Symphony Specials

Symphony Specials
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Handel’s Messiah
December 21, 22, 23, 2012
Matthew Halls, conductor
Gillian Keith*, soprano
Jay Carter, countertenor
Chad Shelton, tenor
Brian Mulligan, baritone
Houston Symphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann, director

* Houston Symphony debut

Behold the power of the music and words of Handel’s masterpiece. This Houston Symphony tradition will get you and your family in the true spirit of Christmas. Hear beloved solos and choruses, from “Rejoice Greatly” to the “Hallelujah Chorus.”


Smokey Robinson
February 1, 2013, 7:30 pm
King of Motown, satin-voiced vocalist and brilliant songwriter Smokey Robinson is coming to the Houston Symphony stage to perform his hits such as “Tears of a Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Tracks of My Tears” and many more!


The Chieftains: 50th Anniversary Tour
February 15, 2013, 7:30 pm
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains triumphantly return to Jones Hall. They will be joined by the famous dancing Pilatzke Brothers as they perform “The Galician Overture,” the hilarious send-up “Planxty Mozart,” the title song from their most celebrated album “Long Journey Home,” and more.


Disney in Concert
Magical Music from the Movies
March 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
Robert Franz, conductor
Candice Nicole, vocalist
Whitney Claire Kaufman, vocalist
Aaron Phillips, vocalist
Andrew Johnson, vocalist
Every new generation has a favorite Disney movie, whether it’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Aladdin or The Lion King. Be enchanted by the music and stunning visuals of these Disney masterpieces and more. Robert Franz and the orchestra will be joined by four leading vocalists who will perform the songs of your favorite princes and princesses.


  Israel at 65
May 23, 2013, 7:30 pm
David Zeva,

David D'or, 
The Houston Symphony, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, recognizes the 65th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel with a concert on May 23 at Jones Hall.

Acclaimed Israeli singer David D'or joins the Houston Symphony for an evening of music ranging from pop to classical to traditional Jewish Yemenite music. Known for his four octave range, D'or has thrilled audiences around the world with his ability to effortlessly sing many styles of music.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
+ Live Orchestra
May 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
Matthew Kraemer, conductor
A one of a kind film screening concert experience will take you for an adventure on the high seas!  The performance features the 2003 smash hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly, with musical score performed live by the Houston Symphony. Experience this blockbuster as you never have before.

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Non-Theatrical © Disney


A Graf Farewell
May 17, 18, 2013, 7:30 pm
Erin Wall, soprano
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
HoustonSymphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann, director
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection
“Of all of Mahler’s symphonies, Resurrection has the most uplifting ending. There is a spiritual element in it that is hard to beat. Mahler’s idea to have the chorus emerge from the depths is spellbinding, like souls waiting to arise from the abyss to the heavens, following an irresistible crescendo to their apotheosis - a glorious and positive way to finish.” - Hans Graf

Dates, artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. All concerts are at Jones Hall unless otherwise noted.