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Houston Symphony To Return To SHSU

Jan. 13, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

Teddy AbramsThe Sam Houston State University School of Music will welcome the Houston Symphony to Huntsville for a concert in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Art Center on Saturday (Jan. 16), at 7:30 p.m.

Guest conductor Teddy Abrams will lead the orchestra in favorite works by Copland and Tchaikovsky and introduce a piece of his own, "Fiddling," a work that will show off the fancy fingerwork of the Houston Symphony's strings. The Suite from Copland's ballet "Billy the Kid" will revive the “wild west” incorporating cowboy tunes and American folk songs and Tchaikovsky's emotionally powerful Symphony No. 4 is sure to bring the audience to its feet with one of the most thrilling finales ever written.

An unusually versatile musician, Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. 

Music director of the Louisville Orchestra and music director and conductor of the Britt Classical Festival, he also serves as resident conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011. 

He studied conducting at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutions.

The James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center is located at 815 17th St., on the SHSU campus.

Tickets to the concert are $30 and can be purchased at or by calling 936.294.2339.

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