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Houston City Scope May 2017

Andrés Orozco-Estrada


The Houston Symphony and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada has announced the extension of Orozco-Estrada’s contract as music director for another three seasons. In the middle of his third season as music director, Orozco-Estrada will now continue to lead one of America’s most dynamic and forward-thinking orchestras through the 2021-22 season.

Orozco-Estrada is the fourth Houston Symphony music director to hold the Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair, a position endowed in perpetuity by The Cullen Foundation. Since assuming the post, Orozco-Estrada has elevated the orchestra’s artistry, engaged new and traditional audiences with his spontaneous approach on and off the podium, reimagined the concert-going experience through unique partnerships and the innovative use of technology, and raised the international profile of the Houston Symphony.

“I feel extremely honored to continue this journey together with the musicians of this great orchestra,” said Orozco-Estrada. “I’m grateful for the support and the vote of confidence given to me from day one and very much look forward to strengthening my relationships with members of the orchestra. We will continue to explore inspiring new works and projects that allow us to embrace new and loyal audiences as well as further our artistic growth.”


Judy Nyquist has been elected to the Upper Kirby District Foundation board of directors.


The Upper Kirby District Foundation, which includes the Levy Park Conser­vancy, has appointed former curator and art historian Judy Nyquist to its board of directors. Nyquist is a highly respected community leader and “self-proclaimed civic arts activist” who believes that the transformative power of art can expand understanding, communication, expression and tolerance among generations, ethnic groups and socioeconomic divides.

Nyquist’s primary philanthropic activities have focused on emerging artists, arts education and public art, particularly in green spaces. She has served on the boards of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Hermann Park Conservancy and Discovery Green, in addition to numerous arts organization, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Glassell School of Art and Rice University’s Public Art Program, and the Houston Arts Alliance.

“The Upper Kirby District Foundation and Levy Park Conservancy are thrilled to have someone of Judy’s extraordinary vision and passion for the arts and public spaces on our board of directors,” says Maureen Sanders, chair of the Foundation. Doug Overman, park director, adds, “Judy has a unique skill set, promoting local artists, making art accessible to the public, and bringing diverse groups together for cultural celebration. She will be invaluable to the Conservancy and our future arts programming and brings a wonderful, fresh perspective to our dynamic board.”


The Cast from TUTS/The River Inclusive Arts Showcase.


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) recently presented the Inclusive Arts Showcase to a packed house at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Zilkha Hall.

The Inclusive Arts Showcase, which had its inaugural performance last year, is a special production that features visual art and performances by students from The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), and the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT). This year’s showcase brought the audience to its feet with applause following the students’ inspired performances.

River alumnus and volunteer, John Fair, along with long-time HSMT students, Austin Karkowsky and Kerry Sullivan, emceed the event. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Binstock Fund, which provides financial aid for students with disabilities to engage in the arts, and continues the mission of River founder, Cathy Binstock, that “everyone deserves the richness of an arts education.”

“For The River Performance Troupe, it brings them great joy to get to work with the HSMT kids. It fosters such an environment of inclusion and helps our students to feel right at home expressing themselves through their art,” said Eileen Edmonds, TUTS assistant director of education, The River.

To learn more about The River, its classes, and upcoming events, visit TUTS.com/River.


The Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club


Houston Methodist Hospital has partnered with the Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club to become its official sports medicine provider.

The Club represents a newly formed organization that also combined the resources of Texas Rush Soccer Club and Space City FC, which now has more than 5,500 youth soccer players competing in 15 Houston-area facilities.

As part of its role, Houston Methodist Hospital will have a presence at the clubs’ events to provide sports medicine, injury prevention, concussion screening and management, and first aid services by licensed athletic trainers. Athletic training evaluation clinics are also available for the club’s coaches and athletes. In addition, the full spectrum of quality health care offerings by Houston Methodist Hospital’s network will be available to families of the club.

“With the exciting combinations that have formed the Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club,” said Debbie Sukin, Ph.D., Houston Methodist regional senior vice president and CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. “We are expanding our partnership role to provide sports medicine care system-wide across the Greater Houston area.”



Thornwood Gallery, a leading fine art gallery, opened its second location in Houston at River Oaks District in early April. Thornwood’s extensive inventory represents a variety of styles from abstract to impressionism and realism, with a diverse selection of paintings, photography, and indoor and outdoor sculptures. The gallery will debut solo and group exhibitions in the main art gallery monthly, offering customers an opportunity to view the newest movements in the national and international art scene.

“Thornwood Gallery’s second location will be a homage to contemporary art and is a barometer for what is new and trending in the art world. We are thrilled they are opening at River Oaks District for all art lovers and collectors to enjoy,” said Jennifer Rivera, marketing manager for River Oaks District.

The gallery provides art consulting and advisory services for beginner and experienced art collectors. It offers professional advice, complimentary installation and worldwide delivery, and it works with individual collectors, corporations, architects and interior designers.

“We are honored and excited to be part of such a wonderful and new environment at River Oaks District,” said Zelma Legendre, Thornwood Gallery owner and founder. “The gallery will feature a diversity of works, and we’re looking forward to connecting with the Houston community through art.”

Thornwood Gallery’s other location ison Colquitt’s Gallery Row in Houston. The new location at River Oaks District is located at 4444 Westheimer Rd., Suite F105, across from Dior and Hermès.

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