Andrés Orozco-Estrada: Houston sounds
From Leopold Stokowski toAndré Previn and Christoph Eschenbach, the Houston Symphony has cultivated a prestigious line of music directors. To celebrate its centennial in 2013, the orchestra invited a new maestro to work with them: Colombian-born and Viennese-trained Andrés Orozco-Estrada. “Houston is a multicultural city where nearly 100 languages are spoken, and the diversity of the musicians and myself refects that.” The conductor is aiming
for excellence in Texas. “The Houston Symphony has a long history, but it still has a freshness about it; together, we are going to forge our own sound.” The repertoire also aims to be Houstonian,
in other words, multifaceted: Mozart’s Requiem, Dvorak and Shostakovich’s symphonies, contemporary works and
the Star Trek soundtrack. Incongruous? Not in the least, since Houston is also home to NASA’s Space Center.