Young Professionals Backstage

YPB is a society of young professionals under 40 that mixes behind-the-scenes access and up-in-front support of the Houston Symphony. If you enjoy music, want to be more connected to the Houston arts scene, or like meeting new people with similar interests, YPB is for you!

To join, purchase a YPB ticket package or buy individual YPB tickets for $45 each, call (713) 224-7575, Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

The Remaining 2013-14 Season

Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8 pm
Hans Graf, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso for 
   Cello and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for 
   Cello and Orchestra
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3

Conductor Laureate Hans Graf leads the Symphony in a powerful all- Russian program. First, hear the ripening love and impending tragedy in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Then, hear rising-star cellist Johannes Moser perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

The Upcoming 2014-15 YPB Season

Beethoven’s Fifth
November 14, 2014

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Frank Huang, violin
Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin American Dances
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Hear the opening four-note, attention-grabbing theme of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and you’ll instantly know why it is considered one of the most influential pieces of music ever written. This performance kicks off 3 Weeks of Beethoven with Andrés Orozco-Estrada and begins a three- year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies. Also, experience Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, which features brilliant Spanish violin melodies performed by Concertmaster Frank Huang.

Mozart and Shostakovich 
January 17, 2015
Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
Christina and Michelle Naughton, piano
Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 12, The Year 1917

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton share the Jones Hall stage to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. Watch and listen in awe as the duo exchanges musical dialogue across the two pianos in this light and playful concerto. Next, experience the Houston Symphony’s first-ever performance of Shostakovich’s intense and expansive Symphony No. 12, The Year 1917.

U.K. Rocks: from the Beatles to Adele 
April 3, 2015
Michael Krajewski,
Storm Large, vocalist
J. Robert Spencer, vocalist

This “across the pond” spectacle salutes the United Kingdom. Storm Large from the group Pink Martini and J. Robert Spencer of the Midtown Men perform songs ranging from The Beatles to contemporary artists such as Coldplay and Adele. With hits like “Moondance,” “Wish You WereHere” and “Every Breath You Take,” cheer for the influence the Brits haveon pop music in this newly-produced program by the Houston Symphony.

Past 2013-14 YPB Season Concerts

Luck be a Lady
Starring Megan Hilty from NBC's Smash
Friday, November 15, 2013, 8pm
Steve Reineke, conductor
Megan Hilty, vocalist
Aaron Lazar, vocalist

Time Magazine calls her "the new princess of Broadway."  Megan Hilty, the multi-talented star of NBC's Smash and Broadway musicals Wicked and 9 to 5, will pay special tribute to the tunes made famous by stars like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Dolly Parton. 

The Planets and The Earth – An HD Odyssey 
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8 pm
Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus
    Charles Hausmann,
The Earth – An HD Odyssey 
 Short Ride in a Fast Machine
   R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
The Planets – An HD Odyssey
 The Planets

In this unprecedented multimedia event, the Houston Symphony will perform a back-to-back lineup of the first two installments in the HD Odyssey series – The Planets and The Earth (formerly Orbit).  Experience the Houston Symphony's new Music Director Designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada in action!

The YPB 3-concert Subscription includes these three concerts, a pre-concert YPB mixer on the Mezzanine level of Jones Hall and a post-concert After Party with free drinks and tasty bites!

YPB Subscriber Benefits

YPB subscribers get the best value! Our specially priced 3-, 6- or 9-concert packages start at only $126 and already include the $75 membership fee and benefits. That's like getting 3 concerts and all the added benefits for just $42 per concert!

  • Low price - Save more than 40% on tickets and get a 20% discount on single tickets to additional concerts.

  • FREE drink - We’ll give you one free pre-concert drink at Jones Hall for each of the concerts in your subscription package.

  • Networking opportunities - Through partnerships with other arts organizations and volunteer activities, YPB is the perfect place to grow your professional circle.

  • FREE parking and exchange privileges - If you purchase a 9-concert subscription, you’re eligible to receive free parking and can exchange your tickets to another performance for free!

  • Up-close contact with Houston Symphony - You’ll have the chance to meet Symphony musicians, and can purchase discounted tickets to social events like the Houston Symphony Ball and After Party.

  • Excludes Symphony Specials and is limited to availability

YPB Subscription Prices for 2014-2015
3-concert Base Package     $126
Includes subscriber benefits, 3 official YPB concerts + After Parties

6-concert Package     $204
Includes the base package plus 3 additional Thursday/Friday night concerts of your choice! 

9-concert Package     $261
Includes the base packages plus 6 additional Thursday/Friday night
concerts of your choice, PLUS free parking and free exchange privileges

To purchase the YPB ticket package, call (713) 224-7575, Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Don't want a subscription? YPB Membership Benefits

Membership in YPB is $75 annually. YPB non-subscriber members can:

  • Attend events free, including lectures, happy hours, open rehearsals and the pre-concert mixer at official YPB concerts
  • Purchase single tickets to official YPB concert events for $25 each, which include a post-concert after party with free drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Purchase single tickets at a 20% discount

Call (713) 224-7575 Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you’d like to become more involved with YPB, we’re always looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers to help during our events and throughout the season. For more information about opportunities available, please contact Georgia McBride at


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12-13 Season Kickoff Party
YPB's All Keyed Up!
YPB's MAMBO! West Side Story Concert + Afterparty
YPB's MozART + Mixers!