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Happy 70th Birthday, Houston Symphony Chorus!

A love letter and audio birthday card to the Houston Symphony Chorus in honor of its 70th Anniversary

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It began with a rehearsal on October 29, 1946, and the seeds were sown for the Houston Symphony Chorus.

Now 70 years later, this official choral arm of the Houston Symphony is celebrating its rich and colorful history of memorable performances, working with legendary conductors, forming friendships and making beautiful music.

Here's a sound portrait of the Houston Symphony Chorus' past and present, as told by Chorus Director Betsy Cook Weber.

Music used in this segment:

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff (excerpts)
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Houston Symphony
Colombian Youth Philharmonic
Houston Symphony Chorus & high school students
Recorded July 17, 18, 2015

"Ode to Joy" from Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven (excerpts)
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Houston Symphony & Chorus
Recorded March 18 – 20, 2016

Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein (excerpts)
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Houston Symphony & Chorus
Recorded March 18 – 20, 2016

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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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