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September 1, 2015



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HOUSTON SYMPHONY KICKS OFF 2015-16 POPS SEASON WITH A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

Finnish vocal sextet Rajaton will join the orchestra to bring to life the groups’ astounding hits and songs from the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album 

HOUSTON (June 2, 2015)—The Houston Symphony will begin its much-anticipated 2015-16 BBVA Compass POPS Season with a tribute to the legendary rock group The Beatles with performances on September 4, 5 and 6, led by Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski.

The all-out Beatles celebration will take place at Jones Hall 50 years after Beatlemania first arrived in Houston when the group performed at the Sam Houston Coliseum in the summer of 1965. The first half of the program will feature the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, which is ranked no. 1 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The second half will be dedicated to the Beatles biggest career hits, including “Let It Be,” “All You Need Is Love” and “Eleanor Rigby.”

Joining the orchestra will be Finnish vocal sextet Rajaton (pronounced Rah-yah-tann), a pop phenomenon in their native Finland known for successfully bridging the gap between classical and mainstream music. The six-voice a cappella ensemble performs around 100 concerts a year and has produced 14 albums in its time together. They are known for their excellent vocal blending and ability to perform a diverse array of genres and repertoire.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

Music of the Beatles
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Rajaton, vocalists
Friday, September 4, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 5, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets starting at $25

About Rajaton

The Finnish word Rajaton translates as "boundless"—a word that accurately describes the way this six-voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around 100 concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes its audiences to the diversity of repertoire, singing style and stage presentation that have made the singers a phenomenon on the world stage.

Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, these musicians approach all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience they could not inspire, or a type of music they could not make their own. Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon in Finland, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention.

Rajaton has released 14 albums; the latest is a children's album, Kaksi Astetta (2° with Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto), released in 2014. The last four were released through the group's own record label, Boundless Records. In summer 2015, Rajaton celebrated 18 years of music-making. The group’s success was evident with its collection of one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland, as well as worldwide record sales drawing more than 400,000 copies.

Ever seeking new artistic challenges, the group has grown immeasurably through collaborations with other a cappella artists, including The King’s Singers and The Real Group, as well as productions with film directors and choreographers. But it is perhaps the singers’ deep passion for choral art, their generosity of spirit and their sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere.

About the Houston Symphony

During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 330,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.

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