Houston Symphony Presents All-Beethoven Concert This Summer
American conductor Aram Demirjian makes his Houston Symphony debut for the one-night only, all-Beethoven program Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m., part of the Bank of America Summer Series at Jones Hall lineup.
Demirjian, Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, leads a program that features some of the most famous works of Beethoven's middle period. During this stage of his life, Beethoven revolutionized music as he grappled with his own encroaching deafness and the fallout of the Napoleonic wars.
Demirjian will open the program with the overtures to Egmont, Coriolan and Leonore, and conclude with Beethoven's towering masterpiece, his Symphony No. 5. Each work on the program deals with themes of conflict and heroism; this concert would serve as a perfect introduction to Beethoven for those new to orchestral music.
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.
About the Houston Symphony
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.