POPS Season

THE 2012-2013

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  Sixties Hits with The Midtown Men
August 31, September 1, 2, 2012
Michael Krajewski, conductor
4 stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys
These four accomplished Broadway stars known as The Midtown Men are Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer. They join Mike and the orchestra for a concert you won’t want to miss with hits from the 1960s like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and other record breakers from phenomenal ‘60s artists.


  Wicked Divas
October 5, 6, 7, 2012
Steven Reineke, conductor
Nicole Parker, vocalist
Alli Mauzey, vocalist
Two Wicked stars join forces to celebrate great women of the stage and screen. Broadway divas Nicole Parker and Alli Mauzey will grace the Jones Hall stage for a performance packed with powerhouse songs from Wicked, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Titanic and other popular songs from Broadway, film and Grammy-winning artists.


Bond and Beyond:
50 Years of James Bond
November 23, 24, 25, 2012
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Celebrate 50 years of James Bond with the Houston Symphony.
Enjoy memorable musical moments from the longest and most successful film series ever. The orchestra will shine as they perform the theme music that made James Bond, Dick Tracy and Inspector Clouseau famous secret agents. Tony Award-winning vocalist Debbie Gravitte joins the orchestra to sing title songs “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “The
World Is Not Enough” and more.


Very Merry Pops
with Ashley Brown
December 14, 15, 16, 2012
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Ashley Brown, vocalist
Houston Symphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann, director
One of Houston's beloved holiday musical traditions, this year’s concert features Broadway star Ashley Brown. The entire family will enjoy thrilling new versions of favorite holiday classics.


What a Wonderful World:
The Best of Louis Armstrong
January 18, 19, 20, 2013
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Hear renowned trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling perform your
Enjoy the sounds of Satchmo with an evening dedicated to the great Louis Armstrong. Trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling will join Mike and the orchestra for classics such as ‚ÄúSt. Louis Blues,” “Ain’t Misbehavin‚” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”


Songs of Simon and Garfunkel
February 22, 23, 24, 2013
Michael Krajewski, conductor
AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle have been performing a remarkable tribute to the iconic duo Simon and Garfunkel to sold-out audiences for over a decade. Now hear them perform “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Mrs. Robinson” with your Houston Symphony.


  West Side Story
Film with Live Orchestra
March 22, 23, 24, 2013
Steven Reineke, conductor
Join us as the Houston Symphony performs Leonard Bernstein’s complete, electrifying score live while the remastered film is shown in hi-definition on the big screen with the original vocals and dialogue intact. Winner of 10 Academy Awards, the film, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, features Robbins’s choreography, screenplay by Ernest Lehman, book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.


Cavanaugh Sings Elton John & More
April 19, 20, 21, 2013
Robert Franz, conductor
Michael Cavanaugh returns to Houston. Back by popular demand, pianist and singer Michael Cavanaugh of Broadway fame performs songs from Elton John and other classic hits from bands such as Journey, Chicago, the Eagles and Styx.


  Pink Martini
May 24, 25, 26, 2013
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Mike closes the season with a much-anticipated visit from Pink Martini.  The group returns to Jones Hall with popular favorites like “Brazil” and “Amado Mio” while injecting new songs bound to become mainstays of their eclectic repertoire.



Smokey Robinson
February 1, 2013, 7:30 pm
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Smokey Robinson, vocalist
Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over four decades of hits. With numerous awards, including the Grammy Living Legend Award, the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States, induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, this will be a legendary concert that should not be missed!


The Chieftains: 50th Anniversary Tour
February 15, 2013, 7:30 pm
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains triumphantly return to Jones Hall. They will be joined by the famous dancing Pilatzke Brothers as they perform “The Galician Overture” the hilarious send-up “Planxty Mozart” the title song from their most celebrated album, “Long Journey Home” and more.


Disney in Concert
Magical Music from the Movies
March 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
Robert Franz, conductor
Every new generation has a favorite Disney movie, whether it’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Aladdin or The Lion King. Be enchanted by the music and stunning visuals of these Disney masterpieces and more. Robert Franz and the orchestra will be joined by four leading vocalists who will perform the songs of your favorite princes and princesses.


Pirates of the Caribbean
May 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
TBA, conductor
Men of Houston Symphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann, director
A one of a kind film screening concert experience will take you for an adventure on the high seas! The performance features the 2003 smash hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, with musical score performed live by the Houston Symphony. Experience this blockbuster as you never have before.

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Non-Theatrical © Disney

Dates, artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. All
concerts are at Jones Hall unless otherwise noted.