Houston Symphony

Formed 1913
Houston Symphony
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Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony Biography (Wikipedia)

The Houston Symphony is an American orchestra based in Houston, in the U.S. state of Texas. Since 1966, it has performed at the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston.

The first concert of what was to become the Houston Symphony took place on June 21, 1913, sponsored by the Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg. Initially, the orchestra was composed of only 35 part-time musicians. Despite its small stature and budget, the orchestra and its first conductor, Julien Paul Blitz, enjoyed a good response and continued to perform. Blitz conducted until 1916, then Paul Bergé, until the orchestra disbanded in 1918.

The orchestra reformed in 1930, still as a semi-professional orchestra, and gave its first full season of concerts the following year conducted by Uriel Nespoli. In the spring of 1936 the symphony society officially became the Houston Symphony Society. Ernst Hoffmann began his tenure that year with increased support from the Society and began hiring professional musicians. The orchestra continued to expand over the next several decades, and its first 52-week contract was signed in 1971.

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Tobias Picker
Old and Lost Rivers
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Old and Lost Rivers
Richard Strauss
Frühling (Four Last Songs)
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Frühling (Four Last Songs)
Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No 9
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Symphony No 9
Antonín Dvořák
Slavonic Dances Op. 46, No 5
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Slavonic Dances Op. 46, No 5
Richard Strauss
4 Letzte Lieder for voice and orchestra (AV.150), Im Abendrot
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4 Letzte Lieder for voice and orchestra (AV.150), Im Abendrot
Carl Orff
Tanz (Carmina burana)
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Tanz (Carmina burana)
Maurice Ravel
pavane for a dead princess (feat. Charles Munch & Houston Symphony)
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pavane for a dead princess (feat. Charles Munch & Houston Symphony)
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