Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 14, 2018 at 10:19 am
By Steven Brown

Jimmy Lopez

The Houston Symphony begins warming up for an eight-city European jaunt by performing one of its tour programs this weekend at Jones Hall.

Finnish flutist Sami Junnonen makes his Houston Symphony debut in Lake of Tears by the Peruvian-born Jimmy Lopez, the orchestra’s composer in residence. Lopez’s flute concerto is inspired by a legend about two young people whose love is forbidden, causing them such suffering that the gods take pity on them and turn them into mountains.

Music director Andres Orozco-Estrada and the orchestra will also celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with “Three Dance Episodes” from On the Town. The program closes with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, the work that launched the orchestra’s series of Dvořák discs on the Pentatone label.

The Houston Symphony performs 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Jones Hall.; 713-224-7575.


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