HOUSTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Symphony's music library,
offices, rehearsal rooms, computer servers and files, as well as its customer
service center, were totally submerged under more than eight feet of dirty
flood water in Jones Hall left behind by Tropical Storm Allison. Today, the
Houston Symphony pledged to continue its schedule of performances if at all
"Fortunately, no member of the orchestra or staff was seriously hurt,"
said Ann Kennedy, executive director and CEO. "Our other losses have been
nothing short of catastrophic, but if the venues where we are scheduled to
play are able to accommodate us, despite all the flooding, we will be there,"
she vowed. "There may have to be some minor changes in repertoire due to the
flooding of our priceless music library, which contained scores dating back
almost to the orchestra's founding in 1913. Nonetheless, the members of the
orchestra and our staff are determined that we will continue playing."
Instruments kept in the sub-basement of Jones Hall, including several
grand pianos and two contrabasses that are three to four-hundred years old,
are presumed lost as well. Fortunately, the majority of the orchestra's
instruments are either safe with their owners or had been taken out of Jones
Hall to be transported to a concert. What remains of a massive collection of
the Symphony's historical documents and photographs cannot be determined until
staff members can re-enter Jones Hall.
The sub-basement, where the rehearsal rooms and some instrument storage
are located, apparently filled with flood water, which then rose to the
ceiling of the main basement, which contains the music library, historical
library, musicians' lockers, administrative offices, computer equipment and
the customer service center.
Most of the subscription records for the upcoming season are safe at an
off-site location. In the days ahead, customer service staff will personally
contact subscribers to assure they will be properly accommodated next season.
The regular customer service telephone has been temporarily disrupted, as have
been all telephones in the main Jones Hall office. Emergency communications
with the Houston Symphony can be handled through 713-334-5616.
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SOURCE Houston Symphony