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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Social: 10:00 AM, Meeting: 10:30 AM
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Mark Hanson on the forthcoming Jones Hall Upgrades
Houston Symphony Community-Embedded Musicians

To start off our program, Mark Hanson, Executive-Director/CEO of the Houston Symphony will give a brief description of the complete upgrade of Jones Hall.

The Houston Symphony’s Community-Embedded Musician position, beginning in the 2015-16 Season, is a new initiative designed to embed musicians more deeply in the community and to better represent and serve the diverse population of Greater Houston. The primary role of the four new musicians will focus on directly enhancing the impact of the orchestra’s growing education and community engagement activities. Two of the musicians will present a program that shows that the techniques they use in working with students and give us insight into the progress that they have witnessed.


Hellen Weberpal

Born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois, Hellen Weberpal began her cello studies at age ten. She received her Bachelor of Music at DePaul University, studying with Steve Balderston, and her Master of Music from Rice University, under the tutelage of the Houston Symphony’s Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith. In May 2012, Weberpal won a year-long contract with the Houston Symphony and has been performing with the Symphony since then.


Rainel Joubert

Cuban-born violinist Rainel Joubert has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Opera and Ballet Orchestras of Havana, and has played for many renowned musicians, including Claudio Abbado, Gidon Kremer, Erick Grossman, Ilmar López Gavilán, Paul Kantor, and the Borromeo String Quartet.  He speaks three languages (Spanish, Portuguese, and English) and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Social time begins at 10:00 am and the meeting will begin at 10:30 am.

Gloria Dei Lutheran is located at 18220 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, 2 blocks south of the Johnson Space Center.

The Houston Symphony League Bay Area (HSLBA) is a dream realized by Fran Strong and Selma Neumann, the first presidents.

Chartered in 1976 under the auspices of the Houston Symphony, its mission is to promote music appreciation and enrichment.

HSLBA presents music programs for all students in CCISD elementary schools.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to enjoy, support or promote the music of the Houston Symphony. Guests are always welcome.

For further information about monthly meetings contact us at 281-488-4459.