FREE ExxonMobil Summer
Symphony Nights

Be a part of an annual Houston tradition with our FREE 2017 ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre! Enjoy masterpieces of the classical repertoire performed by outstanding soloists (including the Silver Medalist from the 2017 Ima Hogg Competition) and conductors (including our very own Robert Franz)! Then join Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke for our annual Independence Day celebration, featuring Sousa, Tchaikovsky and fireworks!

Free, assigned seat tickets are available at the Miller Theatre Box Office on first-come first-served basis while supplies last between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm on the day of the performance. Only four (4) tickets per person age 16 and up. The box office is located on the northeast corner of the Theatre. 

Remaining tickets are given out one hour before before the concert starts. Assigned, ticketed seats will be held until 5 minutes before the performance begins. Any unclaimed seats are then released and distributed.

Hillside seating is free and not ticketed. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

                                               

1 | BEETHOVEN’S EROICA

 

Friday, June 23, 2017, 8:30 pm
Robert Franz
, conductor
Annelle Gregory, violin
   (Sphinx Competition Winner)

WILLAN  Overture to An Unwritten Comedy
BARBER  Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 3, Eroica

When Beethoven learned that Napoleon had crowned himself emperor, he tore up the title page of the symphony he had written for the French general—but he didn’t tear up the music. Houston favorite Robert Franz conducts Beethoven’s thrilling Eroica, the “heroic” symphony that sparked a musical revolution. Sphinx Competition winner Annelle Gregory also performs Barber’s lushly melodic Violin Concerto, and in a nod to Canada’s sesquicentennial the program opens with a charming work by British-Canadian composer Healey Willan.

 

2 | MOZART & DVORÁK

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:30 pm
David Danzmayr, conductor
William VerMeulen, horn

J. LÓPEZ  Fiesta!
MOZART  Horn Concerto No. 2
DVORÁK  Symphony No. 8

Up-and-coming Austrian conductor David Danzmayr leads a program featuring the Houston Symphony’s new Composer-in-Residence: Jimmy López. With movements like “Trance” and “Techno,” López’ Fiesta! is a high-energy orchestral showpiece full of virtuoso rhythms. Houston Symphony Principal Horn William VerMeulen also plays Mozart’s sunny Horn Concerto No. 2, and the program concludes with the enchanting melodies of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8.

 

3 | TCHAIKOVSKY & MENDELSSOHN

 

Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:30 pm
Ben Gernon, conductor
George Li, piano

GLINKA  Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1
MENDELSSOHN  Symphony No. 1

Miller audiences are in for a treat when Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist George Li performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Philharmonic’s new Principal Guest Conductor, Ben Gernon. From its thunderous opening chords to its soaring finale, this deeply emotive work has become the most popular piano concerto in history. The program begins with a lively overture by one of Tchaikovsky’s musical idols and concludes with Mendelssohn’s precocious Symphony No. 1, written when its composer was just 15 years old.

 

4 | BRAHMS’ SYMPHONY NO. 4

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 8:30 pm
Alexander Prior, conductor
Rainer Crosett, cello
   Silver medal winner,  
   2017 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg
   Young Artist Competition

VERDI  Overture to I Vespri Siciliani
Concerto TBC
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4

Wunderkind composer and conductor Alex Prior made headlines when at 17 he became the Seattle Symphony’s youngest assistant conductor ever, and now at 24 he’s stopping by Houston before taking up a post as Chief Conductor in Edmonton. Prior is joined by the Silver Medalist of the 2017 Ima Hogg competition, and the program concludes with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, one of the composer’s most emotionally powerful works.

 

5 | STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE!

 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 8:30 PM
Steven Reineke, Principal Pops 
   Conductor 
Ryan Shaw, vocalist

Celebrate Independence Day with a true Houston tradition at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Featuring patriotic tunes and post-concert fireworks, this year’s Star-Spangled Salute showcases vocalist Ryan Shaw’s soulful sound and the spirited leadership of our new Principal POPS Conductor, Steven Reineke. Plus enjoy favorites like our Service Medley and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

 

 

 

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