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Fabien Gabel On Tchaikovsky And More

Get to know the French maestro, who returns to conduct the Houston Symphony, including a speed-round of questions!

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  • The Paris-born maestro regularly conducts the major orchestras of Europe, North American and Asia.  Since 2013 he has served as music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist's website)
    The Paris-born maestro regularly conducts the major orchestras of Europe, North American and Asia. Since 2013 he has served as music director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist's website)
  • Best advice he ever got? "Be patient"; Post-concert ritual: "I text my wife." (Photo Credit: Nikolai Schukoff)
    Best advice he ever got? "Be patient"; Post-concert ritual: "I text my wife." (Photo Credit: Nikolai Schukoff)
  • Fabien Gabel and Catherine Lu at HPM, March 9, 2017.
    Fabien Gabel and Catherine Lu at HPM, March 9, 2017.

Fabien Gabel has many reasons why he enjoys coming back to Houston – an affection for Mexican food, a chance to see an old high school friend, and another opportunity to collaborate with the Houston Symphony.

This week marks the Paris-based maestro's third time to conduct the orchestra, featuring a program of Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and his Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Ingrid Fliter, as well as Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique."

Maestro Gabel sat down with me to talk about Tchaikovsky's masterpiece and to share several fun facts about himself in a speed-round of questions!

The Houston Symphony presents Tchaikovsky's Pathétique on Saturday, March 11, 8pm and Sunday, March 12, 2:30pm at Jones Hall.

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Catherine Lu

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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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