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Matinee Performance: Yale Alum Aralee Dorough at the HOUSTON SYMPHONY

Principal Flutist of the Houston Symphony, Aralee Dorough, closes with breathtaking solo from Maurice Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe.

FOR TICKETS AFTER 2/1/18, EMAIL US AT YaleHouston@gmail.com

Aralee Dorough
Principal Flutist of the Houston Symphony
and graduate of Yale School of Music


Greetings Yale Club members and friends,


Block your calendars for Sunday afternoon, February 4 because the YaleWomen of Houston have organized a fabulous event for you at Jones Hall!  You are invited to join us for an afternoon filled with music, including an incredible flute solo performance by fellow Yale alum and Principal Flutist of the Houston Symphony, Aralee Dorough! 

YaleWomen and the Yale Club of Houston reserved a block of tickets (mid-orchestra) for Yale alums and friends to attend the February 4th Houston Symphony matinee performance at Jones Hall.  
Acclaimed conductor Fabien Gabel returns with a program of French and American classics, including Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, John Corigliano’s Conjurer for Percussionist, Strings and Brass, Jacques Ibert’s Ports of Call, and Louis Aubert’s Habanera. The program closes with Maurice Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloé, featuring a breathtaking flute solo performed by Aralee Dorough, Principal Flutist of the Houston Symphony and a former graduate student at the Yale School of Music.  Scroll down the page to purchase tickets and to learn more about Aralee Dorough.


Following the performance, we will join Aralee backstage for a private reception in the Rehearsal Room.  Here are all the details:

Date:        Sunday, February 4, 2018

Time:        2:30 pm

Location:  Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002


Price:       $75 per person please purchase your ticket before January 26

Tickets:    Click HERE to purchase your tickets!


RSVP:       Please RSVP by January 26
                  - in order to be guaranteed tickets at the group price


If you wish to purchase a ticket after the RSVP date above, please email us at YaleHouston@gmail.com.  


Do arrive early to pick up your tickets from Will Call at the Jones Hall box office.   As an option, the Houston Symphony will hold their regular Prelude Pre Concert Discussion at 1:45 pm, and all concert-goers are invited to attend.

Ample parking is available in the Theater District parking garages for $12.  You can also Uber, carpool, or take Metro to Jones Hall.


Aralee Dorough began her tenure with the Houston Symphony in 1985, becoming the orchestra’s principal flutist in 1991. Along with her role at the Houston Symphony, Aralee teaches orchestral repertoire at the Texas Music Festival and the Festival-Institute at Round Top, and is an Affiliate Artist on the faculty of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

She first appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony performing Mozart’s Concerto in C major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra for the 1992-1993 season Opening Night Gala concert. Aralee gave the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s concerto, Flute Moon (1999), which was commissioned by the Houston Symphony and presented at a gala concert broadcast live on PBS. In 2003, she gave the U.S. premiere of a Salvador Brotons concerto, which Brotons himself conducted for the National Flute Association Convention. In 2006, Aralee and Houston Symphony colleagues presented the premiere of a chamber work by composer Gabriela Frank on a collaborative program between the Houston Symphony and the Da Camara Society. Other solo appearances with the Symphony have included Quantz‚ Concerto in G major with conductor Nicholas McGegan and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with conductor Joshua Rifkin and violinist Eric Halen.

An avid chamber music and contemporary music performer, Aralee has played with the Houston Symphony Chamber Players; the Da Camera Society of Houston; The Foundation for Modern Music; Musiqa; the Festival-Institute at Round Top; and in Europe, Japan and at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival in a collaboration with Christoph Eschenbach at the piano. She can be heard on over 20 Houston Symphony recordings and performances aired on PBS and American Public Media’s Performance Today. She has worked with a distinguished roster of conductors and guest artists, including Eric Leinsdorf, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin and Yo Yo Ma.

She has also collaborated with her father jazz artist and Schoolhouse Rock composer‚ Bob Dorough on 2005’s The Houston Branch CD project, now available at cdbaby.com. The album features Aralee along with her husband, her father and three of Houston’s top jazz musicians performing standard tunes and her father’s originals, including one of her own compositions. Because of her father, Aralee has been peripherally involved with jazz and studio work throughout her career, including a speaking part on “My Hero Zero” for ABC TV’s Schoolhouse Rock at age nine.

Aralee received her undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (1983), where she studied with master teacher Robert Willoughby and met her future husband, Houston Symphony oboist Colin Gatwood. She continued her studies as a graduate student at the Yale School of Music where she worked with a renowned teacher, the late Thomas Nyfenger.

Aralee, her husband, and son Corin enjoy traveling, most recently on the Houston Symphony’s /The Planets- An HD Odyssey/tour to the UK. They also participated in the Walled City Music Festival (Derry, Ireland).


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