“As a horn player, I love [Richard] Strauss,” says David Mairs, who’ll be conducting the Mid-Texas Symphony this weekend in a concert featuring the German master. The concert also includes music by Mozart, and Samuel Barber, whose First Essay For Orchestra is perfectly paired with the closing work, Strauss’s Death And Transfiguration.
“I like the first two essays of Barber. But to me, [they] end musically with a question,” Mairs explains. “Strauss leaves you with an answer.”