Thursday, May 10, 2018

Oh, What A Great HSO Concert Night

As we are nearing the close of the 2017/18 classical concert season for the Houston Symphony Orchestra [about one more week to go], this weekend's [special night Thursday replacing Saturday's usual night, along with Friday and Sunday] concert is truly a great concert program featuring Brahms and Sibelius.

Brahms' beautiful melodic Symphony #3 and his mesmerizing Variations on a Theme of Haydn [one of my favorite pieces] are featured along with Sibelius exciting Violin Concerto in D minor.  This from the Houston Symphony Orchestra's website: "Hear Sibelius’ passionate Violin Concerto when the brilliant young violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to Jones Hall.  From its snowy opening to its final “polonaise for polar bears,” this masterpiece is a true tour-de-force of violin playing.  AndrĂ©s [Orozco-Estrada] leads an exciting performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.  A showcase for the orchestra, this epic score features a hauntingly beautiful horn solo and ends with a twist."

If this wasn't enough to make this a special concert night - for those arriving early - there will be a special chamber concert piece played by members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.  From the HSO website: "Pre-Concert Activities: For the Brahms and Sibelius program (May 10, 11 and 13), Principal Second Violin MuChen Hsieh, Associate Principal Viola Joan DerHovsepian and Principal Cello Brinton Averil Smith join guest concertmaster Kevin Lin before each concert for a performance of Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 76, No. 4, nicknamed the Sunrise Quartet for its evocative opening.  The chamber music begins 45 minutes prior to the concert and replaces the regularly scheduled Prelude discussion."

So, this will be a great concert night indeed for the fetching Mrs. B and I, who will be going Friday night May 11, 2018.

As usual when we go to a Houston Symphony Orchestra concert, I like to give you a glimpse from some of the pieces  we will be hearing in Houston's Jones Hall.  So, please turn up your volume and enjoy some Brahms and Sibelius.

Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, movement 3, Allegro ma non tanto

Johannes Brahms: Symphony #3 in F Major, Movement 3, Poco Allegretto:

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn:

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