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Mozart Fanboy: A Guide to Schubert’s Symphony No. 5

1816 was a busy year for Franz Schubert. He composed approximately 200 compositions, including a mass, various other sacred choral works, his Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, an overture, two concertante works for violin and orchestra, at least two string quartets, … Continue reading

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Meet New Composer-In-Residence Jimmy López

This season, the Houston Symphony welcomes a new Composer-in-Residence, Jimmy López. Born in Peru, trained in Finland and currently living in San Francisco, López’ star has been on the rise in recent years, most notably with the high-profile world premiere … Continue reading

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After the Storm: Hurricane Harvey and the Houston Symphony

Houston has weathered many storms, but Hurricane Harvey was unprecedented. Catastrophic flooding shut down our city for over a week, and many areas are still struggling to return to normal. Houston’s Theater District was not exempt; our home, Jones Hall, … Continue reading

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Winter Daydreams: A Guide to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1

Following the success of the recently opened St. Petersburg Conservatory, the first institution of its kind in Russia, a second conservatory opened in Moscow in 1866. Among the new professors was one of the first graduates of the St. Petersburg … Continue reading

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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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