October 22, 2014
Fall of the Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary Concert
On Monday, November 3, 2014, the Houston-Leipzig (Germany) Sister City Association and the Houston Symphony will welcome the world renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra to kick-off its United States concert tour at Jones Hall in Houston. The concert, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, is being held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Former President George H. W. Bush and former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III are serving as Honorary Chairs for the event, having served in critical roles leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately paving the way for Germany's reunification in 1990.
Leipzig was where demonstrations began that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Houstonians won't want to miss the chance to enjoy the world renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra's performance, which will include works by famous German composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, one of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra's most celebrated conductors.
Houston Symphony Presents
Leipzig has been an official City to Houston Sister City since 1993. Sister Cities International is a nonprofit organization created in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in an effort to build bonds and partnerships between people of different cultures to ultimately lessen the chance of new conflicts. In total, Houston has 17 sister cities worldwide.