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Houston Symphony names new conductor after secret rehearsal: Hans Graf's replacement is . . .

By Joel Luks

Think of the Houston Symphony's search for a new maestro a tad like a season of the Bachelorette. Many attractive suitors step on her podium, wave their baton, make beautiful music and wond ...


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The businessman conductor: 40 Under Forty darling Heras-Casado's skills give him a real Symphony shot

By Joel Luks

Not long before the reverberant sound of the last whomp of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major smacked listeners right in the face — that's a good thing — keyboard god J ...


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Goose bumps from blastoff to Orbit: Houston Symphony space show somehow exceeds the buzz

By Joel Luks

Standing motionless and transfixed, maestro Giancarlo Guerrero let the sound of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring dissipate into the abyss that is Jones Hall before anyone in the audience ...


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Here he comes to save the day: Jakub Hruša propels Houston Symphony beyond technical limits

By Joel Luks

Arms stretched out in flight position, tuxedo tails still flapping, Jakub Hruša held a bold stance at the end of the second movement of Leoš Janáček's Taras Bulba. Sho ...


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Brahms, sex and cigarettes: Houston Symphony loses its inhibitions with maestro Christoph Koenig

By Joel Luks

Upon entering Jones Hall, I feel goose bumps when I am faced with a stage overcrowded with stands, percussion instruments, a harp and row after row after row of chairs awaiting the arrival of 200 p ...


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Houston Symphony guest conductor Gilbert Varga engineers a smooth Haydn & rocky Ravel

By Joel Luks

Another guest conductor treaded onto the Houston Symphony's podium last weekend at Jones Hall. Making his symphony debut was Gilbert Varga, who's more in-demand overseas than ...


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The cougars love him, but is German hottie David Afkham prepared to take the baton from Hans Graf?

By Joel Luks

What could otherwise be considered youth orchestra repertoire at the hands of an educator was masterfully led by 28-year-old German-born conductor David Afkham for the Houston Symphony last we ...


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The wildcard candidate: Mark Wigglesworth practices baton war, rebukes cellphone users & Symphony jumps

By Joel Luks

With a name like Wigglesworth, you are either a pompous feline in need of constant pampering, a Harry Potter character or just British. Given what the Houston Symphony has had on stage — Nora ...


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Houston's new maestro: Enrique Carreón-Robledo tabbed to lead Opera in the Heights

By Joel Luks

After a year-long search, snazzy and chic Opera in the Heights, better known as Oh!, has finally honed in on its new artistic director. Mexican-born Enrique Carreón-Robledo will be the n ...


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A frontrunner? Spanish señor wakes up the Symphony's Hans Graf replacement race

By Joel Luks

"I like to take a nap when I listen to Mozart," a lady behind me announced to her younger companion. "It relaxes me." I laughed it off initially, but when she claimed she wa ...


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