Classical Music

Encore Houston, Episode 12: Round Top Music Festival

Student musicians from the Round Top Music Festival perform powerhouses of the French orchestral repertoire.


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Round Top Music Festival musicians and conductor Perry So at the Festival Concert Hall
The Round Top Music Festival Orchestra with conductor Perry So

For this episode of Encore Houston, we go to Round Top, Texas, about halfway between Houston and Austin, for the 2016 Round Top Music Festival! This 46-year-old festival brings in young musicians from across the nation and the world for nearly two months of instruction and performance in chamber music and full orchestra settings. In this concert, conductor Perry So leads the festival musicians in a concert of all French music from the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Joining the student musicians are guest soloists Ransom Wilson and Pavel Vinnitsky. The music includes Paul Dukas’ ballet inspired by Persian folklore, a vigorous concerto by Jacques Ibert, and an academic clarinet work by Debussy, and finally Debussy’s epic evocation of the sea.

  • PAUL DUKAS, La Péri
  • JACQUES IBERT, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
  • CLAUDE DEBUSSY, Première rhapsodie
  • DEBUSSY, La mer
  • Ransom Wilson, flute
  • Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinet
  • Performance date: 7/2/2016
  • Originally aired: 3/25/2017


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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 HPM 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 for Houston...

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