POPS Season

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Cirque de la Symphonie
New Acts!
August 30, 31, September 1, 2013
Michael Krajewski, conductor

The Houston Symphony’s Centennial POPS Season begins as daredevil cirque artists meet fiery symphonic music. Watch in awe as aerial artists defy gravity, acrobats and jugglers bring you to the edge of your seat, and strongmen move in ways you’ve never thought possible. Since their Houston debut in 2006, Cirque de la Symphonie has performed to sold-out, enthusiastic crowds around the world. Join us as they return to help start our centennial in high octane style.
Please note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this program.


Classic Soul
October 4, 5, 6, 2013
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Darius de Haas, vocalist

Classic Soul is back! Join Mike and guest vocalists for an evening of smooth grooves, easy rhythms and timeless top 40 hits of this iconic genre. Hear music from the kings and queens of classic soul, including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, James Brown, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Feel the spirit of an era with songs like “Natural Woman,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Proud Mary.” Then, tap your toes to the rhythms of hits such as “You are Everything,” “Respect,”  “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”


Luck be a Lady
Starring Megan Hilty from NBC's Smash
and Sean Saves the World
November 15, 16, 17, 2013
Steven Reineke, conductor
Megan Hilty, vocalist
Aaron Lazar, vocalist

Megan Hilty, the multi-talented star of NBC’s Smash and Sean Saves the World, debuting in October, and Broadway musicals Wicked and 9 to 5, is taking the Houston Symphony stage to pay special tribute to the tunes made famous by stars like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Dolly Parton. Hear cherished songs like “Luck be a Lady,” “The Best is Yet to Come” and “9 to 5.” The show wouldn’t be complete without beloved classics “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “New York, New York,” as well as popular songs of Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and music from Ms. Hilty’s album.

Very Merry Pops
December 13, 14, 15, 2013
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Houston Symphony Chorus
    Charles Hausmann,
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, narrator
The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, narrator
Pastor Marcus Cosby, narrator
Cindy Ratcliff, narrator

A Houston Symphony tradition, Very Merry Pops returns this Centennial Season with all the holiday music you love. Plus, experience a special piece, Glad Tidings, featuring spiritual leaders from the Houston community as guest narrators. Commissioned by the Houston Symphony in 2003, this musical journey through the story of the first Christmas will warm your heart and help you remember the true meaning of Christmas. Get in the holiday spirit with favorites like “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”
The Contemporary Songbook with Tony DeSare 
January 24, 25, 26, 2014
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Tony DeSare, singer/pianist

Described by The New York Times as “two parts young Sinatra to one part Billy Joel,” singer/pianist Tony DeSare performs today’s standards with Mike Krajewski and the Houston Symphony. Grab a drink and take it to your seat to sing along with favorites like “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Kiss,” “Stand By Me,” “Takin’ It To the Streets,” “Faithfully,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and other hits by James Taylor, Carole King and Stevie Wonder.


Music of the Mad Men Era
February 21, 22, 23, 2014
Steven Reineke, conductor
Ryan Silverman, vocalist

Snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 50s and 60s, a time when Bossa Nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip and catchy dance music spun on every hi-fi. Hear Ryan Silverman sing tunes such as “It’s Not Unusual,” “Bésame Mucho,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “I (Who Have Nothing)” and other flashy tunes from this retro era that has recently made a resurgence in every facet of pop culture.


100 Years of Broadway
March 28, 29, 30, 2014
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Christiane Noll, vocalist
Rachel York, vocalist
Christopher Johnstone, vocalist
Houston Symphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann,

In honor of the Houston Symphony’s Centennial, Michael Krajewski has assembled a night that encompasses American musical theater’s absolute greatest hits. Utilizing three Broadway stars and the Houston Symphony Chorus, you’ll hear songs like “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, “Circle of Life” from The Lion King and “I Could've Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady. We’ll also celebrate the most popular hits of composers Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.


An Evening with Chris Botti
April 25, 26, 27, 2014
Stuart Chafetz,
Chris Botti, trumpet

With his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, superstar Chris Botti is heading back to Houston to perform some of his favorite tunes along with music from his newest CD “Impressions”. Since the release of his 2004 CD “When I Fall in Love,” Botti has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist having appeared in countless PBS specials, had four #1 Jazz Albums and multiple GRAMMY® Awards throughout his career. Don't miss this incredible trumpet talent, performing together with your Houston Symphony.
Please note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this program.


False|False Symphonic Spectacular! See the Music
With Host Victor Garber
May 23, 24, 25, 2014
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Victor Garber, host
Elliott Forrest, producer

With host Victor Garber as your guide, the Houston Symphony closes the Centennial Season with a special spotlight on the orchestra. Visually explore the world’s most beloved symphonic music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “1812 Overture” and “Flight of the Bumblebee” paired with stunning high definition video, stills and animations ranging from nature to outer space, and everything in between. Enhanced by stunning lighting and theatrical effects, this spectacle of imagery and music provides an experience that is stirring, poignant, hilarious and inspiring.