When people think “Texas tradition”, the phrase often conjures up some sort of cattle drive, country line dance, or classic big-haired beauty queen. But contrary to popular, Bach, Brahms and Beethoven are long-held Texas traditions as well. With its first concert on June 21st 1913, today marks the 100th year anniversary of the Houston Symphony. It was originally founded by noted Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg, and started out as a part-time regional orchestra. Through the ups and downs of world wars, a turbulent Houston Recession in the 1980s, and a massive flood loss from tropical storm Allison, the Houston Symphony has been a solid classical music venue for Southeast Texas. Today, thanks to its continually inventive programming, the Houston Symphony has grown into one of the premiere classical organizations in the world.
To usher in it’s Second Century, the Houston Symphony has hired Classical music superstar Andres Orozco- Estrada to be the new Music Director. It promises to be an exciting season, with lots more to come. This is one Texas tradition that is sure to stick around, even without the cattle prods.
Congratulations Houston Symphony. Can’t wait to hear the next act.