Award-Winning British Conductor Bramwell Tovey Makes Debut In Bernstein And Stravinsky Program

Award-Winning British Conductor Bramwell Tovey Makes Debut In Bernstein And Stravinsky ProgramThe Houston Symphony welcomes famed conductor Bramwell Tovey, Grammy winner and Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as he makes his Houston debut in Stravinsky's Firebird on March 29-31 at 8 p.m. in Jones Hall.

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the program in Leonard Bernstein's The Age of Anxiety (Symphony No. 2), as part of the Symphony's - and orchestras around the world - season-long celebration of Bernstein's centennial birthday. The unconventional orchestral piece, featuring solo piano, is based on W.H. Auden's Pulitzer Prize-winning poem, The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue.

Under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber, the Houston Symphony Chorus is featured in Stravinsky's neoclassical choral symphony, Symphony of Psalms. The program then concludes with Stravinsky's fiery and bold masterpiece, Suite from L'oiseau de feu - commonly known as The Firebird.

The concert will 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. 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.

During the 2017-18 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its fourth season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada and continues its second century as one of America's leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 88 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony's four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston.

The Grammy Award-winning Houston Symphony has recorded under various prestigious labels, including Naxos, Koch International Classics, Telarc, RCA Red Seal, Virgin Classics and, most recently, Dutch recording label Pentatone. In 2017, the Houston Symphony was awarded an ECHO Klassik award for the live recording of Alban Berg's Wozzeck under the direction of former Music Director Hans Graf. The orchestra earned its first Grammy nomination and Grammy Award at the 60th annual ceremony for the same recording in the Best Opera Recording category.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.



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