Houston Symphony’s 2015-16 season: Corigliano, Mahler, music of the Americas, more

Posted on: January 30, 2015

“Three weeks of Beethoven symphonies. A rarely heard symphony by iconoclast Charles Ives. A new piece by Academy Award winner John Corigliano,” writes Steven Brown in Saturday’s (1/24) Houston Chronicle. In 2015-16, “his second season as music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada will continue themes he and the orchestra are introducing this season. They will spotlight music of the Americas in another free ‘Fiesta Sinfonica’ concert and through works by Peruvian-American Gabriela Lena Frank, Houstonian Pierre Jalbert and other U.S. composers. An Ives cycle that begins in March will continue in October with the Symphony No. 2…. Mahler’s Fifth will share [a] program with a world premiere by Corigliano: an orchestral version of his solo-violin showpiece ‘Stomp.’ … The third installment of the orchestra’s HD Odyssey multimedia series will match Antonin Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony with NASA video of faraway galaxies…. The orchestra also will spotlight rarities…. Orozco-Estrada will lead the orchestra and Houston Symphony Chorus’ first performances of Robert Schumann’s ‘The Pilgrimage of the Rose,’ a fairy-tale cantata about a rose that’s transformed into a maiden…. The season will be the next-to-last for principal pops conductor Michael Krajewski, who will step down in 2017 after 17 years, the orchestra says. Steven Reineke, a frequent Houston Symphony guest, will take over.”

Posted January 30, 2015