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Founded in 1913 with 33 players, the orchestra reorganized in 1930 and presented its first full season of concerts in 1931. Among its important conductors have been Ernst Hoffmann (1936–47), Efrem Kurtz (1948–54), Leopold StokowskiStokowski, Leopold
, 1882–1977, American conductor, b. London. Stokowski studied in England and at the Paris Conservatory. He was organist and choirmaster at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City (1905–8), and was conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony
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 (1955–61), Sir John BarbirolliBarbirolli, Sir John
, 1899–1970, English conductor and cellist, b. London. After being cellist (1920–24) in the International String Quartet, he organized the Barbirolli String Orchestra.
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 (1961–67), Sir André PrevinPrevin, Sir André
, 1929–2019, American conductor, composer, and pianist, b. Germany, as Andreas Ludwig Priwin. A classical music recording artist from 1946, he also made a number of highly successful jazz piano albums in the 1950s, and later (1990s) resumed
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 (1967–69), Lawrence Foster (1971—78), Sergiu Comissiona (1979–88), Christoph EschenbachEschenbach, Christoph,
1940–, German conductor and pianist, b. Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), as Christoph Ringmann. Orphaned during World War II, he was adopted by Wallydore Eschenbach, his mother's cousin, who taught him piano.
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 (1988–99), Hans Graf (2001–13), and Andrés Orozco-Estrada (2014–). The permanent home of the symphony is the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1966 as part of Houston's Civic Center. Summer performances take place at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
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He has served on the board of directors of many Houston area non-profit organisations, including Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School (past chair of the board), The Regis School of the Sacred Heart (past chair of the board), The Houston Symphony, The University of St.
He has served on over a dozen boards, including Men of Distinction, Houston Aggie Medical Society, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Symphony, Family Services of Greater Houston, March of Dimes and Texas Bowl.
He left Hollywood in 1965 to develop a career as a classical conductor and was named musical director of the Houston Symphony in 1967 where he succeeded Sir John Barbirolli.
Additionally, he is chair of the Houston Symphony Society Artistic Affairs Committee, a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, and a member of the Houston Civic Symphony First Violin Section.
Pu served as the Assistant Concertmaster for the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Associate Concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 25 years.
Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.
He has sung with a variety of orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Halle and the St Louis and Houston Symphony Orchestra.
William VerMeulen (Houston Symphony and Rice University) had residencies at Louisiana State University, Eastman School of Music, Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and New World Symphony in Miami.
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Not only has she won numerous international piano competitions such as Van Cliburn Competition (USA), Vianna da Motta (Lisbon), Axa International Piano Competition (Dublin), and Marguerite Long Competition -- special prize for the best interpretation of French music (Paris), Bolkvadze travels the world to play with international orchestras such as Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Festival Orchestra, Lithuanian National Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra, The Gewandhaus Orchestra, France National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and St.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Symphony, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and the Children's Museum of Houston.
Betsy Cook Weber (University of Houston) has been appointed director of the Houston Symphony Chorus, the all-volunteer choral unit of the Houston Symphony.

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