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Ta Da! Energy Corridor of Houston (ECHO) Announces Debut Concert October 24

“Minor Madness” performance to capture Halloween spirit

Live classical music will take the stage in The Energy Corridor on Friday, October 24, when The Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra (ECHO) launches is inaugural performance with “Minor Madness,” a concert inspired by Halloween. 

Featuring works all written in a minor key, ECHO musicians will perform wickedly popular pieces such as Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance, No. 5,” Schubert’s Symphony in B Minor (“Unfinished”), Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and selections from “The Phantom of the Opera.” 

Michael Fahey will conduct ECHO. Recently honored as the Houston Symphony’s Educator of the Year, Fahey is Director of Orchestras at Stratford High School.

ECHO came to life earlier this year when founder/musician Sarah Plunkett decided to do something about what she called the dearth of culture in The Energy Corridor. Plunket, who grew up in area, says The Energy Corridor is a great place to live, work, dine and enjoy outdoor recreation but without opportunities to perform or listen to live classical music. 

After Fahey enthusiastically agreed to serve as ECHO’s Conductor/Musical Director, Plunkett approached the leadership of The Energy Corridor District. Since then The District has helped promote ECHO and its work to begin rehearsals and, ultimately, concerts.

ECHO brought a taste of classical music to The District’s Board of Directors, when a small ensemble performed live during the board’s September meeting.

“ECHO will help round out the cultural opportunities here and is a wonderful addition to our community,” says Clark Martinson, general manager of The Energy Corridor District. 

Just a few months since ECHO’s inception, nearly 60 musicians have signed on. ECHO musicians are a diverse lot, and many live or work in The Energy Corridor area. Some are professional musicians, including a number of music educators representing at least six different Houston-area school districts.

Others are amateur musicians, eager to have an opportunity to perform and play with others. There are professionals in engineering, marketing, geology and optometry. Orchestra members include people working for BP America, ExxonMobil, CITGO, ConocoPhillips, Jacobs, C&J Energy Services and Halliburton.

“ECHO’s close ties to Houston’s energy industry will contribute to building a community partnership,” explains Laura Williamson, the orchestra’s vice president.

Established as a community orchestra, ECHO is dedicated to enhancing appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in The Energy Corridor and surrounding communities. “We seek to share musical experiences through public concerts, educational programs and private events that will strengthen the community,” Williamson says.

In addition to “Minor Madness,” ECHO has a winter holiday concert scheduled for December 31: “ECHO in the New Year at the Holiday Inn-Energy Corridor.”

Minor Madness Concert – Friday, October 24

Concert: 7–8:30 p.m.

Pre-concert Dinner: by George’s Pastaria, available for purchase 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Concert tickets: $10 (children 12 and under are free)

Bridge Point Bible Church auditorium, 13277 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77079

For more, visit www.ECHOrchestra.org

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