Houston Symphony’s Orozco-Estrada, transforming the concert experience

Posted on: October 17, 2018

“Andrés Orozco-Estrada moves like a 13-year-old at an arcade, with the podium as his personal ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ machine,” writes Wei-Huan Chen in Friday’s (10/12) Houston Chronicle. “He jumps…. His eyebrows shoot upward…. The maestro of the Houston Symphony is conducting the climax of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ symphony during a recent Sunday afternoon to a near-capacity Jones Hall…. When the violins glissando, they’re the answer to the question posed by his left hand…. The conductor is better compared to a movie director or a CEO. Asking what Orozco-Estrada, who is in his fifth year as music director of the Houston Symphony, does is like asking what Steve Jobs did. Nothing, and everything. The conductor is vision, personality, brand, leadership…. When he conducted “The Rite of Spring” in Houston earlier this year, there was a modern dancer onstage improvising to the music. A camera filmed her live, and a large projection screen displayed a psychedelic, distorted version of the dance that looked a bit like a ’90s PC screensaver. The dancer writhed on the ground. The audience, wearing 3-D glasses, saw her disembodied legs popping out of the screen…. It carried a bit of that Orozco-Estrada magic.” Says Orozco-Estrada, “It’s not about changing symphonies. It’s, ‘Keep going. Keep exploring.’ ”

Posted October 17, 2018

In photo: Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his dressing room after a performance at Jones Hall. Photo by Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle