June 8, 2013 - October 31, 2013
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77002
A symphony for Houston was the dream of both Miss Ima Hogg and local café orchestra leader Julien Paul Blitz. In 1913 they joined forces to make their dream a reality. Blitz chose the best local musicians for the orchestra and Miss Hogg used her considerable connections in musical and social circles to promote the idea.
A June 21 concert at the old Majestic Theatre led to a three-concert series that was undertaken for five seasons. The orchestra disbanded toward the end of World War I, and after several attempts the orchestra was reformed in 1931.
Conductors of the greatest tenure include Ernst Hoffmann, Efrem Kurtz, Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Barbirolli, Lawrence Foster, Sergiu Comissiona, Christoph Eschenbach and Hans Graf. In 2013 the Houston Symphony announced as Music Director Designate the young Colombian Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Today’s orchestra is an internationally acclaimed ensemble performing almost 300 concerts annually. This exhibition is generously supported by Houston Public Library, Houston Symphony and City of Houston.
This exhibit is free and open to the public.