Category Archives: 2010-2011 season

Meet Betsy Cook Weber, Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Betsy Cook Weber as the new Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus. As she begins her new responsibilities, Houston Symphony Magazine spoke with Betsy about her plans for the Chorus her love of choral … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff in Love: The Troubled Genesis of a Masterpiece, Part II

Last time, we discovered how Rachmaninoff overcame composer’s block with the help of Dr. Nikolai Dahl’s hypnosis therapy and ultimately produced once of his best loved pieces, his Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor.  What I didn’t tell you, … Continue reading

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Hypnosis and Rachmaninoff 2: The Troubled Genesis of a Masterpiece

So often we imagine our favorite composers as musical superheroes: great geniuses who have total, unerring confidence in their own abilities to inspire us, confound the critics, and make history. Some composers do have egos to match their talents (Wagner … Continue reading

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Community Orchestras Jam at Jones Hall!

Last week, two of Houston’s many community orchestras joined forces with Robert Franz and the Houston Symphony for two evenings of side-by-side rehearsals. The Houston Civic Symphony rehearsed with the Houston Symphony on Tuesday, September 2, and the Texas Medical … Continue reading

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Q&A with Alison Balsom and Houston Symphony Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes

Alison Balsom, British trumpeter extraordinaire and recipient of the 2013 Gramophone Awards “Artist of the Year” title, will be gracing the Jones Hall stage on September 13 for the 2014-2015 Season Opening Night Concert. Recently, the Houston Symphony’s own principal … Continue reading

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