Out with Bartok
Sandy wreaks havoc on a Houston Symphony concert, but a violinist swoops in tosave the day
Houstonians haven't been affected much by Hurricane Sandy's wrath. Other than disrupting travel plans and having to bear nonstop news coverage of the massive weather system, our city has, for the most part, remained relatively unattached from Mother Nature's rage.
Flying in like a hero to save the day with a violin and a bow on hand is Houston Symphony concertmaster Frank Huang.
Violin soloist Augustin Hadelich was scheduled to perform Béla Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2 at Jones Hall with conductor guest Alexander Shelley. But with flight cancelations and inclement conditions, he is unable to find safe passage into Houston.
The young German violinist has been hailed as a thoughtful musician with a warm and lyrical tone. And though his weather cancelation is a loss for the Houston Symphony, don't be in a rush to trade those seats.
Flying in like a hero to save the day with a violin and a bow on hand is Houston Symphony concertmaster Frank Huang. He's stepping in last minute to offer concertgoers a different tune: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major.
Though the Russian showpiece is a standard in the fiddle repertoire, learned sometimes at the pre-conservatory level and perfected during college, it's a work whose mastery and interpretation matures with age and experience.
Huang taking it on with short notice (rumor says he's fighting a cold too)? Now that's something to watch. An all Tchaikovsky program? Not bad at all.
Houston Symphony presents "Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5" on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online or by calling 713-224-7575.