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Encore Houston, Episode 1: Mercury

The chamber orchestra Mercury performs Beethoven’s giant Ninth Symphony!


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Mercury Chamber Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor

In our premiere episode of Encore Houston, Mercury Chamber Orchestra takes on the Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Beethoven. Known for its great length and epic scale, this symphony is an enduring work that is not only recognized as a musical triumph for the composer, but also a personal one, as he wrote it while almost entirely deaf.

Joining Mercury in this performance are guest soloists and members of the Houston Symphony Chorus.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral"
  • Antoine Plante, conductor
  • Mary Wilson, soprano
  • Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
  • Zachary Wilder, tenor
  • Tyler Duncan, baritone
  • Houston Symphony Chorus
    • Betsy Cook Weber, director
  • Performance date: 5/14/2016
  • Originally aired: 1/7/2017
New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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