The Houston Symphony, and Miller Outdoor Theatre present Summer Symphony Nights.
For over seventy years, the Houston Symphony has thrilled Houstonians with live performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Sponsored in part by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, these concerts are FREE and open to the public. This summer, Houstonians can hear great classical music under the stars on June 21, 22, 28 and 29, in addition to the annual 4th of July Star-Spangled Salute concert.
Mozart and Scheherezade
June 22, 2013, 8:30 pm
The concert will feature popular works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Led by associate conductor Robert Franz, the concert will also feature cello soloist Christine Lamprea, (pictured) a native of San Antonio and winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition, who will make her debut with the Houston Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s technically challenging Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra.
The second half of the concert will be equally entertaining for outdoor audiences. Scheherazade, one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s most evocative works, illustrates some of the oriental stories spun by Scheherazade in the literary epic, The Arabian Nights. Opening with the themes of the frustrated sultan and the storytelling Scheherazade, the piece weaves through stories of Sinbad and his ship to festivals held in the city of Baghdad. With vast elaborate colors and dazzling, memorable themes that bring about visions of the ancient orient, audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy this performance.
Robert Franz, conductor
Christine Lamprea, cello (2013 winner of the Sphinx Competition)
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, Paris
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra
About Christine Lamprea
Colombian-American Cellist Christine Lamprea is the Senior Division First Place Laureate of the 2013 Annual Sphinx Competition presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. She performs as part of the Sphinx Soloist Program sponsored by the GM Foundation. Noted for her “charm” and “supreme panache,” Lamprea is a multi-faceted young soloist and chamber musician. Her Sphinx Competition win has earned her a spot on the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program, where she will be a featured soloist with major orchestras worldwide.
Lamprea has received awards from the National Foundation of the Advancement of the Arts, the Young Texas Artists' Competition and most recently won First Prize in the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. An experienced chamber musician, Lamprea has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe alongside musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping and Carol Wincenc. Most recently, she was a member of a small ensemble working with Anthony Coleman on avant garde composer John Zorn's game piece Cobra for musical improvisers and prompter.
Lamprea strives to expand her musicianship by exploring less familiar venues of performance and teaching. She has worked with members of the Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. In addition to this performance in Houston, she will be a guest artist at the Silicon Valley Music Festival in June 2013.
A passionate teacher, Lamprea worked with Ecuadorian youth in Quito and Guayaquil as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and "Sinfonia Por La Vida," a social inclusion program based on Venezuela's El Sistema. She continued her outreach as a Gluck Community Service Fellow at Juilliard, performing in hospitals and nursing homes in and around New York City as part of a mixed ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians. After completing her undergraduate studies with Bonnie Hampton at Juilliard, Lamprea began her Master's studies at New England Conservatory with Natasha Brofsky in 2011.
Lamprea plays on a 1711 David Tecchler cello, generously loaned to her by the New England Conservatory.
This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets.
As always, open seating on the hill.
Phone: (281) FREE-FUN (373-3386)
Dates & Times
June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013, 8:30 pm.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Free parking available in Hermann Park lots
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