Carlos Andres Botero is the Musical Ambassador of the Houston Symphony.
From the Houston Symphony website:
Carlos Andrés Botero is Musical Ambassador/Assistant Conductor for the Houston Symphony. He first came to the Symphony in the 2014-15 season to serve as co-host of the“Musically Speaking with Andrés” series in its inaugural year. In this role, Carlos works closely with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada in the preparation of repertoire and commentary delivered from the stage in this informative and engaging concert experience. Also, he serves as cover conductor for all classical subscription programs, and he leads the Symphony’s “Prelude” pre-concert talks before each classical performance.
- Cover Conductor for the main ensemble for all Subscription Series Concerts.
- Serve as an artistic resource for Education/Community Programming, Artistic, Development, Operations, Marketing/Communications, working directly with each department on various projects as they arise.
- Present the Orchestra Video Blog for Subscribers and Patrons.
- Support the efforts of the Community Embedded Musicians.
- Host pre-concert lectures (in English and/or Spanish, as needed).
- Assist the Music Director and coordinate the development of additional concert elements and formats as requested.
- Listen and give notes to recording engineers during commercial recording projects, as well as editing notes for Houston Symphony broadcasts on Houston Public Media as required.
- Connect with audiences off and online, including speaking engagements at community events, creation of content for the Symphony’s social media platforms and the monthly program magazine.
- Create and Produce the Orchestra’s Podcast, “On the Music.”
- Assist the organization connecting with Hispanic groups/ organizations in the city.
- As Musical Ambassador, my role is to create and strengthen the bridge between the artistic endeavors of the orchestra and the audience.
With this purpose, I present Prelude, the orchestra’s Pre-Concert Talk, forty-five minutes before each performance of the Classical Music Series. During the last two orchestral seasons, we have increased audience attendance by a rate of 785%, growing from 70 in average to 550 attendees per session. These numbers suggested there was an interested audience, so I joined the Glasscock for Continuing Studies at Rice University to offer seminars in varied classical music topics. The average attendance to each six-week long seminar is over 200, most of which become orchestra patrons in the upcoming season.
We created and raised the necessary funds for the Houston Symphony Podcast On the Music, producing over 12 episodes in its first two seasons and an average audience of 10 thousand downloads per program in average. Each episode is released to the public at least two weeks prior to the orchestra’s performance, allowing the Marketing and Communication Departments to fill their copy and efforts with artistically informed content.
I also created the Ambassador’s Vlog. This video blog is intended for release among subscribers and patrons of the orchestra. Shared prior to the weekend’s performance, in each of the 32 ten-minute episodes I cover the context in which the composers created their music.
In my capacity as Ambassador of the orchestra I join forces with our Community Embedded Musicians, supporting the orchestra’s artistic residencies in three High-Schools and seven Middle-Schools in the Houston Metropolitan Area. This program provides music instruction and proper curriculum, especially in neighborhoods at risk, reinforcing the value of music as a transformational force in our communities. We are able to report an improvement of over 50% in school drop-out rates and a dramatic increase of academic performance in the students involved in our weekly music sessions. We have planted 2 school orchestras and serve as clinicians in 21 school ensembles around the city.
My efforts to become one more of the bridges that connect this wonderful orchestra with its audience keep me busy writing a weekly Blog around the pieces we are playing each weekend. You can read the latest entries here:
- Podcast: Mussorgsky & Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition
- Podcast: Handel’s Messiah
- Podcast: Mahler, Symphony No. 1 (Titan)
- Podcast: Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
- Podcast: Beethoven, Symphony No, 9 “Choral”
- Podcast: Beethoven, Symphony No. 8
- Podcast: Beethoven, Symphony No. 2
- Saint-Saëns, the prolific and multifaceted flying Frenchman
- Prokofiev, What would be your soundtrack for a well-known story?
- Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, or when tone poems are a delicacy
- Dvorak’s String Serenade: 5 bursting emotions fostering joy
- Great Apps to immerse yourself in Music
- Ives’ 2nd: American melody in an accomplished European vessel
- Houston Symphony Blog – Interview
- Dvorak’s 6 – The Dawn of a Master Composer
- Mahler: The world of a Symphony
- Musically Speaking: A Conversation with Carlos Andrés Botero
You can go back to the Projects page and browse some more of these activities.