutier Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Colburn Dr. Carmen Bonmati & Mr. Ben Conner
Mike Cox Amanda & Adam Dinitz 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 The Young Associates Council is supported in part by Bank of America. Mr. Mark C. Conrad Ms. Barbara A. Conte Mr. & Mrs. Byron Cooley Dr. & Mrs. James D. Cox Mr. Mike Cox James & Franci Crane The Honorable & Mrs. William C. Crassas Mr. & Mrs. T. N. Crook 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. & Mrs. Louis F. DeLone Ms. Aurelie Desmarais Christopher & Annamarie Dewhurst Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Diamond Bruce B. Dice Mike & Debra Dishberger Mr. Michael Dooley Mr. & Mrs. James P. Dorn Egon & Elisa Durban Ms. Consuelo Duroc-Danner Drs. Rosalind & Gary 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 Ms. Ursula H. Felmet Jerry E. & Nanette B. Finger Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Fischer James H. & Beverly W. Fish 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
Houston Symphony Donors Dr. & Mrs. Bradford S. Goodwin Jr. Mr. Kendall Gray Ms. Joyce Z. Greenberg Mr. Charles H. Gregory Mary & Paul Gregory Mr. & Mrs. Doug Groves Maureen & Jim 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. Frank L. Heard Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David J. Hemenway Marilyn & Robert M. Hermance Bob & Yoli Herrmann Ann & Joe Hightower Dr. Volker Hirsinger Mr. Robert Hoff Mr. Tim Hogan Mr. & Mrs. John Homier Dr. Matthew Horsfield & Dr. Michael Kauth Mrs. Evelyn Howell Mr. & 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. Eric S. Johnson & Dr. Ronada Davis Mr. & Mrs. Okey B. Johnson Jessica Q. Johnston Mr. & Mrs. Steve Jones Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. Jordon Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Katz Lynda & Frank Kelly Mr. & Mrs. David Kennedy Louise & Sherwin Kershman Nora J. Klein, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Kneale Mr. Jimmy Koch Lucy & Victor Kormeier Ms. Ilene Kramer Suzanne A. & Dan D. Kubin Ms. Joni Latimer Mr. David Leebron & Mrs. Y. Ping Sun Dr. & Mrs. Morton Leonard Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Leonard Dr. Golda & Dr. Robert B. Leonard Mr. Edwin N. Letzerich H. Fred & Velva G. Levine Mr. & Mrs. Philip Lewis Mr. William W. Lindley Mr. James C. Lindsey 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 Barnett & Diane McLaughlin Ms. Karen McRae Dr. & Mrs. G. Walter McReynolds Mr. & Mrs. John Merrill Melba Hoekstra Miers Estate Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Miller 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. & 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. Anthony G. Ogden 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 Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Peropoulos 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 Mr. Floyd W. Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Edward Ross Kent Rutter & David Baumann Mr. & Mrs. Hugo Sand Chris & Don Sanders Harold H. Sandstead, M.D. Mrs. Holly Sansing Dr. & Mrs. David Sapire 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 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Spies Carol & Michael Stamatedes Ms. Georgiana Stanley Ms. Joyce Steensrud Karl & Ann Stern Mr. & Mrs. James R. Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Stopnicki Dr. & Mrs. David Sufian Emily C. Sundt Susman Family Foundation/ Ellen & Steve Susman Ms. Jeanine Swift Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. Tabor Jr. Ms. Carol Tai Jean & Doug Thomas Jacob & Elizabeth Thomas
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Thurmond Mr. Roger Trandell 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 Dr. & Mrs. Gage Van Horn Mr. & Mrs. William A. Van Wie Ms. Jana Vander Lee Dean B. Walker 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. Russell Windham 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 (8)
Director $500 - $999
