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How Houston’s DJ Sun reimagined his music for a 25-piece orchestra

The ensemble Aperio, Music of the Americas will perform DJ Sun’s album, “Loveletter,” onstage at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday night.


A performance of DJ Sun’s album Loveletter on stage at the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston.


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Houston musician Andre Sam-Sin, who performs as DJ Sun, released an album last year called Loveletter. He originally made it alone in a studio using keyboards and synthesizers.

DJ Sun in his studio.

But, as he performed it front of audiences, he felt something was missing – other musicians. So, for a concert at the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston, fourteen orchestral musicians recreated the sounds. It was better.

Well, he's scaling up again. On Saturday night, conductor Marlon Chen will lead the 25-piece orchestral ensemble Aperio, Music of the Americas, in a performance of Loveletter at Miller Outdoor Theatre that mixes in vocals, spoken word poetry, and more.

In the audio above, DJ Sun tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about arranging his music for an orchestra.

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Houston musician DJ Sun.
Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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