When you hear a large symphony orchestra…there's a big, sweeping sound that just doesn't get on to a record.
− Jazz pianist Teddy Wilson
This fall, The Energy Corridor will not only be where energy moves, it will also be a place where energy moves you when a community orchestra opens its inaugural season.
The baton is rising for the first notes from The Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra (ECHO), which intends to make classical music easily accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds in West Houston, according to Founder Sarah Plunkett.
Musicians can audition for ECHO 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, August 23, at Stratford High School 14555 Fern Drive, 77079.
Formed this year, ECHO is dedicated to enhancing appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in The Energy Corridor and surrounding communities, explains Plunkett.
“We seek to share musical experiences through public concerts, educational programs and private events that will strengthen the community,” Plunkett says. “This volunteer orchestra is the backbone of The Energy Corridor that allows for enrichment of art and culture in the heart of the energy business in Houston. We perform throughout the area in facilities that are accessible to everyone.”
Rehearsals will take place in September. Then ECHO will bring that “big, sweeping sound” famed jazz pianist Teddy Wilson described to The Energy Corridor Friday, October 24th, on stage at Bridge Point Bible Church, 13277 Katy Freeway, 77079.
Read more about ECHO and how you can get involved in bringing classical music to The Energy Corridor here.
As prolific British conductor Leopold Stokowski once said, a painter paints pictures on canvas; but musicians paint their pictures on silence. Stokowski – famous for conducting the music for Disney’s Fantasia movie – would be heartened to hear that live classical music in The Energy Corridor is no longer a fantasy.