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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Social: 6:30 PM, Meeting: 7:00 PM
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Eric Halen, violin and Christopher French, cello
Houston Symphony

Eric Halen, Co-Concertmaster Houston Symphony

Eric Halen joined the Houston Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster in 1987. In 1997, he assumed the position of Associate Concertmaster and served as Acting Concertmaster for the 2005-06, 2008-09, and 2009-10 seasons. Eric grew up in a family of violinists. His parents were both professionals, and his brother David is Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony.

After earning his bachelor's degree at Central Missouri State University where he studied violin with his father, Dr. Walter Halen, he received his master's degree at the age of 20 from the University of Illinois, while studying with Sergiu Luca. At age 23, he became artist-teacher of violin at Texas Christian University.

Mr. Halen teaches orchestral repertoire at Rice University. He plays a violin made in 1616 by Antonio and Hieronymus Amati.

Christopher French, Associate Principal Cellist

Christopher French is the associate principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. Before joining the orchestra in 1986 he held titled positions in both the Shreveport and Honolulu symphonies. Chris is the seventh of a full octave of musical siblings. He enjoys performing with the Bad Boys of Cello, the alter ego of the Houston Symphony cello section. The Bad Boys have played in venues as disparate as homeless shelters and elementary schools in an effort to eliminate the classist misconceptions about classical music.
Chris is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago where he was winner of the Performance Award. He participates in the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Chris teaches orchestral repertoire at Rice University.


Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967)
Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7
Allegro serioso, non troppo
Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento

Social time begins at 6:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

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.