The Conductor as Cultural Leader and
March 18, 19 & 20,
Rice Memorial Chapel @
"Prelude and Fugue: Life in
General Reception at Brochstein Pavilion following
"Themes and Variations: Life
"The Sonata of Life"
Admission: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Lectures are free and open to
the public. Seating is open and will
begin at 5:30pm each evening. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to make a reservation.
Location: The lectures will take place at
6pm at Rice University in the Rice Memorial Chapel in the Ley
Student Center on March 18, 19 and 20, 2013.
Parking: The Central Campus Garage, accessible
from Entrance 20, is located underground east of the music school
(under the Jones Graduate School of Business). West Lot 1 is east
of the music school and accessible from Entrance 8 or 18. More
detailed parking information can be found at
Photography: No photos during the lecture,
please. The lecture will be videotaped and photographed for
Event Details: Each lecture will be
approximately 45 minutes in length, followed by audience questions.
There will be a general reception immediately following the Monday,
March 18th lecture.
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Patrick Summers currently holds the Margaret
Alkek Williams Chairs and was named artistic and music director of
HGO in 2011 after having served as the company's music director
since 1998. He has been responsible for many of HGO's important
artistic advances, including the development of the Houston Grand
Opera Orchestra, regularly praised by critics as a world-class
ensemble. At HGO, he has conducted world premieres (André Previn's
Brief Encounter, Christopher Theofanidis's The
Refuge, Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair and
Three Decembers, and Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy
Tree) and works that span the operatic canon, including
Verdi's Don Carlos, La traviata,
Nabucco, Rigoletto, Il trovatore,
Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, and A Masked
Ball; Puccini's La bohème, Madame Butterfly,
Manon Lescaut, and Tosca; Mozart's Così fan
tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni,
The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Idomeneo;
Donizetti's Mary Stuart, The Elixir of Love,
Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale; Lehár's
The Merry Widow; Handel's Julius Caesar;
Rossini's The Barber of Seville; Strauss's Ariadne auf
Naxos; Britten's Billy Budd, A Midsummer Night's
Dream, The Turn of the Screw, and Peter
Grimes; and Wagner's Lohengrin.
He has enjoyed longstanding relationships with the Metropolitan
Opera, where he has conducted regularly since 1998; with San
Francisco Opera, where he has been principal guest conductor since
1999; and with Opera Australia. Engagements for the 2012-13 season
include Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick with San Francisco Opera, the
Richard Tucker Gala at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, a U.S.
tour with the Russian National Orchestra and solo pianist Daniil
Trifonov, a Carnegie Hall performance of André Previn's A
Streetcar Named Desire with Renée Fleming, and The
Magic Flute at the Bregenz Festival. For Houston Grand
Opera, he conducts Show Boat, Tristan and Isolde,
and Il trovatore.