Category Archives: 2017-18 Season

Shostakovich’s Big Break: A Guide to His Symphony No. 1

Dmitri Shostakovich’s First Symphony may be the greatest graduation project of all time. Composed at the age of 18, Shostakovich’s First Symphony was written to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Leningrad Conservatory (earning him the equivalent of a college … Continue reading

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A Guide to Mahler’s Symphony No. 4

For three years, Mahler had composed almost nothing. His first three gargantuan symphonies had only met with sporadic success, if they were performed at all, and he was consumed with the Herculean task of his new job: running Vienna’s Imperial … Continue reading

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Dvořák’s Te Deum

In 1891, Mrs. Jeannette Thurber, an energetic American philanthropist and music lover, had a great triumph: she convinced the world-renowned Czech composer Antonin Dvořák to be the new director of her National Conservatory of Music in New York City. For … Continue reading

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Houston Symphony Cancels Performances due to Hurricane Harvey

Dear Patron, As our city and region continues to suffer from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and secure. During this difficult time, we want to keep you as up to … Continue reading

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Status of the Houston Symphony – Hurricane Harvey update

Dear Houston Symphony family member, Our hearts go out to everyone in our beloved Houston community affected by Hurricane Harvey. This is an incredibly challenging time for all of us. Many members of the Houston Symphony family are safe and … Continue reading

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