Mr. & Mrs. Justin Abbott Mr. & Mrs. Edgar D. Ackerman Mr. William L. Ackerman Mr. & Mrs. N. T. Adams Ms. Joan Ambrogi Mr. & Mrs. Steve Ameen Mr. & 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. & 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 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Borman Anne & Edward Bornet Bob Frank Boydston Ms. Sally Brassow Mr. & Mrs. Jos C. Brown Sally & Laurence Brown Fred & Judy Brunk Mrs. Shirley Burgher Robert Burleson Mr. Carl Butler Mr. & Mrs. Joseph L. Campbell Mr. Petros Carvounis Mr. & Mrs. John M. Cavanaugh Mr. Donald Chambers Mr. & Mrs. E. Thomas Chaney Mr. & Mrs. David Chang Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Chapoton Ms. Anna Charlton Jim R. & Lynn Coe Donna M. Collins Mr. H. Talbot Cooley Ms. Miquel A. Correll Mr. William S. & Dr. Mary Alice Cowan Dr. Edward Cox
Dr. & Mrs. Lee Daniels Ms. Caroline Deetjen Mr. & Mrs. Rene Degreve Mr. Joseph A. Dellinger Ms. Diane DelSignore & Mr. Robert S. Strait Ms. Elisabeth DeWitts Amanda & Adam Dinitz Mr. Charles Dishman Col. & Mrs. John Jay Douglass Robert J. Doyle Elizabeth H. Duerr Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Dumestre Ms. Paula Eck Mr. & Mrs. Knut Eriksen Ms. Tanya Evanoff & Mr. Ed Spire Mrs. Kelli Fereday Sandra & Steven Finkelman Mr. Stephen J. Folzenlogen Joyce & David Fox Rachel Frazier Ms. Diane L. Freeman Mrs. Cathy Friestch Mrs. Martha Garcia Mrs. Holly Garner Mr. & Mrs. Neil Gaynor Ms. Lucy Gebhart Mr. James E. Gerhardt Ms. Margaret Wendy Germani Mrs. Barbara Goedecke Mr. Glenn C. Goedecke Dr. John Gomez & Dr. Cora Mihu Mr. Bert & Patricia Gordon Ms. Elaine C. Gordon Dr. & Mrs. Harvey L. Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Mark Gordon Dr. & Mrs. David Gorenstein 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 Mr. & Mrs. Uzi Halevy 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 Sheila & Isaac Heimbinder Mr. Fred D. Herring Donald & Rosemary Herron Mr. & Mrs. W. Grady Hicks Mr. David Hoffman Jacque Holland Mr. David Houston Mr. & Mrs. Norman C. Hoyer Mr. & Mrs. Ted Hsieh Ms. Lee M. Huber Ms. Rebecca Hutcheson Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth A. Jacobson Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Janicke Mr. Mark Johansson Ms. Sheila K. Johnstone Mr. Bill Jones Mr. Raymond Jones Mrs. Jillian Jopling Mr. & Mrs. Yoshi Kawashima Sam & Cele Keeper Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Keeton Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kelley Mr. Keith Kelley Mr. John Kelsey & Ms. Gaye Davis Mr. & Mrs. Tom Kelsey Mr. Ron Kesterson Ms. Malgosia Kloc Mr. & Mrs. William H. Knull III Rachel R. Krezer Mr. Dennis Kroeger Mr. Vijay Kusnoor Ms. Adrienne Lang Dr. & Mrs. Shane Lanys Michael & Sharon Lewis Dr. & Dr. Richard A. Lewis Annie & Kenneth Li Dr. & Mrs. Kelly B. Lobley Renee & Michael Locklar Mr. Alberto Lozano Mr. & Mrs. Peter MacGregor
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Houston Symphony Donors Ms. Diane Markesich & Mr. James Hamblet Ms. Faerie Marston Mr. Howard Martin Mr. & Mrs. Robert Martin Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Matiuk Mr. James G. Matthews Mr. & Mrs. Rod McAdams Mr. & Mrs. James McBride Lawrence McCullough & Linda Jean Quintanilla Mr. George McKee Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence McManus Mr. Thomas J. McNulty William E. Joor, III & Rose Ann Medlin Ms. Maria Carolina Mendoza Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Meneilly Mr. Ronald A. Mikita Ms. Kristen Miller Mr. Russell J. Miller & Mrs. Charlotte M. Meyer Mr. & Mrs. Herbert G. Mills Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Mireles Mr. Willis B. Mitchell John & Ann Montgomery Mr. & Mrs. Jim Moore Ms. Deborah Moran Mr. William R. Mowlam Daniel & Karol Musher Ms. Jennifer Naae Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Neumann Ms. Khanh Nguyen Drs. M. & V. Orocofsky Mrs. Caroline Osteen
