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March 18, 2014

Sounds of the big city come to Huntsville

Houston Symphony to perform at SHSU

HUNTSVILLE — Many consider the symphony, to be the supreme cultivation of musical refinement. This performing art historically has been reserved for large metropolitan areas.

However, with the opening of the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center on the campus of Sam Houston State University, more culture is coming to Huntsville.  

“This has opened many doors of opportunity for Huntsville because we are able to draw more guest performers like the Houston Symphony to our community,” explained Emily Binetti, marketing coordinator for SHSU’s College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

Today at 7:30 p.m. the Houston Symphony will perform a community concert at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center with tickets ranging from $30 to $35. World famous composer Antonio Vivaldi’s classic “The Four Seasons” will be performed and conducted by award winning violin soloist Frank Huang.

Despite being composed almost 300 years ago, “The Four Seasons” is still considered a masterpiece, featuring four violin concertos, each resembling a season of the year. Included also will be Tchaikovsky’s timeless romantic “Serenade for Strings.”

As a prodigy, Huang first performed with the Houston Symphony at the age of 11 and would go on to establish his career as a violin virtuoso.  

The current conductor and concertmaster has captured first prize at the Hannover (Germany) International Violin Competition as well as the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Violin Competition in 2000 and 2003, respectively.  

Huang has performed with orchestras and debuted in concerts throughout the United States and around the world including the Wigmore Hall (London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Herbst Theatre (San Francisco) and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

 His deep commitment to chamber music has led to performances on the Today Show, Good Morning America and CNN’s American Morning.

Huang is also currently a faculty member at Rice University and the University of Houston and teaches during the summers at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.   

“Instead of driving all the way to Houston to see world-class entertainment you can enjoy it right here in Huntsville,” Binetti said.

The Houston Symphony is perhaps the oldest performing arts organization in Texas. Historic Majestic Theater in downtown Houston served as the site of the symphony’s inaugural performance in 1913.

With a full complement of concert, community, and recording activities, this year will mark the orchestras 100th year as one of America’s best.

Tickets for tonight’s performance are available online at or by calling (936) 294-2339.

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