The Houston Symphony partners with a variety of organizations to enhance the quality of life with orchestraconcerts with a musician-led ensemble at partner sites and Villa de Matel is one of the symphony’s partners. The Houston Symphony believes that listening to music dramatically helps to improve people’s well-being and boostsphysical health plus making people happier overall.

The Sisters of St. Placidus Convent were treated to a musical performance recently and the enthusiasm in the room created great excitement.    The Musicians shared with the Sisters their delight with all who were in attendance of the wonderful interaction with the musical pieces they performed.

Kathryn Ladner – Flute

Kathryn provided the Sisters the information of the musical pieces to further understand the composer and music being performed. Kathryn joined the Houston Symphony in the fall of 2016.
She moved to Houston from Nashville, Tennessee, where she played third flute and piccolo with the Nashville Symphony from 2012–2016. Born and raised in Seattle, Ladner began playing flute in publicschools at age 10. She holds a Bachelors of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School ofMusic and a Masters of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Wei Jiang – Viola

Born in China, Wei Jiang began studying violin with his father at the age of 5 and began studying viola after being admitted to the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Having graduated with the highest honor. Jiangcame to the United States in 1996 to further his musical training at the Oberlin Conservatory and later at the University of Maryland. In 1999, he became a member of the Houston Symphony.

Louis-Marie Fardet - Cello

Louis-Marie was appointed cellist with the Houston Symphony in January 2015. Prior to moving to Houston, he was a tenured member of L’Opéra de Paris Orchestra for five years. Born in Rochefort, the south-west coast of France, Fardet moved to Paris to pursue his cello studies at the prestigious Paris Conservatory and then came to Houston in 1999 to study with Paul Katz at Rice University.

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