Symphony Specials

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Symphony Specials performances fall outside of our main series and are one-time-only events featuring spectacular guest artists and conductors.  Individual tickets are on sale for select performances, while others are still only available to subscribers.  Refer to the below on-sale dates associated with each concert.  Note: to add a Symphony Specials ticket to your subscription order, first put your selected ticket package in your shopping cart, then click on the banner above the shopping cart to see a list of available Symphony Specials.

   Opening Night with Renée Fleming
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano
Join us as we open our Centennial Season with three-time Grammy® award winner and vocal superstar, Renée Fleming. The diva will captivate you with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence as she joins the Houston Symphony to perform classical favorites, as well as selections from her explorations of Broadway and songs of today.


John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma
Thursday, December 5, 2013
John Williams, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Two music superstars and longtime friends join your Houston Symphony for an evening of music by John Williams composed for the concert hall and for some of Hollywood’s most beloved films. Williams and the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the composer’s lush and virtuosic Cello Concerto, followed by thrilling selections from some of his most popular film scores.


Handel's Messiah
December 20, 21, 22, 2013
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Dominique Labelle,
Christopher Ainslie,
Thomas Cooley,
Douglas Williams,
Houston Symphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann,
Join celebrated Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan and all-star vocalists for an unforgettable performance of Handel's beloved Messiah.  Hailed by The London Independent as “one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” and  by The New Yorker as “an expert in 18th-century style", McGegan leads the Houston Symphony and Chorus in a joy-filled and moving interpretation, including favorites "For Unto Us a Child is born" and the powerful "Hallelujah" chorus.



Linda Eder
May 29, 2014
Rescheduled from February 14, 2014
Houston favorite and acclaimed vocalist Linda Eder returns to the Symphony for a special performance featuring her best-known hits and favorite songs. Eder, whose repertoire ranges from show tunes and classic jazz standards to popular song, is the golden-voiced singer who made her Broadway debut as Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, winning a prestigious Drama Desk nomination. You and your loved ones will be charmed by the sweet tones of Eder’s voice together with the sweeping sounds of the Houston Symphony.

Steve Tyrell & Friends
Thursday March 13, 2014
Steve Tyrell, vocalist
With a little help from his friends Diane Schuur, Lew Soloff and Judith Hill, GRAMMY award winning vocalist and Houston hero Steve Tyrell returns to sing with the Houston Symphony. Focusing on great wordsmiths from the past century, join us for a night filled with once in a lifetime performances of American standards like, "You're So Nice to Come Home To", "Bewitched", "The Way You Look Tonight" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."


Christoph Eschenbach Conducts Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand
May 9, 10, 2014
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano I – Magna Peccatrix
Twyla Robinson, soprano II – Una Poenitentium
Marisol Montalvo, soprano III – Mater Gloriosa
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano I – Mulier Samaritana
Jill Grove, mezzo-soprano II – Maria Aegyptiaca
John Pickle, tenor – Doctor Marianus
Markus Werba, baritone – Pater Ecstaticus
John Relyea, bass – Pater Profundus
Houston Symphony Chorus and Alumni, Charles Hausmann, director
Members of the Prairie View A&M University Chorus, A. Jan Taylor, director
Members of the Clear Creek High School Choir, James Park, director
Members of the Clear Lake High School Choir, Justin Coffey, director
Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas, William R. Adams, founder and artistic director
Houston Boychoir, Carole Nelson, artistic director
Mahler: Symphony No. 8, Symphony
   of a Thousand

Former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to conduct two spectacular evenings of music from one of his favorite composers. Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is commonly referred to as the Symphony of a Thousand due to the huge number of performers required on stage. Watch in awe as more than 400 musicians, chorus members and vocal soloists join together – complete with a special stage extension – for a once-in-a-lifetime, powerful experience of music.