Sarah Chang Plus Copeland

Violinist Sarah Chang was eight years old when she stepped on stage for her debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1989. Two years later, she released her first CD. She was ten. In the 15 years since her debut, Chang has continued to impress both critics and fans. During the Sarah Chang Plus Copeland concert with the Houston Symphony the Korean-­American violinist will perform Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto.

Guest conductor Cristian Macelaru will be at the podium. Macelaru, winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award and a former member of the Houston Symphony, was resident conductor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. During his time there, he met and worked with Canadian­-American composer Karim Al-­Zand, also a member of the university faculty. Macelaru conducts Al­-Zand’s three-­part City Scenes, which as its title suggests was inspired by urban sounds. City Scenes is part of the Houston Symphony’s Sound + Vision concert series, a program that pairs music with visual images. In this case, Houston­-based photographer Libbie Masterson contributes a montage created in response to Al-­Zand’s work.

Also on the program is Copland’s Symphony No. 3. Look for a resplendent variation of the in the fourth movement.

8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‐247‐0220 or visit ­houstonsymphony.org. $25 to $125.

Photo by Colin Bell
Thu., Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 4, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 5, 2:30 p.m., 2014

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