Houston Symphony to co-sponsor concert commemorating fall of Berlin Wall

Posted on: June 13, 2014

“The Gewandhaus Orchestra from Leipzig, Germany, one of Europe’s oldest and most respected orchestras, will perform in Houston Nov. 3,” writes Steven Brown in Tuesday’s (6/10) Houston Chronicle. “Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra’s chief conductor since 2005, will lead the concert, which is part of a U.S. tour. Danish-born violinist Nikolaj Znaider will be the soloist. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will formally announce the event Thursday at City Hall. The concert will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and former President George H.W. Bush will be honorary chairs of the concert. The Houston Symphony and Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association are sponsoring the performance.… Composer Felix Mendelssohn directed the orchestra in the 1830s and 1840s, and the group’s Jones Hall concert will include two of his works: the Violin Concerto, featuring Znaider, and the ‘Reformation’ Symphony.” Following the Houston concert, the Gewandhaus Orchestra will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; Symphony Hall in Boston; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark; and at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Posted June 13, 2014