A list of upcoming public events in Houston and the surrounding area
Conducted by Earl Lee, featuring violinist Byron Tauchi
The LPO returns to Jefferson, Hammond, and Slidell with a concert full of romance. This program is made up of a collection of pieces infused with passion including Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Massenet’s “Meditation” from Thaïs, and selections from Georges Bizet’s infamous opera Carmen.
The orchestra’s narrative power comes through in a concert of operatic and symphonic powerhouses, and an epic cello concerto. Renowned LSU cellist Dennis Parker returns to the BRSO.
ROSSINI | Overture to The Barber of Seville
WALTON | Cello Concerto; Dennis Parker, cello
BEETHOVEN | Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
The BRSO closes its season with Mussorgsky’s masterpiece of orchestral color and virtuosity, the mighty Pictures at an Exhibition. The concert also includes Durufle’s Requiem, featuring the BRSO Chorus with soloists Sonja Bruzauskas and Brandon Hendrickson.
LOWRY | A Cypress Prelude
DURUFLE | Requiem
MUSSORGSKY | Pictures at an Exhibition
Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 3
Mahler: Symphony no. 9
Violinist Nikki Chooi’s playing has been described as “vigorous and colorful” by the New York Times. Chooi brings his musical expertise to the city of New Orleans and to Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Bright and airy, Mozart is paired in contrast with Mahler’s deeply personal Ninth Symphony. His last completed symphony, Symphony No. 9 is often viewed as his farewell.
World-renowned ensemble Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will join the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra Saturday, January 12, 2018, at 7:30 p.m at the Selena Auditorium, marking its first appearance with the Symphony in Corpus Christi. Originally founded in 1898, Mariachi Vargas has thrived for five generations and become one of the most internationally celebrated ensembles in Mexican music history, spurring national pride for what is now recognized as Mexico’s classic sound, including the title of “World’s Best Mariachi” since the 1950s.
Twenty-five years ago, Theatre Under The Stars helped usher in a new musical era with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The show became an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Just in time for the holiday season, this magical tale as old as time returns home to Houston with an all-new production from TUTS. Be our guest, and celebrate the season with us!
Visit https://www.tuts.com for showtimes.
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s holiday classic enters a new realm as it makes its debut on the stage of the Raising Cane’s River Center Arena. Bringing together internationally acclaimed guest artists, local children, pre-professional performers, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou, is sure to delight audiences with its lavish choreography and costumes and creative new twists.
Join community partners St. Joseph’s Cathedral, South Baton Rouge Church of Christ, and Houmas House as they host stirring holiday celebrations featuring the brass section of the BRSO and principal harpist Stephanie Gustafson.
12/6: St. Joseph Cathedral | 7:30 pm
12/7: South Baton Rouge Church of Christ | 7:00 pm
12/9: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens | 4:30 pm
The harp students of Stephanie Gustafson will be performing a concert of solo and chamber music. With performers ranging from ages 5–60, some students have been playing a few months, while others have been training for years. Audience members will be treated to a wide range of genres, including classical, jazz, pop, and holiday music. This is the perfect event for people who have always been interested in giving music lessons a shot but have never done so. The harp is a fantastic instrument for beginning musicians!
The inaugural season of the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble launches with our fall concert, "3, 2, 1... It's Showtime!" The concert will feature two harp ensembles made up of middle and high school harp students throughout the Houston area.
The program will include:
“Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz
Themes from Pirates of the Caribbean
Les Misérables medley
Medley of hits from Pixar’s Up
Tomislav Fačini, University of Zagreb's Academy of Music, guest conductor
Under the director of guest conductor Tomislav Fačini, the Moores School of Music's Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Beethoven, featuring the Strings Division winner of MSM Concerto Competition.
BRSO’s first-ever all-John Williams concert will delight all ages with music from Superman, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more
“See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen…” From euphoric disco and chart-topping pop perfection to a movie and a hit Broadway musical, ABBA was—and is—a sensation. Dance, jive and have the time of your life as international vocal phenomenon Rajaton and the Houston Symphony bring you infectious hit after infectious hit. You know them, you love them: “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” and so many more.
