Violinist Gil Shaham and Houston Symphony Start the '06-07 Season with Gypsy Zest | Playbill

Classic Arts News Violinist Gil Shaham and Houston Symphony Start the '06-07 Season with Gypsy Zest
For tonight, at least, he's the world's greatest Gypsy violinist. Gil Shaham joins the Houston Symphony Orchestra and music director Hans Graf for a season-opening gala concert featuring two showpieces by Pablo Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen ("Gypsy Airs") and the Carmen Fantasy, a suite arranged from Bizet's opera with the violin taking the vocal roles. Also featured are Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and a suite from Bizet's ballet L'Arlesi_nne.
Matters turn more serious next week as the HSO begins its subscription concerts with the Houston premiere of On the Transmigration of Souls, John Adams's memorial to the victims of 9/11/01. Beethoven's mighty Ninth Symphony completes the program.

Graf and the HSO celebrate the Shostakovich centenary with the Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad") November 9-12 and the Suite on Sonnets of Michelangelo Buonarroti (alongside Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony) March 1-4.

February 23-25 brings the world premiere of a viola concerto by Gabriela Lena Frank, commissioned by the HSO for its principal violist, Wayne Brook. Other contemporary American works on tap for the season include Steven Stucky's Son et lumire and Michael Gandolfi's Impressions from "The Garden of Cosmic Speculation".

Visiting soloists this season include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Lang Lang and Yefim Bronfman, and violinists Itzhak Perlman (who will conduct as well), Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn. Among the guest conductors on the program are the Atlanta Symphony's Robert Spano, the Colorado Symphony's Jeffrey Kahane and the Toronto Symphony's Peter Oundjian.

Information on and tickets for the Houston Symphony's 2006-07 season are available at

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