The orchestra came of age in the 1940s as Maestros Hoffmann and Kurtz hired strong professional musicians who remained part of the orchestra for 30 or more years. Leopold Stokowski brought the orchestra international visibility by commissioning new music and making recordings and, in Sir John Barbirolli’s years, the Houston Symphony flowered under the influence of lush English Romanticism.
The orchestra moved into Jones Hall, its current home, in 1966, and in 1971, the Symphony signed its first
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