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Oct. 3: Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms Opens Houston Symphony Concert Live Streamed from Jones Hall

September 16, 2020 | By Katy Salomon
Account Director, Morahan Arts and Media

Katy Salomon | Morahan Arts and Media | 863.660.2214 


The Houston Symphony Performs 
Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms

Led by Xian Zhang

Live Streamed from Jones Hall 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00pm CT

Watch Anna Clyne Speak About Within Her Arms

“A composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods.”  
– The New York Times 


Houston, TX (September 16, 2020) — On Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00pm CT, the Houston Symphony, led by conductor Xian Zhang, performs composer Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms for string ensemble (2009). The piece opens a program that will also feature Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 featuring soloist George Li and Dvorák’s Serenade in d minor. The concert will be live streamed from Houston’s Jones Hall.

Within Her Arms was composed following the unexpected passing of Clyne’s mother. In the program note, Clyne quotes from Buddhist monk and peace activist Thích Nh?t H?nh: 

Earth will keep you tight within her arms dear one—
So that tomorrow you will be transformed into flowers—
This flower smiling quietly in this morning field—
This morning you will weep no more dear one—
For we have gone through too deep a night.
This morning, yes, this morning, I kneel down on the green grass—
And I notice your presence.
Flowers, that speak to me in silence.
The message of love and understanding has indeed come. 

On Friday, October 16, 2020, Clyne releases Mythologies, a portrait album of five orchestral works recorded live by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, on AVIE Records. Works included on the album include Masquerade (2013) led by Marin Alsop; This Midnight Hour (2015) conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Sakari OramoThe Seamstress (2014-2015), led by Oramo, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh performing live with a recorded recitation by vocalist Irene Buckley, Night Ferry (2012) conducted by Andrew Litton, and <<rewind<< (2005-2006) led by André de Ridder. The cover art was created by Josh Dorman and the liner notes were written by celebrated classical music journalist Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim. The album was engineered and mastered by Grammy Award-winning audio engineer Jody Elff. AVIE will soon release the album in a limited edition vinyl version.

Performance Information
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00pm CT
Live Streamed from Jones Hall | Houston, TX
Tickets: Single tickets $20, or save 25% with a livestream package.

Houston Symphony 
Xian Zhang, conductor 

Anna Clyne – Within Her Arms
Haydn – Piano Concerto No. 11
Dvorák – Serenade in d minor 

About Anna Clyne
London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians.

Clyne has been commissioned by a wide range of ensembles and institutions, including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scottish Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and the Southbank Centre. Her work has been championed by such world-renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, André de Ridder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osmo Vänskä.

From 2010–2015, Clyne served as a Mead Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Riccardo Muti lauded Clyne as “an artist who writes from the heart, who defies categorization, and who reaches across all barriers and boundaries. Her compositions are meant to be played by great musicians and listened to by enthusiastic audiences no matter what their background.” She has also been in residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Berkeley Symphony, and National Sawdust. Clyne serves as the mentor composer for the Orchestra of St Luke's DeGaetano Composer Institute. Clyne is currently serving a three-year residency as Associate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, through the 2020-2021 season. The residency includes plans for a series of new works commissioned over three years.

Last season saw the premiere of Sound and Fury, premiered by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Pekka Kuusisto in Edinburgh; Breathing Statues, a new string quartet for Calidore Quartet, and Shorthand for solo cello and string orchestra, premiered by The Knights at Caramoor in New York. Other recent premieres include her Rumi-inspired cello concerto, DANCE, premiered with Inbal Segev at the 2019 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, led by Cristian Macelaru; Snake & Ladder, a work for saxophone and electronics premiered by Jess Gillam at the 2019 Cheltenham Music Festival; Beltane with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard; Three Sisters, her mandolin concerto for Avi Avital and the Kremerata Baltica; and Restless Oceans with the Taki Concordia Orchestra and Marin Alsop at the Opening Ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos. In July 2019, Clyne wrote and arranged music from Nico’s Marble Index for The Nico Project, a theatrical work presented by the Manchester International Festival.

Upcoming premieres include Stride, a new work for string orchestra inspired by Beethoven's Sonata Pathétique for the Australian Composers Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Orchestra and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Color Field a new work inspired by the artwork of Mark Rothko for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Overflow, a new work for wind ensemble inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Heart of Night for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, Shorthand for solo cello and string orchestra inspired by Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, Janácek's first String Quartet and Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata for the Orlando Symphony; and Fractured Time for the Los Angeles-based Kaleidoscope Ensemble. 

Clyne is the recipient of the 2016 Hindemith Prize; a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Jerome Foundation; and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS. She was nominated for the 2014 Times Breakthrough Award (UK).

Clyne’s music is represented on AVIE Records, Cantaloupe Music, Cedille, MajorWho Media, New Amsterdam, Resound, Tzadik, and VIA labels. Recent releases include DANCE/Cello Concerto featuring Inbal Segev, Marin Alsop, and the London Philharmonic; The Violin, an album of her works for multi-tracked violins with animations by artist Josh Dorman; Blue Moth, an album of her instrumental music for ensemble and tape; Night Ferry with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti; and Prince of Clouds featuring Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra on Cedille Records. Both Night Ferry and Prince of Clouds were nominated for 2015 Grammy Awards. 

Clyne's music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes. Learn more at

*Photo at the top of release by Christina Kernohan

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