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Owsley Ms. Martha Palmer Grace & Carroll Phillips Ms. Antoinette Post Mr. Robert W. Powell Kim & Ted A. Powell Tim & Katherine Pownell 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 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 Mr. & Mrs. Keith A. Rogers Kelly & David Rose Mr. Autry W. Ross Mrs. Holly Rubbo Brenda & Mansel Rubenstein Mr. & Mrs. John Ryder Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Saltzberg Mr. Derek Salvino Mrs. Jennifer K. Salyer Mr. Charles King Sanders Ms. Cynthia Sanford 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. Victor E. Serrato Mr. & Mrs. Vic Shainock Mrs. Melissa Shaw Mr. & Mrs. Russell Sherrill Mr. Barrett Sides Mr. James Simpson Mr. Gary A. Smith & Mr. Jim Murdaugh Mr. Hilary Smith & Ms. Lijda Vellekoop Mr. & Mrs. Tom Smith Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Smith Mr. & Mrs. William Smith Mr. Ronald B. Stein Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Steinman Ms. Becky Stemper Mr. & Mrs. Gary Stenerson Dr. John R. Stroehlein & Ms. Miwa Sakashita Ms. Bobbie Sumerlin Mr. John L. Sutterby Mrs. Mary Swafford Ms. Barbara Swartz Dr. Jeffrey Sweterlitsch Ms. Carolyn Tanner Ms. Gaylene Taylor Glenn & Cay Taylor Mr. Kerry Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Van Teeters
Mr. & Ms. Gary Teletzke Mr. Jasen Tenney Mr. John F. Terwilliger & Ms. Laura Codman Ms. Betsy Mims & Mr. Howard D. Thames Eric & Carol Timmreck 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 Mr. Charles Veith Mr. & Mrs. Alton L. Warren Mr. Kenneth W. Warren Ms. Bryony Jane Welsh Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. White 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 Mr. Michael Wynhoff Anonymous (19)
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 Stephen Jeu & Susanna Calvo Michael & Darcy Krajewski Mr. & Mrs. Wilfred M. Krenek Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lang Mr. & Mrs. Robin Lease Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Mason Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Mawhinney Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Alan May Jr. Barnett & Diane McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Joe T. McMillan Mr. Marvin McMurrey & Mrs. Martha Rocks Alice R. McPherson, M.D. Dr. & Mrs. Raghu Narayan Mr. & Mrs. Anthony G. Ogden Mrs. Kay M. Onstead Margaret & V. Scott Pignolet Mr. & Mrs. Gary Prentice W. R. Purifoy Dr. & Mrs. Albert E. Raizner Mr. & Mrs. John T. Riordan Soren & Annetta Rose Mr. Morris Rubin Dr. & Mr. Adrian D. Shelley Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Symko Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Thompson Ms. Virginia Torres Mr. Roger Trandell Ms. Jody Verwers Larry & Connie Wallace Anonymous (1)
Mr. & Mrs. H. L. Coon Ms. Roseline Curran Mr. Warren Dean Mr. & Mrs. George Dobbin Mr. & Mrs. Randy Dunn John & Joyce Eagle Mildred & Richard Ellis Mr. John Geigel Mr. & Mrs. L. Henry Gissell Jr. Mr. William Grattendick Mr. Garland Gray Mr. & Ms. Charles R. Hall Mr. & Mrs. Dale Hardy Mr. & Mrs. Don Harrison Kathleen & Dick Hayes Richard & Beverly Hickman Mr. & Mrs. Alex Howard Ms. Margy Keaton Mr. Don E. Kingsley Ms. Amy Lacy Mr. & Mrs. Barry I. Levine Mr. & Mrs. Roger Lindgren Mr. & Mrs. James D. Long Ms. Doris M. Magee Mr. & Mrs. Pat Mann Bill & Karinne McCullough Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McEvoy Mr. & Mrs. Carrol R. McGinnis Mr. James Miner Paul & Molly Mugnier Mr. & Mrs. Gary Noble Jim & Arlene Payne Judy & Bill Pursell Mrs. Pamela Royal Claudette & Tim Shaunty Mr. Michael Shawiak Mr. Michel Siegel Mr. & Mrs. Harold L. Siegele Charlotte Stafford Mr. & Mrs. Carl N. Tongberg Mr. & Mrs. Eugene N. Tulich Mr. Gary Van Rooyan Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Venus Mr. & Mrs. Jaime Viancos Mr. & Mrs. Michael Villarreal Dr. & Mrs. William C. Watkins Anonymous (4)
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 Mrs. Sybil F. Roos
Concertmaster’s Society $25,000-$49,999
Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Blackburne Jr.
