Virtuosi of Houston, youth orchestra that rehearses at a mall and performs throughout the city

Posted on: November 30, 2017

“The shopping mall can be one of the most dreaded places to visit during the holiday season as shoppers race about,” writes Lawrence Elizabeth Knox in Sunday’s (11/26) Houston Chronicle. “Memorial City Mall, however, has a calming room of music tucked down a side hallway near Target. During a recent Thursday, musicians ages 11 to 18 filled the room, and … conductor Andrzej Grabiec was leading them through Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 … The evening marked the first rehearsal of the season for the chamber orchestra known as Virtuosi of Houston. Co-artistic directors Grabiec and Franz Anton Krager … founded Virtuosi in 1996… As many as 150 children audition each year, but only about 50 are accepted…. Zarine Boyce … has volunteered her services as president and CEO of the music organization for the past 18 years…. Once a child is accepted into the orchestra, he or she is never turned away for lack of being able to afford it…. Each year, [Virtuosi] ensembles present about 105 concerts, a majority … in venues like hospitals and senior living facilities. Another program, A Touch of Music, is an after-school collaboration between Virtuosi and the Houston Independent School District.”

Posted November 30, 2017