Mozart & Dvorak

Courtesy of Houston Symphony

David Danzmayr leads the Houston Symphony is a rousing program at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which includes the energetic Fiesta! by new Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López. The four movements of López’s Fiesta!, or “pop dances” as López calls them, are an eclectic mix with time- and globe-spanning influences, such as Latin-American, Afro-Peruvian and even today’s club music. Also on the program are Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 2, played by Principal Horn William VerMeulen, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8., which, though it opens rather seriously, quickly takes a turn for the joyous as Dvorák musically waxes poetic about the wonders of nature. [Organizer's description:] Up-and-coming Austrian conductor David Danzmayr leads a program featuring the Houston Symphony’s new Composer-in-Residence: Jimmy López. With movements like “Trance” and “Techno,” López’ Fiesta! is a high-energy orchestral showpiece full of virtuoso rhythms. Houston Symphony Principal Horn William VerMeulen also plays Mozart’s sunny Horn Concerto No. 2, and the program concludes with the enchanting melodies of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8.
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