Critic’s Choice

Wed Mar 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm
By Wayne Lee Gay

Brinton Averil Smith. Photo: Sandy Lankford

The Houston Symphony showcases a member of the orchestra this weekend when cellist Brinton Averil Smith steps into the spotlight to appear as featured soloist. Smith will join guest conductor Yanuv Dinur to present a rare performance of the echt-romantic, emotionally wide-ranging and technically demanding Cello Concerto in C from 1899 by Eugene d’Albert.

Conductor Dinur will close the concerts with Carl Orff’s ever-popular setting of Medieval texts, Carmina Burana, for which the Fort Bend Boys Choir, the Houston Symphony Chorus, soprano Laura Claycomb, tenor Matthew Grills, and baritone Reginald Smith, Jr., will join the orchestra. Performances will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Jones Hall; a 2:30 p.m. Saturday matinee will feature only Carmina Burana.

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