Bolero Highlights These HSO Concerts

What a great concert program there will be this weekend [Fri-Sun] Houston Symphony Orchestra’s schedule, highlighted by Gershwin’s
American in Paris, and Ravel’s iconic, “Bolero”. My wife and I will be so thrilled to be in Jones Hall in downtown Houston on Saturday night, March 26 to hear our world class symphony orchestra on this second week of Andres-Festival, honoring Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada’s wonderful tenure as director of the HSO-on this [2020-2021] his final season. On a personal note, my wife especially will enjoy this concert as not only will one of her favorite pieces will be performed, “An American in Paris” but also, her most favorite classical music piece will conclude the program, “Bolero.”

My wife and I, as do the many HSO patrons, love our dynamic friendly energetic conductor [Andres] and wish him well in his exciting future; I am sure giving pleasure to many with his Symphonic leadership.

From the Houston Symphony Orchestra Website: “These performances are part of a special two-week festival celebrating the outstanding tenure of Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his final year as Music Director.”

On this concert:

  • Ravel’s mesmerizing Boléro is one of classical music’s most electrifying live concert experiences.
  • Oscar-nominated composer Bruce Broughton has captured generations of moviegoers through his colorful film scores for Hollywood blockbusters like Silverado, Tombstone, and The Presidio, and this cinematic flourish shines bright in his new Horn Concerto, premiered on these concerts by Symphony Principal William VerMeulen.
  • Principal Tuba Dave Kirk gives the Texas premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s new Tuba Concerto, an exhilarating fusion of classical and jazz.
  • The hustle and flair of 1920s Paris comes alive in Gershwin’s jaunty, jazz-infused An American in Paris.”

So, please turn up the volume and enjoy a couple of the pieces my wife and I will be hearing this weekend, the Andres-Fest Weekend 2!

Note: on the first video, it has Maestro Andres himself conducting the Frankfort Radio Symphony Orchestra!

George Gershwin: An American In Paris:

Maurice Ravel: Bolero:

Congratulations and Bravo Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada!

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