The Symphonic Chorus: Instrumental Voices

From Beethoven to Strauss, examine the powerful music that emerges when instruments unite with voices, with guidance from Houston Symphony’s musical ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero.

Instruments and voices unite in some of the most powerful music ever composed. Orchestral specialist and Houston Symphony musical ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero directs this exploration of symphonic masterworks that incorporate chorus. From masses to operas to requiems, examine how choral symphonies serve as meditations on life, grief and hope. Featured composers include Beethoven, Dvorak, Mahler, Strauss and Weill. This accessible course welcomes both classical music aficionados and those seeking a deeper appreciation of symphonic works. 

Image: A 2011 performance of Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 8 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Wikimedia/SI-Ziga)


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1056.F18.1 Carlos Andrés Botero On-campus 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Carlos Andrés Botero
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7-8:30 p.m.
START DATE: Sept. 24, 2018

Instructor: Carlos Andrés Botero

Carlos Andrés Botero is an orchestra conductor, music education lecturer and consultant with first-level orchestras in the Americas, including the Colombian Youth Philharmonic. He is the Musical Ambassador and formerly served as assistant conductor for the Houston Symphony. Mr. Botero has taught five courses with the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies on Beethoven; Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Mahler; Russian Masters; and How Classical Music Became Modern.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 24, 2018

End Date: Nov. 05, 2018

Schedule: 7-8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Mondays (no class Oct. 8)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Sept. 3

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

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

Sept. 24. “Mahler’s Second: A History of Choral Symphonies.” 

Oct. 1. “Beethoven’s Coronation: The Mass Offers Musical Structure.”

Oct. 15. “Dvorak’s Stabat Mater: Meditations on Grief and Hope.”

Oct. 22. “Mozart’s Requiem: The Impact of Judgment Day.”

Oct. 29. “Verdi and Beethoven: Opera as a Concert Piece, Part One.”

Nov. 5. “Strauss and Weill: Opera as a Concert Piece, Part Two.”

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