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Houston Public Media to Broadcast Houston Symphony Season Preview

Houston Public Media will broadcast a special Houston Symphony 2016-17 Season Preview on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at 8 p.m. on News 88.7. The program, hosted and produced by Houston Public Media’s arts and culture producer Catherine Lu, will feature
interviews, insights and musical selections to highlight the upcoming season at Jones Hall.

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Houston Public Media will broadcast a special Houston Symphony 2016-17 Season Preview on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at 8 p.m. on News 88.7. The program, hosted and produced by Houston Public Media' s arts and culture producer Catherine Lu, will feature interviews, insights and musical selections to highlight the upcoming season at Jones Hall.

"The Season Preview program is fun because it's like a virtual backstage pass where you get a behind-the-scenes look at why certain pieces were chosen for the season and you hear the personal stories behind those decisions," said Lu. "It's also exciting to learn about the friendships that the orchestra has formed with world-class guest artists."

The special guest on this year's Season Preview broadcast is Houston Symphony's senior artistic advisor, Aurelie Desmarais, who has 20 years' experience with the Houston Symphony. Lu and Desmarais will discuss exciting highlights this season including the return of former Music Directors, Hans Graf and Christoph Eschenbach, to conduct the Houston Symphony and opening night with Oscarwinning actor, Sir Ben Kingsley, who will be narrating Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." Listeners will also hear interview excerpts from music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

"What I value most about our relationship with Houston Public Media is that it enables us to bring audiences closer to our art form, thus making them feel like they're part of the music-making experience," said Houston Symphony Executive Director and CEO Mark C. Hanson. "We're excited to embark on Andrés' third season as our music director, which will feature the end of our Beethoven Cycle and a brand new Young Composer Competition."

The Houston Symphony weekly broadcast series, featuring current season and favorite past performances recorded in Houston Public Media's multi-track studio at Jones Hall, airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. on News 88.7 and every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Houston Public Media Classical.

To learn more about Houston's arts and culture scene, including the Houston Symphony, visit houstonpublicmedia.org/arts.

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About Houston Public Media
Houston Public Media combines broadcast and digital assets to serve residents of Southeast Texas with a curated mix of trusted local news and entertainment with exceptional national programming from NPR and PBS. Houston Public Media is a public service from the University of Houston, its license holder, and is supported with financial gifts to the Houston Public Media Foundation. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.5 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that expands minds and possibilities with trusted information. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/houstonpublicmedia and Twitter at twitter.com/HoustonPubMedia.

About the Houston Symphony
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its third season with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America's leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call (713) 224-7575.

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