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Marc Albrecht On Brahms, Mountains And The Journey Of An Artist

The German conductor talks about his Houston Symphony debut, growing up in a musical family and more.

Conductor Marc Albrecht at HPM
Conductor Marc Albrecht at HPM

Marc Albrecht loves mountains, both literal and symbolic.

The German conductor (who is music director of the Dutch National Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra) is planning a summer trip to the Dolomites, where he’ll hike – with musical scores tucked in his backpack – and enjoy nature. And, this weekend, he’ll conduct the Houston Symphony in a mountain-of-a-symphony, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

For its classical-series season finale, the Houston Symphony presents Marc Albrecht in his debut with the orchestra, featuring a program that also includes Schumann’s Overture to Genoveva and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with Grammy-winning violinist, Gil Shaham, as the soloist.

Maestro Albrecht stopped by the studio to talk about working with the Houston Symphony and Gil Shaham for the first time, how Brahms’ first symphony shaped the composer as an artist, and his own journey as a conductor.

The Houston Symphony presents the program, Shaham Plus Brahms, on Friday, May 19, 8pm; Saturday, May 20, 8pm; and Sunday, May 21, 2:30pm at Jones Hall.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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