Concerts: 10/5 and 10/6 at 8:00 pm and 10/7 at 7:30 pm
Conducted by Dr. Myron Welch
LISZT/ARR. KINDIG: Finale from Mazeppa
FAURE/ARR. WEBBER: Pie Jesu from Requiem
COPLAND: The Red Pony Suite
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Variations on a Theme of Glinka for Oboe and Military Band, feat. Ian Davidson (Oboe)
BENNETT: Symphonic Songs for Band
GINASTERA/arr. John: Danza Final
From the chamber musicians who brought you Baroque to the Future and Bach to the Burg, join us for music inspired by the great Impressionists, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Including a world premiere by violist and composer, Christopher Lowry, you will be inspired and enlightened in this lovely Sunday afternoon outing that highlights the beautiful colors of the harp, flute, clarinet, and string family.
Join the Houston Symphony at the Pavilion for a very special, very heart-filled presentation of The Wizard of Oz! Watch the all-time classic as the Symphony provides fantastical, live musical accompaniment. It’s all the classic magic of The Wizard of Oz – like you’ve never seen it before.
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the last concert of LPO's 2017-2018 season. The concert starts off with an LPO premiere of Hominum: Concertro for Orchestra by Gabriela Ortiz. Assisted by the NOVA Masterworks, the season is brought to an electrifying close with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring Leslie Ann Bradley, Dana Wilson, Hugh Russell, and the NOVA Masterworks.
The students of Stephanie's Heights and Woodlands/Spring studios will come together for an exciting recital filled with solo and chamber music. Students of all ages and levels will be playing a diverse range of music that is sure to inspire. Interested in taking lessons? Join us for a morning of music making to see what it's all about!
Performances by Amanda Galick, flute; Matt Lammers, violin; Anya Wilkening, violin; Rainey Weber, viola; Nathan Watts, cello; Stephanie Gustafson, harp.
Da Camera’s A Little Day Music is the longest running free concert series in Houston.
A Little Day Music is a series of free concerts presented at noon on the first Wednesday of the month. Each concert is designed to deliver Da Camera’s signature programming to an audience including senior citizens, downtown professionals, and students. The series features a variety of chamber music and jazz, presented in an accessible one-hour concert format. Audiences are invited to enjoy their lunch while listening to the music.
A rebel fleet destroying the Death Star, a shark’s fin slicing the water, a bicycle flying past the moon and a boy’s first day at Hogwarts: it’s impossible to imagine these iconic movie moments without the equally iconic music of John Williams. Take a thrilling tour through Williams’ most unforgettable scores in this must-see concert that highlights music from the Star Wars franchise in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Conducted by Michael Krajewski
COPLAND: Billy the Kid
STRUM: Forever Spring
BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Conducted by Timothy Muffitt
Conductor Andrey Boreyko leads the orchestra in selections from one of Tchaikovsky’s treasured ballet scores and a luminous, romantic excerpt from Franz Schreker’s opera, The Distant Sound.
SCHREKER Nocturne from The Distant Sound
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Selections from The Sleeping Beauty
This event marks the Houston debut of Music & Literature, the international magazine dedicated to publishing and celebrating outstanding artists from around the world whose work unjustly remains on the outskirts of Anglophone culture. The evening’s program spotlights work from several of the artists featured in Music & Literature, including Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik, Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, and Korean composer Unsuk Chin, and others. The program will be emceed by M&L’s founding publisher (and new Houston resident) Taylor Davis-Van Atta.
José Luis Gomez conducts the LPO in a concert featuring pieces that incorporate traditional and folk melodies from around the world. It will start off in Venezuela with Carreño’s Margariteña, which features famous popular Venezuelan tunes fueled by traditional Venezuelan rhythms. Sixteen-time GRAMMY Award-winning banjoist, Béla Fleck, is then welcomed to the stage to premiere his Banjo Concerto, newly commissioned by the LPO in celebration of the New Orleans Tricentennial. The concert concludes with Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome, which recalls memories of children’s songs and hymns in Roman life.
A performance with Texas Medical Center Orchestra, conducted by Libi Libel
Strauss: Overture from Die Fledermaus
Verdi: La donna è mobile
Donizetti: Chacun le sait
Bellini: Ah! Non credea.. Ah! Non guinge
Donizetti: Una furtiva lagrima
Bizet: Chanson bohème
Puccini: Quando m'en vo' soletta
Delibes: Sous le dôme épais
Lehár: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Hanson: Merry Mount Suite