Symphony Specials

Symphony Specials are typically one- or two-night events and are available first to subscribers before the general public. They are not included in subscription packages. Add Symphony Specials to your order and don’t miss this opportunity to hear guest artists like
Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of our time.


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1 THE MUSIC OF LED ZEPPELIN (PART I OF OUR "CLASSIC ROCK WEEKEND")
      
AT THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION

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May 29, 2015
Brent Havens, conductor/arranger
Randy Jackson, vocalist

The Music of Led Zeppelin combines the power of a full rock band with the Houston Symphony at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in one high-energy evening of music. Conductor/arranger Brent Havens and lead singer Randy Jackson, of rock band Zebra fame, join the orchestra to capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power” riff for riff in electric performances of classic hits such as “Stairway to Heaven,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.”

2 THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD (PART II OF OUR "CLASSIC ROCK WEEKEND")
      
AT JONES HALL

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May 30, 2015
Brent Havens
, conductor/arranger
Randy Jackson
, vocalist

Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s fabulous vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the Houston Symphony as they capture Pink Floyd’s ethereal flow of music and effects while churning out new musical colors. This rock concert features 17 Pink Floyd songs, including “Money,” “Learning to Fly,” “Comfortably Numb” and selections from the band’s 1979 hit album The Wall.

3 | CARMINA BURANA

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July 17, 18, 2015
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Houston Symphony
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia
Houston Symphony Chorus
     Betsy Cook Weber, director
Houston Children’s Chorus
     Stephen Roddy, director
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite
Orff: Carmina Burana

Houston welcomes the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (Colombian Youth Philharmonic) as they join their Artistic Advisor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Houston Symphony Chorus and the Houston Children’s Chorus for a spectacular side-by-side performance of Carl Orff’s epic Carmina Burana featuring nearly 400 musicians on an extended Jones Hall stage. The festive songs of Carmina Burana celebrate love, feasting and merriment with wild abandon, all the while acknowledging the ever-turning wheel of fortune.

4 POKÉMON—SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS

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July 25, 26, 2015
Susie Benchasil Seiter,
conductor

Brought to life by the Houston Symphony accompanied by exciting visuals on a giant screen, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise’s most memorable melodies. The premiere of Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions in Washington D.C. sold out with a second performance added by popular demand. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is produced by Princeton Entertainment.

5 BACK TO THE FUTURE—FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
      
FEATURING SCORE BY ALAN SILVESTRI

 

August 1, 2015
Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Power up your DeLorean, recharge your flux capacitor and prepare to celebrate the 30th anniversary of an unforgettable movie classic. Back to the Future led to two wildly successful sequels and stamped an enduring imprint on pop culture. Now, fans old and new will experience the thrill of Back to the Future like never before—on a big screen with the Houston Symphony performing Alan Silverstri’s dazzling score live and in-sync with the film. You will also be in for an exclusive treat: Approximately fifteen minutes of brand new music has been added by the composer to the film’s score.

6 OPENING NIGHT WITH JOSHUA BELL
      
CONCERT & GALA

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September 12, 2015
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Bernstein/Brohn: West Side Story Suite
     for Violin and Orchestra
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)

Prepare for the dazzling opening of the Houston Symphony’s 2015-16 Season when world-famous violinist Joshua Bell returns to perform an arrangement written for him, William David Brohn’s tuneful and virtuosic arrangement of the West Side Story Suite. Be delighted and amazed by Bell’s lightning-fast finger work and sweeping renditions of “I Feel Pretty,” “Somewhere” and other melodies from Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical. Gershwin’s jazzy An American in Paris opens the concert, and the evening concludes with the fairytale symbolism and burning colors of Stravinsky’s mythical ballet, The Firebird.

7 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES—MASTER QUEST

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October 21, 22, 2015
Amy Andersson,
conductor
Members of the Houston Symphony
     Chorus
     Betsy Cook Weber, director

The highly anticipated global concert tour of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses—Master Quest descends on the Houston Symphony and delights fans with a truly unique experience. Audiences can expect new additions from “A Link Between Worlds,” the most recently released Zelda game.

8 HOME ALONE—FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
      
FEATURING SCORE BY JOHN WILLIAMS

 

December 4, 2015
Steven Reineke,
conductor
The High School for the Performing and
     Visual Arts Chorus
     Shannon Carter and
          Julia Hall,
 
directors
     Pat Bonner, vocal music chair

Give your holiday a little laughter with Home Alone, the beloved comedy favorite featuring renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Home Alone is must-see hilarious holiday fun for the entire family!

9 HANDEL'S MESSIAH

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December 18, 19, 20, 2015
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor and 
     harpsichord
Shannon Mercer
, soprano
Jennifer Rivera
, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Plenk
, tenor
Jonathan Lasch
, baritone
Houston Symphony Chorus
     Betsy Cook Weber
, director
Handel: Messiah

Experience the timeless Christmas tradition of this Baroque masterpiece with the finest performances of Handel’s Messiah in Houston. Full of glorious choruses and moving solos, this grand oratorio tells the story of the first Christmas through some of Handel’s most inspired works, including “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted,” “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” and the famous “Hallelujah” chorus.

10 HOUSTON SYMPHONY PRESENTS GARRISON KEILLOR

 

January 27, 2016
Richard Dworsky, piano

NPR veteran Garrison Keillor, of A Prairie Home Companion fame, is no holds barred for a rousing event featuring his trademark storytelling and candid, observational comedy—as well as his signature red shoes. The National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, who has been parodied on shows like SNL and The Simpsons, captivates audiences using his unique blend of humor, charisma and wisdom for this one-night only performance at Jones Hall. 

Note: The orchestra will not appear on this program. This is not a performance of A Prairie Home Companion. Mr. Keillor will not be performing music as part of this presentation.

11 DISNEY IN CONCERT: TALE AS OLD AS TIME

 

April 15, 2016
Lucas Waldin,
conductor 
Deidre Donovan,
vocalist
Stephanie Gerson, vocalist
John De Lisa, vocalist
Andrew Johnson, vocalist

Brought to life by the talents of Broadway-caliber performers and featuring animated film clips, Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time explores classic moments and perilous plot twists from FrozenBeauty and the BeastCinderellaThe Little MermaidTangledThe Lion King and many more. So come along with the Houston Symphony as we journey on this magical musical celebration through the sensational storytelling of Disney.
 
This presentation is authorized by Disney Concerts © Disney.
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