Israeli Conductor and Dutch Violinist Make Houston Symphony Debut

Israeli Conductor and Dutch Violinist Make Houston Symphony DebutIsraeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber takes the podium as he makes his Houston Symphony debut for Tchaikovsky 4 on Jan. 25 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Jones Hall.

Known as one of today's leading conductors of operatic and orchestral repertoire, Wellber leads the orchestra in a program featuring works by magnificent composers. Wellber opens the program with Mozart's Overture and Ballet Music from Idomeneo, an opera centered on Idomeneo, a mythical King of Crete who was obliged to sacrifice his son to appease the god Poseidon. The premiere took place two days after Mozart's 25th birthday and likely increased his confidence.

Also making her Houston Symphony debut is Dutch violin virtuoso Simone Lamsma who will treat listeners to an unforgettable interpretation of Britten's ravishing Violin Concerto. Lamsma's performance of Britten's Violin Concerto has received ecstatic praise by critics all over the world. The program then concludes with Tchaikovsky's expressive Symphony No. 4, a compelling musical drama the composer regarded as his "best symphonic work."

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

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