From Brahms to Bernstein: How Classical Music Became Modern

Carlos Andrés Botero, musical ambassador and assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony, explores the pioneering composers who shaped modern symphonic music, including Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Strauss, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Bernstein.

Brahms composing at piano

In May 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” incited a riot at its Paris premiere. It is now recognized as one of the most important works of the 20th century and a watershed in the transition to modern orchestral music. Carlos Andrés Botero, musical ambassador and assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony, explores the pioneering composers who shaped modern symphonic music and defied the expectations of their times. Spanning more than a century, this course examines the works of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Strauss, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein. This class is offered in conjunction with a worldwide celebration of the centennial of Bernstein’s birth. It also complements the Houston Symphony’s spring performances by Bernstein and other composers whose music changed history.

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Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1058.S18.1 Carlos Andrés Botero On-campus 7–8:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018

SECTION: GHUM1058.S18.1
INSTRUCTOR: Carlos Andrés Botero
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7–8:30 p.m.
START DATE: March 26, 2018

Instructor: Carlos Andrés Botero

Carlos Andrés Botero is musical ambassador and assistant conductor for the Houston Symphony. He first came to the Symphony in 2014 to serve as co-host of “Musically Speaking with Andrés.” He works closely with music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada in the preparation of repertoire and commentary delivered from the stage. He also serves as cover conductor for all classical subscription programs and leads the Symphony’s “Prelude” pre-concert talks before each classical performance. Originally from Medellín, Colombia, Mr. Botero serves as orchestra consultant, music education lecturer, guest conductor and string clinician with first-level orchestras in the Americas, including the Colombian Youth Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: March 26, 2018

End Date: May 14, 2018

Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Mondays (no class April 16 and 23)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by March 12

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

Note: Participants receive a special discount on tickets for select spring performances by the Houston Symphony.

+ “From Brahms to Bernstein: Symphonic Music’s Journey, From Classicism to Modern Times”

+ “Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn: What is Classical Music?”

+ “Chopin and Liszt, The Expansion of Melody”

+ “Richard Strauss: Solving the Wagner/Brahms Dilemma”

+ “Sibelius, the Progressive”

+ “Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring: “From the Ashes of his Predecessors”

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