Meet Andrés Orozco-Estrada & the Mariachi Opera

I’m not going to pretend that I keep up with music news, at least not the kind that includes operas and symphonies. But there are a couple of things that are worth sharing.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada

The Houston Symphony named Andrés Orozco-Estrada as the first Hispanic music director in the history of that organization. Orozco-Estrada is Colombian. Just to put that in perspective, they’ve been in existence for about 100 years. It’s reported that he takes that position in May, when the current music director steps down.

From the Houston Symphony news release, “Vienna-trained conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada as its next Music Director. Orozco-Estrada, who will occupy the Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair, will serve as Music Director Designate during the 2013-14 season and will begin a five-year contract in the 2014-15 season.” And “Orozco-Estrada, 35, was born in Medellin, Colombia, and began his musical studies in violin. He first conducted at age 15 when he was asked to lead his youth orchestra, and at 19 years old and speaking only Spanish, Orozco-Estrada traveled alone to Vienna in pursuit of furthering his studies of the art form. He entered the renowned Vienna Music Academy where he studied with Uroš Lajovic, pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky (student of Felix Weingartner, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg and Webern) and completed his degree with distinction, conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. Currently, Orozco-Estrada is the Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, which also performs at the Vienna Musikverein, and he serves as Principal Conductor of the Basque National Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi) in San Sebastián, Spain, a position that he will relinquish in May 2013.”

Mariachi Opera

The Houston Grand Opera’s Opera To go is presenting “Past the Checkpoints” by composer David Hanlon and writer Joann Farias. It is based on the real-life experiences of David Moreno, a tumpeter in Mariachi Aztlan. This is presented with Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), and Ripley Teens.

The premiere is being held at Talento Bilingue on February 16, 2013. Contact them for more information: 333 S. Jensen Dr. • Houston, Texas 77003 • Admin Office: (713) 222-1213. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating will be first-come, first-served

There’s going to be a reception for the premier on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5PM. There’s more information on the Facebook event page

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