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April at the Houston Symphony Includes ROMEO AND JULIET, BELLE OF THE BALL and More

April at the Houston Symphony Includes ROMEO AND JULIET, BELLE OF THE BALL and More

The Houston Symphony's April calendar provides several unique treats that are sure to excite Houston audiences. Conductor Laureate Hans Graf will return to the podium to lead the orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet on April 10, 12 and 13, followed directly by Music Director Designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada's return to conduct Bronfman Play Beethoven 4 onApril 17, 18 and 19.

April also brings family fun to the hall and beyond with Belle of the Ball on the morning of April 25 and a FREE concert at Discovery Green featuring Houston Symphony Concertmaster Frank Huang as leader and soloist. The Houston Symphony also honors local educators in its annual Salute to Educators concert on April 24. A POPS concert on April 25, 26 and 27 will feature Grammy®-Award winning superstar Chris Botti as he returns to Houston to perform works from his newest CD.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston's Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org unless otherwise noted. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2:30 pm

Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet

Hans Graf, conductor

Johannes Moser, cello

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture

Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3

Conductor Laureate Hans Graf leads the Symphony in a powerful all-Russian program. First, hear the ripening love and impending tragedy in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. Then, hear rising-star cellist Johannes Moser perform Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, a piece that earned him a special prize in addition to the top prize in the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition. Finally, thrill to the frenzied passages and crazed sliding melodies of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 3.

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 pm

Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

Bronfman Play Beethoven 4

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor

Yefim Bronfman, piano

Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

Dvorák: Symphony No. 8

The Los Angeles Times speaks of Grammy®-Award winner pianist Yefim Bronfman's "technical prowess and unforced showmanship." The virtuoso returns to Houston to lend both depth and brilliance to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Music Director Designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada then brings out the exuberant woodwind melodies and carefree waltzes of Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.

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