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Houston City Scope February 2016

Lyndsey Foresman’s window display, “Escape to Mars 4012,” can be seen in New York City’s Garment District Alliance.

Lyndsey Foresman’s window display, “Escape to Mars 4012,” can be seen in New York City’s Garment District Alliance.


Houston resident Lyndsey Foresman is one of the LIM College students who created a holiday window display that’s literally out of this world. Their installation for New York City’s Garment District Alliance, titled ‘Escape to Mars 4012,’ imagines what Christmas on Mars might look like in the distant year of 4012. The window, at 209 West 38th Street in Manhattan, was on display through the month of December.

A senior, Foresman is currently majoring in Visual Merchandising at LIM College, which is located in New York City and focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion. She is the daughter of Gretchen and Craig Foresman
and a 2011 graduate of St. Agnes Academy.


Scot Cotton

Scot Cotton


Marriott International has announced the appointment of Scot Cotton as general manager of the Marriott Marquis Houston. He will ultimately be responsible for all aspects of hotel, including guest relations, front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, finances, team building and staff development.

“Scot’s proven track record within the company has shown us that he has the experience to handle a property as unique as this,” said Terri Dolan, area vice president of the Western Region. “With the combination of his expertise in the hospitality industry and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Houston market, we have no doubt that the Marriott Marquis Houston will exceed all expectations.”

A 30-year veteran of Marriott International, Cotton originally joined the company as a convention services man­ager at the Atlanta Marquis Marriott, the brand’s first hotel to hold the Marquis designation. Throughout his tenure, Cotton focused his career on sales and marketing, working his way up to leadership positions at the Chicago Marriott Down­town Magnificent Mile, the Portland Marriott and Marriott Interna­tional, overseeing Arizona and Las Vegas.

In 2013, Cotton and his wife relocated to Houston where he assumed the position of general manager of the Houston Airport Marriott. There he was recognized as “GM of the Year” for the Western Region in 2014. Cotton has also served on the boards of the Houston CVB and the Houston Hotel Lodging Association.

“Houston is such a vibrant, exciting city,” said Cotton. “This property will play a large role in redefining Houston as both a convention and leisure destination, and to be part of the city’s evolution is truly an opportunity.”


Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta will be making her Houston Symphony debut.

Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta will be making her Houston Symphony debut.


The Houston Symphony will celebrate a new year and begin the second half of the 2015-2016 season with a variety of concerts, guests and programs for people of all ages.

NPR veteran Garrison Keillor will take the Jones Hall stage on Jan. 27 for a one-night-only event featuring his trademark storytelling and candid, observational humor. Captivating audiences with his unique blend of humor, charisma and wisdom, the National Radio Hall of Fame inductee will present a fun and laughter-filled evening to remember. The orchestra will not appear on the program.

On Jan. 30-31, music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada will be joined by guest violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja for Brahms & Schumann, featuring Schumann’s brooding Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, which includes dreamy lullabies, a soulful Adagio and the biggest bring-down-the-house finale Brahms ever wrote. Also on the program is Samuel Barber’s early masterpiece, Overture to The School for Scandal. An additional performance of the violin concerto will be given on Jan. 28 at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall as part of the “Musically Speaking with Andrés” series.

The month of February kicks off with Singin’ in the Rain – Film with Live Orchestra on Feb. 5-7. The film, which was voted No. 1 “Greatest Movie Musical” by the American Film Institute, is an American classic made popular by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, with favorite songs “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Good Morning” and the memorable title song.

On Feb. 12-14, guest conductor John Storgårds will lead Sibelius’ The Bard and Symphony No. 1 on Haydn & Sibelius concerts. Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta will make her Houston Symphony debut with not one, but two cello concertos on the program: Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor.

The Houston Symphony returns to Houston Baptist University for yet another performance in celebration of Lunar New Year on Feb. 18. Directed by Mei-Ann Chen and joined by guest violinist Jessica Lee, the program will include a mix of Asian music – contemporary compositions and traditional folk tunes – and traditional orchestral repertoire.

The orchestra will remain at HBU’s Morris Cultural Arts Center for A Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 20. Reginald Smith Jr., who was recently featured as a guest soloist on the Symphony’s Very Merry Pops program, will return alongside guest conductor Kirk Smith, conductor of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble at Colombia College Chicago. Smith will lead a combined chorus of members from the CityWide Grassroots Chorus, Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern University and Houston Baptist University.

Jazz lovers are in for a treat on Feb. 26-28 with The Best of Benny Goodman when the Symphony salutes the King of Swing and the sounds of the Big Band era. Led by clarinetist Dave Bennett, The Dave Bennett Sextet offers “powerfully fresh and vibrant” interpretations of Goodman’s classics, including “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Let’s Dance” and “These Foolish Things.”

All concerts will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District, unless otherwise noted. For tickets and information, please call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Sat­urday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

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