People often ask me what does the SOST do during the summer months. There’s really two perspectives: Our musicians, in addition to the upcoming July 4th concert, will perform with other orchestras in Houston and Southeast TX, which keeps them pretty busy. As for me and the staff, this is planning time- we review all of our feedback on concerts, then begin to set programs for future … [Read more...] about Maestro’s Notes: Summer!
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The Symphony of Southeast Texas is saddened by the devastating tragedy of violinist Yu Zhao Gu’s death at Saturday evening’s concert, April 6th. Mr. Gu was a treasured member of the violin section of SOST for decades. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife, Ying, also a member of the violin section, and his family. A memorial service has been planned for Tuesday, April 30, at 10:00am at Calder … [Read more...] about Symphony of Southeast Texas Announces Program Changes
The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) is devasted to announce the loss of long-standing member, Yu Zhao Gu. During the orchestra’s performance on Saturday evening, Mr. Gu suffered a heart attack while on stage. He received immediate care by several physicians, but unfortunately, he was later pronounced deceased at Christus St. Elizabeth hospital. Yu Gu was a consummate musician playing violin as … [Read more...] about Symphony of Southeast Texas Loses Beloved Violinist
We have had an amazing season this year for the Symphony of Southeast Texas. There have been many highlights with the music and the guest artists who have joined us on stage. We are going to conclude our season with a program that we are calling French Pairings. All three pieces on the program are by French composers. We will open the program with the Bacchanale from the opera Samson and Dalila … [Read more...] about Maestro’s Notes: French Pairings
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The Symphony of Southeast Texas is pleased to announce our fourth and final Classic Series performance of the 66th season, French Pairings. Our concert on April 6, 2019 will feature Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Ravel in a lovely evening of French composers. The “Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila presents Saint-Saëns writing using an exotic mode of expression that was becoming increasingly popular among … [Read more...] about French Pairings
This is such an exciting time for the Symphony of Southeast Texas. We got our 2019 portion of the season off to a rollicking start with our Classics 3 program that featured a breathtaking performance of the Grieg Piano concerto with Claire Huangci lighting up the stage with her musical abilities. Then we followed that up with a reading of Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2, which had not been played by … [Read more...] about Maestro’s Notes: An Evening with The Texas Tenors