Some of South America’s top classical musicians have made their way to Houston. Credit the Houston Symphony and the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music for the arrival of Filarmónica Joven de Colombia or Colombian Youth Philharmonic (FJC).
Comprised of more than 100 talented young musicians, the orchestra will entertain Houstonians with a free performance at 7:30 p.m., July 13 in UH’s Moores Opera House (Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard). For more details, contact the Moores Ticket Office at 713-743-3313.
At 2 p.m., July 14, UH will host a media event in the Moores Opera House focused on FJC’s Houston visit. Scheduled guests include Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada, Houston Symphony music director; Mark C. Hanson, CEO and executive director of the Houston Symphony and Lynn Lamkin, associate director of the Moores School of Music.
The performance at UH is part of FJC’s residency in the Lone Star State. Following well-received concerts in Dallas and Fort Worth, FJC also will perform at Jones Hall at 3 p.m., July 12 (as part of the Houston Symphony’s “Free Day of Music”). Their visit to Houston will culminate with a two-night collaboration with the Houston Symphony performing “Carmina Burana” at 7:30 p.m., July 17 and 18 in Jones Hall. Also performing during that performance is the Houston Symphony Chorus directed by UH’s own Betsy Cook Weber. Weber directs both the Houston Symphony Chorus and UH’s Moores Concert Chorale. For more details on all of these performances, visit the Houston Symphony’s website.
FJC musicians are living on campus during their Houston stay and using the Moores School of Music’s state of the art facilities.
The Moores School of Music is one of the premier music schools in America. Offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, it serves approximately 600 students annually. Areas of study include composition, conducting, performance, theory and musicology. Its faculty consists of internationally recognized performers, composers and scholars. Among its ensembles are the Moores School Symphony Orchestra, Moores Jazz Ensemble, Moores Opera Center, Concert Chorale, Concert Women’s Chorus, Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. A majority of the school’s concerts are performed in the 800-seat Moores Opera House. For more details on the Moores School of Music, visit http://www.music.uh.edu/.