Houston Symphony: Copland and Dvorák

Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst makes his Houston Symphony debut with Copland and Dvorák, a program that features Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7. Also on the program are Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 1 and Goran Fröst’s (Martin’s brother) Klezmer Dances for Clarinet and Strings.

Copland and Dvorák are stylistically different, according to Brinton Averil Smith, the Houston Symphony’s principal cellist. “Dvorák may give you a whole symphony full of yearning, but Copland gives you moments of yearning and a lot of moments of tapping your feet,” Smith says. “You have the singing Dvorák melodies, but you also have this structural tension…For [Dvorák]…there’s something in the mix of darkness and light, the real drama and the tension that I don’t think he had in his previous symphonies. This [piece] was really a giant.”

The Houston Symphony’s music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, still in his inaugural year, leads the orchestra.
Thu., March 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 14, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 15, 2:30 p.m., 2015

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