Critic’s Choice

Wed Mar 28, 2018 at 11:18 am
By Steven Brown

Bramwell Tovey

Fresh from its first European tour in more than 20 years, the Houston Symphony returns to Jones Hall with another installment in its Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration.

After performing Bernstein’s Serenade with Hilary Hahn in Houston and across Europe, the orchestra now turns to Bernstein’s musical depiction of the 20th century’s search for faith: his Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety.” British conductor Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony, will make his Houston Symphony debut, and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will return to play the virtuoso keyboard part.

The Houston Symphony Chorus will join Tovey and the orchestra in Igor Stravinsky’s austere but powerful Symphony of Psalms. And the splashy tone-painting of Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird will close the program. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Jones Hall.

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