Grammy Award-Winning Pianist Yefim Bronfman Returns To The Houston Symphony
The Houston Symphony and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada welcome back celebrated pianist Yefim Bronfman to the Jones Hall stage for one of the most technically challenging concertos in the piano repertory: Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 at 8 p.m., Sept. 21-22 and 2:30 p.m., Sept. 23.
Orozco-Estrada opens the program with his interpretation of Comedy, the second movement of Ives' Symphony No. 4, a challenging work which requires two conductors onstage. Pianist Peter Dugan returns having performed the work's Prelude the week prior to open the season. Then, Grammy Award-winning pianist Bronfman returns to the Houston Symphony to take on Prokofiev's daunting Piano Concerto No. 2.
The evening concludes with two Russian masterworks highlighting the Houston Symphony's virtuosity. Orozco-Estrada leads the orchestra in Prokofiev's beloved Symphony No. 1, Classical, known for its modern harmonies and orchestral colors. Shostakovich's spirited Ninth Symphony closes the show-stopping program.
Bronfman Plays Prokofiev takes 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 2018-19 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its fifth 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.