Houston Symphony's New Season

From Mozart to MacFarlane, Houston Symphony's new season has something for everyone

From Mozart to MacFarlane: Houston Symphony's eclectic new season

Seth MacFarlane, Academy Awards, February 2013
Seth MacFarlane, who hosted the 2013 Oscars, will appear with the Houston Symphony on Labor Day weekend, singing swing hits of the '40s and '50s. Photo by Mark Davis/Wire Image
Andres Orozco-Estrada
Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada will mark his third season with the Houston Symphony. Photo by Werner Kmetitsch
Pink Martini
Pink Martini plays with the Houston POPS this season. Courtesy photo
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma appears with the Houston Symphony in February 2017 for Dvorak's Cello Concerto. Courtesy photo
Andrea Bocelli, concert, November 2012
Andrea Bocelli, shown her at a 2012 Houston concert, returns to the Toyota Center on December 11 with the Houston Symphony. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Symphony with conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada
The Houston Symphony's 2016-17 season offers something for everyone. Photo courtesy of Houston Symphony
Linda Eder
Linda Eder performs with the Houston POPS. Photo courtesy of Houston Symphony
Hans Graf Houston Symphony final concert May 2013
Former Houston Symphony conductor Hans Graf returns as a guest conductor this season. Photo by © Bruce Bennett
Seth MacFarlane, Academy Awards, February 2013
Andres Orozco-Estrada
Pink Martini
Yo-Yo Ma
Andrea Bocelli, concert, November 2012
Houston Symphony with conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada
Linda Eder
Hans Graf Houston Symphony final concert May 2013

The Houston Symphony's upcoming season offers something for just about everyone, with a salute to living composers, an all-Mozart program on Thanksgiving weekend and collaborations with a wide range of celebrity figures, including superstar singer Andrea Bocelli, funnyman Seth McFarlane and acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The 2016-17 season was unveiled Monday night at Jones Hall before an audience of symphony supporters. The event will be broadcast on Houston Public Media TV 8 on Friday (January 29) at 8:30 pm.

Among the highlights:

Opening Night

In his third year as Houston Symphony conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada opens the season with a performance of Prokofiev’s enduring classic, Peter and the Wolf, on September 17, 2016, featuring a celebrity guest narrator, at Jones Hall. A gala will follow at The Corinthian.

Salute to John Adams

As part of a salute to living composers, John Adams’ 70th birthday will be celebrated in two different programs in early 2017: Doctor Atomic Symphony, a work inspired by Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, and Adams' Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, featuring native Houstonian Timothy McAllister, who inspired the work.  

World Premiere

Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Requiem, a multicultural work that interweaves traditional Latin and Meso-American texts with new text by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, will have its world premiere in May 2017.

Great Masterworks

The classical season, over 18 concert weekends, will include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and the completion of the three-season Beethoven cycle of all nine symphonies featuring the composer’s Sixth and Seventh Symphonies as well as Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio.

Yo Yo Ma Returns

Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns for Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a powerful masterpiece written during the time Dvořák spent in America, on February 4, 2017.

Former Conductors Are Back, Too

Former Houston Symphony music directors Hans Graf and Christoph Eschenbach are among the season's guest conductors, along with Fabien Gabel, James Gaffigan, Vasily Petrenko and Kazuki Yamada.

Seth MacFarlane Performs

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane makes his debut with the Houston Symphony on Labor Day weekend (September 4), singing hidden gems of the 1940s and 1950s swing era, along with selections from the Great American Songbook

Raiders of the Lost Ark Live!

The Symphony’s Summer Series at Jones Hall celebrates the classic film’s 35th anniversary when the Houston Symphony performs John Williams’ score in its entirety as fans watch the epic film on the big screen. 

POPs Season Highlights

Principal POPS conductor Michael Krajewski takes up the baton for his final season with a lineup that includes Broadway vocalist Linda Eder, Pink Martini, 50 years of music from James Bond films, and a "Classic Broadway" celebration featuring the music of composers Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter and George Gershwin during Krajewski's final weekend with the POPs orchestra.

Family Stuff

The symphony family series includes a "Magic Carpet Ride,” with music from Disney’s Aladdin, a jazz“Mardi Gras Menagerie” and  “Dr. Seuss at the Symphony,” spotlighting music from Green Eggs and Ham.

For more information on the full season, visit www.houstonsymphony.org.