Virtuosi of Houston

The Virtuosi of Houston is a Premier Young Artists Chamber Orchestra.  Its goal is the education and development of young talented musicians into true professionals, who would be sought after by the premier Conservatories and who would pursue a musical career as performers, educators and advocates of classical music.

The Inauguration Concert of the 2007-2008 Season
In Tribute To Children of War

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Meherwan Boyce, Chairman, Virtuosi of Houston

Welcome to the Inaugural Concert of our 12th season. We are so pleased that you have joined us to this evening to hear our remarkable youth chamber orchestra.

Tonight is a special night for several reasons. For many of our young musicians, this concert will mark their debut with Virtuosi of Houston. We extend a warm welcome to this freshman class and their families. We anticipate a long relationship with each of them and look forward to the rewarding experience of watching them develop their talent as they move closer to the realization of their dreams and goals.

This concert also marks the conducting debut of Monzer Hourani, a member of our board and a major benefactor of our organization. His passion for classical music and the training of young talent for the future of the art form is extraordinary. The dramatic impact that classical music made on his life as a young boy who suffered the loss of an immediate family member during a civil war is incredible and inspirational. Mr. Hourani is dedicating his performance tonight in tribute to children throughout the world who have experienced war.

Virtuosi of Houston would not be enjoying its current success without the commitment of its founding artistic directors and conductors, Franz Anton Krager and Andrzej Grabiec. We are deeply grateful for their vision and continued passion for the mission of this organization. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the dedicated support of our board and countless hours of service provided by our valued volunteer parents, alumni parents and friends. We also salute our funders whose support last season resulted in one of Virtuosi of Houston's most successful seasons.

We hope you enjoy tonight's performance and we look forward to seeing you at our Gala, "Legends of the Future: Celebrating Broadway and Pops" and our May concert.

Dr. Meherwan P. Boyce
Chairman