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September 2015

Igniting the Spirit of Live Music in The Energy Corridor, ECHOrchestra Launches 2nd Season

Experience Bach, Grieg, Holst, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky at Bridgepoint Bible Church on Oct. 23

Following a first season that brought live, classical music to West Houston, the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra (ECHO) is raising the curtain on a second year, featuring programs built for invigorating yet musically accessible performances.

If ECHO’s show at EnergyFest 2015 was an indication, people of all ages should be captivated by the second season from this orchestra filled with talented professional and amateur musicians, many hailing from The Energy Corridor. 

“After a dynamic inaugural season that exceeded expectations and brought great live classical music to the West Houston area, we present a new year of exciting musical offerings in a variety of venues and styles,” says Sarah Plunkett, founder and president of ECHOrchestra, as well as one of its flutists.

ECHO's fall concert, "Suite on Music," will feature a variety of popular orchestral suites by Bach, Grieg, Holst, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Dinner and a selection of "sweets" will be available for purchase before the concert, 7 p.m. Friday, October 23, at BridgePoint Bible Church, 13277 Katy Freeway.

For tickets click here.

A special encore New Year’s Eve celebration will feature a masquerade-themed concert, free food, drink specials, a DJ and special room rates at host Holiday Inn Energy Corridor, 1112 Eldridge Pkwy. ECHO’s 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Gala will kick off this unique way to wring in 2016 at 8 p.m. Thursday, December 31. 

In the spring, "East by Southeast" will take listeners on a musical and culinary journey inspired by Indian, Middle Eastern and Asian culture. Stops on this sensorial voyage include a themed dinner and dance performance by a Houston-based Indian dance group, starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, at BridgePoint Bible Church.

"A Tribute to Heroes and Freedom," a special Memorial Day event, will find ECHO performing inspirational music honoring Americans who died while in military service. It will be the second year in a row that ECHO has played a tribute to fallen veterans at Memorial Oaks Cemetery and Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway. 

Additional shows this second season will present members of the orchestra performing in chamber concerts, including ECHO’s string quartet Opus 4 and the Houston Brass Quintet.

Led by Conductor/Musical Director Michael Fahey, ECHO is dedicated to the enhanced appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in The Energy Corridor and surrounding communities.

Fahey – a professional violinist who has performed with Theater Under the Stars Orchestra for 14 years – is Director of Orchestras at Stratford High School, where he has won accolades as the Houston Symphony’s Educator of the Year and directed the school’s Playhouse Orchestra to a Tommy Tune Award. ECHO’s conductor also performs with the Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra and is a frequent guest clinician and University Interscholastic League (UIL) judge at orchestra competitions across Texas. 

Both amateur and professional musicians throughout Houston can play for ECHO. To schedule an audition, contact Fahey at mfahey@ECHOrchestra.org.

 

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