Symphony Specials

 

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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 Yo-Yo Ma.


Symphony Specials are first available to subscribers before the general public. Become a subscriber or renew your subscription and save over single ticket prices! 

CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS
Welcome back to a season of extraordinary live orchestral music. Renew your subscription today by accessing your account. You can also call our Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575, Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

 

NEW SUBSCRIBERS
We're excited to have you join us as a subscriber this season. Please take some time to learn about our many subscription package options. Please feel free to contact our Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575, Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

 

1 | RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK—FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

 

July 1, 2, 2016
Steven Reineke, conductor

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before as part of our Summer Series at Jones Hall! Relive the magic with the amazing adventures of Raiders of the Lost Ark live on the big screen when the Houston Symphony performs John Williams’ score in its entirety. Help us celebrate the film’s special 35th anniversary with this epic (and perilous) event.

Photo credit: "RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK" licensed by LUCASFILM, LTD and PARAMOUNT PICTURES. Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm, Ltd. All Rights Reserved

2 THE MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES 
      (PART I OF OUR "CLASSIC ROCK WEEKEND")
      
AT THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION

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September 2, 2016
Brent Havens, conductor/arranger
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

Year 2 of our Classic Rock Weekend kicks off at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with a night dedicated to one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, The Rolling Stones. Frontman Brody Dolyniuk delivers the spirit of Mick Jagger’s signature performances in this high-energy symphonic-rock program. Enjoy the Stones’ #1 hits, such as “Satisfaction,” “Paint It Black,” "Ruby Tuesday,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Angie” and more.

The Houston Symphony’s performances at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion are supported in part by the George P. & Cynthia Mitchell Summer Concerts Fund.

3 | THE MUSIC OF QUEEN (PART II OF OUR "CLASSIC ROCK WEEKEND")
      
AT JONES HALL

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September 3, 2016
Brent Havens, conductor/arranger
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

The '70s are alive and well as the Houston Symphony celebrates the genius of Freddie Mercury in this electric symphonic-rock tribute to Queen. Enjoy all the classics of this incredible “Bohemian Rhapsody,” complete with Brody Dolyniuk’s soaring vocals, full rock band and live orchestra.

4 SETH MacFARLANE WITH THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY

 

September 4, 2016
Joel McNeely, conductor
Seth MacFarlane, vocalist

Get ready for the highly-anticipated Houston Symphony debut of Seth MacFarlane! The consummate showman and Family Guy creator joins the orchestra this Labor Day weekend to lend his baritone voice to the hidden gems of the ‘40s and ‘50s swing era and sing selections from the Great American Songbook.

5 OPENING NIGHT
      
CONCERT & GALA

 

September 17, 2016
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Sir Ben Kingsley, narrator
Rossini: Overture to The Thieving Magpie
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Andrés conducts an unforgettable performance of Prokofiev’s enduring classic, Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler's List, The Jungle Book). Also on the program are Rossini’s effervescent Overture to The Thieving Magpie and Strauss’ timeless Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

6 | ITZHAK PERLMAN

 

October 22, 2016
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
     Overture-Fantasy
Beethoven: Romance No. 2
Kreisler: Liebesleid
Kreisler: Liebesfreud
J. Williams: Theme from Schindler’s
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Kreisler: Tambourin Chinois

JONES HALL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
GALA AND CONCERT
A MAD MID-CENTURY CELEBRATION

Internationally acclaimed violinist, Itzhak Perlman, returns to Houston to celebrate the legacy of the Jones Family and the Houston Endowment. Hosted by Friends of Jones Hall, in collaboration with Society for the Performing Arts and the Houston Symphony, this Mad Men-style concert celebration will include a Champagne toast and concert with Itzhak Perlman and the Houston Symphony, conducted by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Enhance your evening by adding the Jones Hall Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala which includes pre-concert cocktails and an evening of dinner and dancing following the performance with the timeless Lester Lanin Orchestra from New York under a spacious tent on Jones Plaza. We will pay tribute to the Ballet and the Opera, as well as the SPA and the Symphony, in a program that allows us to look back at these wonderful organizations in 1966 and celebrates all that they have become today.

For Concert tickets only, call 713-224-7575.
For Gala and Concert tickets, contact Patricia Lawson at Patricia@JonesHall50th.org or 713-807-1411, ext. 112

7 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE—FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

 

December 9, 2016
Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Members of the Houston Symphony Chorus
     Betsy Cook Weber, director

Your holiday just got even more special with Frank Capra’s great American Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The Houston Symphony and members of the Houston Symphony Chorus are accompanying the extraordinary journey of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his guardian angel with a live performance of Dimitri Tiomkin’s heartwarming score and newly-restored music.

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      AT TOYOTA CENTER

 

December 11, 2016
Eugene Kohn, conductor
Andrea Bocelli, vocalist
Houston Symphony Chorus
   Betsy Cook Weber, director

Andrea Bocelli, who has sold 80 million records and performed countless worldwide tours, returns to the Toyota Center with the Houston Symphony. The Italian tenor brings with him a stunning new production based on his latest album Cinema, which includes epic theme songs from films such as Scent of a Woman, The Godfather, Love Story, Life is Beautiful and many more. This special performance also features Bocelli’s beloved repertoire of soaring arias and crossover hits.

Visit Toyota Center for ticket information.

9 HANDEL'S MESSIAH

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December 16, 17, 18, 2016
Stephen Stubbs
, conductor and harpsichord
Teresa Wakim, soprano
Jakub Józef Orlinski, countertenor
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
Houston Symphony Chorus
     Betsy Cook Weber, director
Handel: Messiah

Celebrate Christmas with Houston’s premier performances of Handel’s Messiah. This timeless classic is brought to life through brilliant Baroque arias and rousing choruses. From “Ev’ry Valley” to the famed “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel’s Messiah is a true Houston Symphony holiday tradition.

Additional performance on December 15 at Sugar Land Baptist Church

10 YO-YO MA

 

February 4, 2017
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Dvorák: Cello Concerto

Andrés welcomes superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma back to the Houston Symphony for Dvorák’s Cello Concerto. One of the world’s most beloved musicians, Yo-Yo Ma has entranced audiences since his performance for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy at age seven. After an epic solo concert at the 2015 BBC Proms, one reviewer reflected, “Without doubt, we were in the presence of a great musician, and a great man. One to file in the concerts of a lifetime” (BBC Music Magazine).

11 | E.T.—FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

February 9, 2017
Constantine Kitsopoulos
, conductor

Join us for a night of magic and imagination as the Houston Symphony brings you Steven Spielberg's cinematic masterpiece E.T. with John Williams' Academy Award®-winning score performed live to picture. Experience the mystery and fun of a lost alien and a 10-year-old boy, Elliott, and their unforgettable adventure in the beloved blockbuster that has captivated audiences around the world.

12 | BEN FOLDS WITH THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY

March 16, 2017
Ben Folds
, vocalist

Enjoy a spectacular evening as the Houston Symphony welcomes back the consummate musician, Ben Folds. This one-night event features a performance of Folds’ acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. With his irreverent wit and professional musicianship, expect Folds to deliver a night of exciting orchestral arrangements of familiar hits, paired with selections from his latest album So There, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Classical and Classical Crossover charts.

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