[HouTango-L] Houston Symphony gives free concert at Discovery Green, April 22

A. Lester Buck III buck at compact.com
Fri Apr 11 17:25:23 UTC 2014

Houston Symphony gives free concert at Discovery Green, April 22 


On April 22, the Houston Symphony will perform its first free
concert at Discovery Green. Celebrating joint anniversaries,
the Houston Symphony's Centennial  Season and Discovery Green's
sixth birthday, the two organizations will be joining forces to
create a  unique outdoor event open to all. Led by Concertmaster
Frank Huang, the concert will include a  performance of Astor
Piazzolla's tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a set of
four tango  compositions representing the four seasons, alongside
Tchaikovsky's famous Serenade for Strings.

"We are excited for this upcoming collaboration," said Houston
Symphony Executive Director and CEO Mark C. Hanson. "As we
celebrate our Centennial Season, what better way to show our
appreciation and love for this city than to partner with another
great organization and offer a free concert at Discovery Green,
a first for the Houston Symphony!"

Before the concert, attendees can take part in tango demonstrations
by The Argentine Tango School of Houston, enjoy tango music by
Rene Casarsa and sample free wine provided by Spec's beginning
at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will also be able to taste empanadas and
view a six-tier display cake in honor of the Houston Symphony
and Discovery Green's birthdays, graciously provided by Phoenicia
Specialty Foods.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our two local and respected
organizations to partner together to bring Houstonians a world
class concert," said Discovery Green President Barry Mandel
. "It's also a great way for us to commemorate Discovery Green's
sixth birthday and another year of bringing dynamic programming
to our visitors."

Discovery Green and the Houston Symphony thank the event's honorary
chairman, the Honorable Daniel O. Deodato, Consul General of
Argentina; the Mayor's Office of International Communities; and
partners Spec's, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, the Argentine Tango
School of Houston and Rene Casarsa.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Tango and Tchaikovsky: The Houston Symphony at Discovery Green
Frank Huang, conductor and concertmaster
Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St


For more information, visit www.houstonsymphony.org or

About Frank Huang

First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's
Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin
Competition, Frank Huang has an established career as a violin
virtuoso. At age 11, he first performed with the Houston
Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert and has served as
the orchestra's concertmaster since 2010.  He has performed
with orchestras throughout the world, including the Cleveland
and Genoa Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Saint
Paul and Amadeus! Chamber Orchestras, the Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra and the NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hannover. Recent
concerts include debuts in Wigmore Hall (London), Salle Cortot
(Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.)  and Herbst Theatre
(San Francisco). His second recital in Alice Tully Hall featured
the world premiere of Donald Martino's Sonata for Solo Violin.

Huang has performed on NPR's Performance Today, Good Morning
America and CNN's American Morning. His first commercial recording
with Fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg and Waxman was
released on the Naxos label in 2003. He has performed in many
competitions and won top prize awards in the Premio Paganini
International Violin Competition and the International Violin
Competition of Indianapolis. He received Gold Medals in the
Kingsville International Competition, the Irving M. Klein
International String Competition and the D'Angelo Young Artist

Deeply committed to chamber music, Huang has attended the Marlboro
Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute,
The Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival and the
Caramoor Festival; he frequently participates in Musicians From
Marlboro tours. He was selected by the Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious Chamber Music
II program. Huang was previously first violinist of the Grammy®
award-winning Ying Quartet and on faculty at the Eastman School
of Music.  Huang is a faculty member at Rice University and the
University of Houston and teaches during the summers at the Bowdoin
International Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival and South
Korea's Great Mountains International Music Festival. He performs
with pianist Gilles Vonsattel and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and
serves as concertmaster and leader of Sejong, a conductorless
chamber orchestra in New York.

About Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a 12-acre park created by a public-private
partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit
Discovery Green Conservancy. Since the park opened in April
2008, it has welcomed more than 6 million visitors and hosted
more than 600 public and private events per year. The Discovery
Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to
present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which
are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization,
the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming
that Houstonians enjoy.

About the Houston Symphony

During the 2013-14 Season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its
100th year as one of America's leading orchestras with a full
complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording
activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing
arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at
The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913.  Today,
with an annual operating budget of $30.4 million, the full-time
ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing
arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 280 concerts for
280,000 people, including 84,000 children, annually. For tickets
and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or
call 713-224-7575.

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