Houston Symphony: The Grammy winners tour Europe with chief conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, 9th-19th of March, 2018

Photo ©: Werner Kmetitsch

On March 9th, the Houston Symphony, just recently awarded with a Grammy, launches its tour of Europe under the baton of chief conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada.  The soloist for the eight concerts which take place in Europe's major musical centers will be Hillary Hahn. The tour to Belgium, Germany, Poland and Austria is both the first major European tour in roughly 20 years as well as Andrés Orozco-Estrada's first international tour with his American orchestra. At the end of January, the orchestra received its first Grammy Award for the recording of Alban Berg's “Wozzeck” under the baton of former music director, Hans Graf, and already was awarded an ECHO KLASSIK in the fall of 2017. In time for the start of the tour, the Houston Symphony and Andrés Orozco-Estrada released their new album, “Music of the Americas”, under the Pentatone label with works by Bernstein, Gershwin and Piazzolla.


Central to the tour repertoire will be Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, a work that was featured in Orozco-Estrada’s critically-acclaimed inaugural recording with the Houston Symphony. The program also celebrates the 100th birthday of legendary conductor, composer and musical ambassador Leonard Bernstein, including Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin (featuring Hilary Hahn); Overture to West Side Story; and Three Dance Episodes from On the Town. Rounding out the tour repertoire will be Dvořák’s The Noon Witch.


The tour opens at the distinguished Klarafestival at BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium (March 9), followed by two performances in Germany, one at Philharmonie Essen  (March 11) and one at Konzerthaus Berlin (March 12). The orchestra then travels to Warsaw, Poland, to perform at the Filharmonia Narodowa (March 14) before heading to Vienna, Austria (March 15) to perform at the Wiener Konzerthaus. The orchestra returns to Germany for the last leg of the tour to perform at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (March 17), the Hannover Congress Centrum (March 18), and Gasteig München (March 19).


As a cultural ambassador for the city and the region, the Houston Symphony has toured extensively, from regional tours to military bases in Texas and Louisiana, to international appearances in Singapore, Moscow and Japan in addition to various parts of Europe. Since becoming music director in 2014, Orozco-Estrada has quickly forged a strong artistic bond with the musicians of the Houston Symphony. This 2018 tour marks the next step in a dynamic artistic partnership that has included a series of critically-acclaimed recordings of the last four Dvořák symphonies under the Dutch recording label PENTATONE.

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