Jean & Allan Quiat Vicky & Michael Richker Mr. & Mrs. George A. Rizzo Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William K. Robbins Jr. Sally & Denney Wright
Grand Patron $2,500-$4,999
Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Bowman Ms. Cindy Deere Dr. & Mrs. Paul M. Mann Mr. Walter & Mrs. Maryjane Scherr Shirley & Joel Wahlberg
Mr. & Mrs. J. Emery Anderson 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. Terry McGill Mr. Charles Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Ben A. Reid Shirley & Marvin Rich Mr. & Mrs. William Thweatt Mr. & Mrs. William B. Welte III Anonymous (1)
Conductor’s Circle, Silver $7,500-$9,999
Conductor’s Circle, Platinum $15,000-$24,999
Allen & Almira Gelwick, Lockton Companies Mr. & Mrs. Fred L. Gorman Susan & Dick Hansen Ms. Nancey Lobb Mr. & Mrs. John L. Nau III David & Paula Steakley
Conductor’s Circle, Gold $10,000-$14,999
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
Marilyn Caplovitz Ms. Sara Jo Devine Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Hamaker Lilia Khakimova & C. Robert Bunch Mr. & Mrs. Allan King Mr. and Mrs. John N. Matzer III Richard & Juliet Moynihan Terry Murphree Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Nickson Mr. & Mrs. Gary Peterson Mr. Robert J. Pilegge Marine Foods Express, Ltd.
Mr. & Mrs. Kingsley Agbor Mrs. Nancy Bailey Stanley & Martha Bair Ms. Deborah S. Bautch Mr. John S. Beury Ellen Box Mr. Billy Bray Robert & 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 Barbara Dokell Mr. & Mrs. James E. Dorsett Dr. Burdett S. & Mrs. Kathleen C.E. Dunbar Mr. & Mrs. Richard Fanning Jo Lynn & Gregg Falgout / Island Operating Company, Inc. Mark Folkes & Christopher Johnston Ms. Jessica Ford Carol & Larry Fradkin
Rev. & Mrs. H. Eldon Akerman Ms. Suan Angelo Dr. & Mrs. William S. Banks III Donald & Dottie Bates Mr. Allen J. Becker Mr. Donald Blakey Ms. Suzie Boyd Dr. & Mrs. R. L. Brenner Dr. Cecil Christensen Richard & Marcia Churns Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Colton Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Cook
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 Business Council Host Committee: Prentiss Burt, J.P. Morgan Janet F. Clark, Marathon Oil Corporation Cindy Deere, Shell Oil Company Gene Dewhurst, Falcon Seaboard Mike Doherty, Frost Bank Mauro Gimenez, Russell Reynolds Associates Allen Gelwick, Lockton Companies Kathleen Hayes, Merrill Lynch Roz Larkey, Cameron International Corporation Steven P. Mach, Mach Industrial Group, LP
Michael Mann, Mann Eye Institute Paul Mann, Mann Eye Institute David Massin, Wells Fargo Billy McCartney, Vitol Inc. (retired) Paul Morico, Baker Botts, LLP Dana Ondrias, Mann Eye Institute Ed Osterberg, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. Robert A. Peiser, Imperial Sugar Company (retired) Geoffroy Petit, TOTAL Greg Powers, Halliburton David Pruner, Wood Mackenzie Ltd. Ron Rand, Rand Group, LLC
John Rydman, Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods Manolo Sanchez, BBVA Compass Mark Schusterman, Museum District Plastic Surgery Jerrry Simon, Northern Trust L. Proctor Thomas, Baker Botts, LLP (retired) Ileana Treviño, Memorial Hermann Foundation Bobby Tudor, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company Jesse Tutor, Accenture (retired) Margaret Waisman, Affiliated Dermatologists of Houston Fredric Weber, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Beth Wolff, Wolff & Associates, Inc.
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 * Houston Public Media * 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, James D. Stein 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 Gorman’s Uniform Service Halliburton H-E-B Locke Lord LLP Lockton Companies of Houston Macy’s / Macy’s Foundation Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center
Merrill Lynch Private Bank & Investment Group MetroBank, N.A. Microsoft Northern Trust Palmetto Partners, Ltd. Regions Bank Schlumberger, Ltd. SPIR STAR, Ltd. Star Furniture UBS USI Insurance Services LLC $5,000-$9,999 Bloomberg, L.L.P. Marine Foods Express, Ltd. 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 The Humphreys Foundation $25,000-$49,999
Ann & Gordon Getty 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 Vivian L. Smith Foundation The Schissler Foundation Vaughn Foundation Anonymous
$2,500-$9,999 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
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BACKSTAGE PASS Nancy and Walt Bratic, musician sponsors
Christopher Neal, violin (HS musician since 2001)
Hometown: Nancy grew up in Houston, and Walt grew up in Phoenixville, PA.
Birthplace: Buffalo, NY
Education: Walt: BA and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy: BA and MS from the University of Texas at Austin, JD from the University of Houston. First became involved with the Houston Symphony: We met in 1980 at a party for Encorps, a young professionals group supporting the Houston Symphony. Our second date was to a Houston Symphony concert and after party with Encorps. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary earlier this year and have two daughters who are in college and law school. Walt has been a member of the Board of Trustees since the early 1990s. Nancy has sung with the Houston Symphony Chorus for 23 years as a second soprano.
Education: Loyola University, New Orleans, Bachelor of Music and Communications; Cleveland Institute of Music, MM Beginnings: I began playing violin at 2 ½ years old, I think. My mom is a violin teacher, and my crib was in her studio. I guess one thing led to another. Earliest musical memory: Falling asleep on stage. When I woke up, I realized I had missed my song. I was very upset. I think I was 4 years old.
All in the family: In addition to singing in the Chorus, Nancy plays the piano. Walt studied violin and piano (reluctantly) at the insistence of his mother. Both daughters play the piano and have sung in school and church choirs, and our oldest daughter also plays the oboe and guitar.
All in the family: My wife, Mila, is a professional violinist with Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet. My mother’s violin school has grown to about 350 students. My younger brother is assistant concertmaster at the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. My father, a civil engineer and lifelong music lover, insisted he could play “Turkey in the Straw,” but I never heard him do it.
We support: We love music and think that it’s important for Houston to have a first-rate orchestra. The ticket cost doesn’t begin to cover the actual cost of a performance, not to mention the free school concerts and discounted tickets sold to students.
I can’t wait for: The Centennial Season. To have Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, John Adams, Hannu Lintu, Midori, Renee Fleming, Yefim Bronfman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, John Williams and more, all in one season!
Meeting our musician: Chris’ wife, Mila, is a family friend of Walt’s. Walt and Mila both fondly remember the huge Hershey bars that her grandfather used to give all the children at Christmas time. When Chris joined the Symphony and we needed to pick our musician to sponsor, it was a natural choice.
If I wasn’t a professional musician, I would be: I’d love to work more with motorcycles. I ride to work every day, partly because it’s efficient, but mostly because it’s fun.
Special memories: We have had dinner with the Neals a number of times, including Thanksgiving, and have enjoyed watching their adorable children grow up. Pass it on: It’s a wonderful way to establish a personal relationship with the musicians. From the audience, they all look alike and very serious in their formal concert dress, but like any other group of people, they are a collection of interesting individuals who are a lot of fun to know.
Meeting my sponsors: In a happy coincidence, Walt’s father and my wife’s grandfather were friends in Philadelphia in the 1960s. We were introduced to Walt and Nancy through Mila’s parents after moving to Houston. They have kindly hosted us at several fine meals, and they’ve been especially warm and thoughtful with our children. Meaningful support: The Bratics have been generous long-term supporters of our symphony. Their sponsorship is a reflection of their attitude toward family, stewardship and community support. They are benefactors of many Houston organizations, and I’m honored that they value the work we do here at the Symphony.