A list of upcoming public events in Houston and the surrounding area
Baton Rouge Symphony
David Torns, conductor
Strauss: “Fanfare” from Also Sprach Zarathustra
Holst: selections from The Planets
Williams: selections from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Star Wars
Join the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble for their winter concert, featuring the music of dreams. You’ll hear selections from Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast, in addition to originals such as Julia Kay Jamieson’s Between My Balloon and the Moon. This concert will be presented at the beautiful Archway Gallery, which showcases local artists who create in a variety of medias.
From the group that brought you Baroque to the Future, Bach to the Burg, and Timeless Impressions, join the FestivalChamber players for an unforgettable afternoon of chamber music masterpieces. Hear two selections from the orchestral ballet masterpieces, Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, rethought for woodwinds, strings, harp, and piano. The Lagniappe Trio (flute, harp, and viola) will also perform a dramatic narrative inspired by South American native music entitled “Submerged,” by Latin composer Miguel del Aguila. The program will also highlight the string family and will conclude with the joyful and energized Sextet for Woodwind Quintet and Piano by Francis Poulenc.
Join us on our final concert of the inaugural season of the Houston Youth Harp Ensemble! This free program will take place at the beautiful Live Oak Friends Meeting House in the Heights. Students will be performing works from Ireland, Japan, Cuba, Mexico, England, and the United States! Audience members will be treated to favorites such as Danny Boy, Scarborough Fair, Mexican Hat Dance, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and so much more!
The harp students of Stephanie Gustafson will be performing a concert of solo and ensemble music. With both children and adults performing, 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 Celtic favorites. This free recital is perfect 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! Stick around after and join us for a reception.
May the fourth be with you! Join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra for a celebration of music from your sci–fi movie favorites, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Cocoon, Planet of the Apes, The Twilight Zone, Battlestar Gallactica, and more.
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
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 first of HYHE's spring concerts, the March program will take place at Kinsmen Lutheran Church as part of their Abendmusik concert series. Admission is free, and you are encouraged to join us for a reception following the program. Musical selections will come from Ireland, Mexico, Japan, the United States, England, and Cuba!
Berlioz | Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict
Berlioz | Les nuits d’été
Roussel | Suite from The Spider’s Feast
Debussy | La mer
As sensuous and bewitching as the sea by which it’s inspired, Debussy’s La mer stands as one of the most stunning achievements in symphonic music. Acclaimed French conductor Ludovic Morlot returns to interpret this immortal masterpiece, music of majesty, mystery and primordial power. A luminous all-French program spotlights world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in Berlioz’ poignant reveries of love and loss, Les nuits d’été.
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