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Houston Symphony’s New Music Director Makes His Debut

Andres Orozco-Estrada hopes to get more Houstonians interested in classical music.

Andres Orozco-Estrada
Andres Orozco-Estrada hopes to get more Houstonians interested in classical music. Photo credit: Houston Symphony

 

35 year old Andres Orozco-Estrada became interested in conducting as a teenager in Colombia. When he was 19, he moved to Vienna to continue his studies.

After leading orchestras in Europe, Orozco-Estrada now becomes the Houston Symphony’s first Latino music director.

Known for his rapport with the audience, Orozco-Estrada says his goal is the get more Houstonians interested in classical music.

“The music is there for everyone. It’s like in a museum. Everyone can go to the museum and enjoy the art — and music is the same. And eveyone can enjoy it, even if you don’t know so much about the composer or the piece you’re hearing about.”

Orozco-Estrada leads the symphony in a series of concerts this weekend.

 

Andres Orozco-Estrada in Spanish about his arrival in Houston:

“Bueno, pues es un placer para mi estar aquí en Houston como el nuevo director artístico de la “Houston Symphony.”

“Y, lo mas importante siempre es entender que la música symphonica es una música que es para todos. Y que hay que darse la oportunidad de venir a disfrutar, a descubrir el universo de la música clásica.”

“Y es lo que vengo hacer yo tambien. Yo vengo de trabajar con muchas orquestas y de vivir en Viena, soy Colombiano.”

“Y ahora vengo, pues, aquí a Houston a compartir también con todos, pues, mi energía y mi conocimiento y sobre todos las ganas de que la “Houston Symphony” sigue creciendo en su diversidad del público, y que todo el mundo disfrute de lo que hacemos.”

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