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Sexy new Houston Symphony conductor to lead a season with twist, surprises: Chasing music electricity

By Joel Luks

From the moment when Andrés Orozco-Estrada stepped onto the podium to lead his first concert with the Houston Symphony, the musicians knew they had found their guy. There was chemistry. Ther ...

Symphony's YPs Party

Tattoos for tunes? Young professionals celebrate start of Houston Symphony centennial season

By Joel Luks

The official arrival of autumn sounds the beginning of scores of social gatherings for the bigwigs of philanthropy. There is no such thing as a fermata (musical pause), either, for the next ge ...

Shelby's Social Diary

Marking end of an era, Houston Symphony Maestro's Wine Dinner is a sentimental affair

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Symphony music director Hans Graf exited his post in grand style Sunday night, ending his tenure as the symphony's longest-serving music director amid a stage full of admiring fans. The ...

Hans Graf's Grand Farewell

Hans Graf's farewell: Hang on to your Wunderhorn, this is Mahler like you've never heard it

By Theodore Bale

In 2000, he started at Houston Symphony with a program of Mozart, Schubert, John Adams and Carl Orff's popular Carmina Burana. Tonight, Maestro Hans Graf completes his impressive tenure as HSO& ...

Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events, including a historic goodbye

By Joel Luks

On tap this week are Hans Graf's last performance as Houston Symphony's music director, a history boat tour, an artsy evening that raises awareness for breast cancer prevention, dance on wa ...

A Gold Star for Hans

The most exclusive Walk of Fame ever? Houston music legend just the second honoree ever

By Joel Luks

As the role of music director at professional symphony orchestras has evolved to become not just the artistic voice but the father figure of these large ensembles, Hans Graf's 12-year tenure wi ...

A glittering goodbye

Houston Symphony Ball blends czar-like grandeur with New Orleans good time

By Shelby Hodge

Part sentimental adieu, part vibrant celebration, the Houston Symphony Ball "Russian Rhapsody" raised the bar Friday night on gala grandeur in an evening that honored departing maestro Ha ...

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What is insanity? Symphony's Wozzeck tackles deep issues — here's how to tackle the music

By Anthony K. Brandt

Editor's note: As the Houston Symphony stages a concert version of Alban Berg's epic opera Wozzeck Friday and Saturday, Shepherd School of Music composition faculty member Anthony ...

Inside the music

Hans Graf's labor of love: Retiring Houston Symphony maestro dares to be bold with epic Wozzeck

By Joel Luks

Wozzeck. Gesundheit. Such is the ongoing quip among young musicians who first encounter the mammoth score by Alban Berg, an opera that's forever imprinted in the history and theory cur ...

Looking good for a century

Houston Symphony reveals a starry 100th anniversary lineup: The big names coming are . . .

By Joel Luks

The Houston Symphony is looking mighty fresh in the eve of its centennial anniversary. A new, artsy logo alongside a robust guest list of musicians and conductors ushers a year-long musical fê ...

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