Critic’s Choice

Thu Apr 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm
By Wayne Lee Gay

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco scored hundreds of Hollywood movies after coming to the United States to escape Italian Fascism in the 1930s.  Along with an indelible mark on the film industry, he left a body of serious classical works, including a long-forgotten Cello Concerto.

This weekend, the Houston Symphony, principal cellist Brenton Averil Smith, and guest conductor Kazuki Yamada will  present the Texas premiere of that concerto, a work rarely heard since its debut with Gregor Piatigorsky under Toscanini in 1935. The program will also include Chabrier’s España and a complete performance of Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, with mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Jones Hall.; 713-224-7575

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