Saturday, September 5, 2020 Houston Symphony Opens 2020-21 Season Sept. 12; concert includes "Jessie Montgomery's Banner for string quartet and string orchestra"

Jessie Montgomery

Houston Symphony Opens Its 2020–21 Season With New Programming, Continued Livestreaming, And Safety Measures At Jones Hall 

BWW News Desk Sep. 4, 2020

The Houston Symphony prepares to open its 2020-21 Season this month, with new programming to accommodate social distancing onstage, comprehensive safety protocols throughout Jones Hall, and a measured approach to welcoming small audiences safely back to the live concert experience, as livestreaming continues for those at home.

"We've had a great summer, with nearly 750,000 viewers for our 'Living Room Series', our 'Live from Jones Hall' streams, and our musician videos," says John Mangum, Houston Symphony Executive Director/CEO and holder of the Margaret Alkek Williams Chair. "We're proud to be the first major orchestra in the United States with a regular performance schedule. Now that we have our musicians back on stage to play each week, it's time to start welcoming our patrons back to Jones Hall. Live performance for audiences is at the heart of what we do, so this is the natural next step for us as we chart our course for the future."


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For the Symphony's Opening Night on September 12, the livestreamed performance will be available exclusively to gala ticket holders and includes food and beverage delivery to their homes thanks to City Kitchen. Concertmaster and Max Levine Chair Yoonshin Song is the violinist and leader for a program that includes works by three of today's pre-eminent women composers-Jessie Montgomery's Banner for string quartet and string orchestra (based on the Star Spangled Banner and Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing), Keiko Abe's Conversations in the Forest for marimba duo, and Jennifer Higdon's Autumn Music for wind quintet-alongside Gabrieli's Duodecimi Toni, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, and Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins.

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