Embarking on his final season as music director for the Houston Symphony (houstonsymphony.org), Andrés Orozco-Estrada is hitting his highest note yet.
Orozco-Estrada has spent years pouring his creative passions into the music shared with the Houston community and beyond. PHOTO BY WERNER KMETITSCH
“We have a musical connection, a way we tell stories together, and my final season has been and continues to be a way to celebrate this,” shares Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Enriching the cultural arts scene in the city, he has served as the music director for the Houston Symphony for the past eight years and, currently embarking on his ninth year with the company, this will mark his final season. “Interpretation is one of the most important parts of my job. It is not just the way I understand the music, but I also must consider who will be listening as a part of my process. I always think about what ideas I can suggest, what musical fantasies I can develop, and that is a rewarding part of this creative process. Ultimately, it all comes from the human beings, the music itself and the moment all these things come together.” Seeking inspiration from the music itself, Orozco-Estrada has been at the forefront of innovative presentations and rewriting the creative conversation of how his audience feels and interprets each score. To commemorate his final piece with the Houston Symphony, he has chosen Mahler’s Second Symphony, which will undoubtedly have audiences on the edge of their seats. “It’s full of everything. All the feelings, all the contrast, all the colors that music could have, and it’s a beautiful way to sum up many of the emotions and experiences we’ve had together over these past nine years,” shares Orozco-Estrada. “This last, big memory will be enveloped by this wonderful music. I hope the audiences and musicians, and myself of course, will remember this concert as the end of an interesting, meaningful, powerful, emotionally charged time with me in front of the Houston Symphony.”
PHOTO BY ANTHONY RATHBUN
“I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT WHAT IDEAS I CAN SUGGEST, WHAT MUSICAL FANTASIES I CAN DEVELOP, AND THAT IS A REWARDING PART OF THIS CREATIVE PROCESS.” –ANDRÉS OROZCO-ESTRADA