The Houston Symphony has announced its 2018-19 schedule, and it promises to be a sprawling, prolific showcase of classic, pop culture, and kid-friendly performances and events.
The full season and its respective performances can be found online, and in perusing the season, we found several events that promise a refreshing example of what the Houston Symphony can offer those who aren't fans of traditional classical music.
In what's become an annual must-attend event of the season, the Houston Symphony’s Opening Night Concert welcomes debuting conductor Gustavo Gimeno (September 8), in a program featuring music by Ravel, Barber, and Prokofiev. Joining Gimeno and the orchestra is international pianist Yuja Wang, who will perform Ravel’s virtuosic "Concerto for the Left Hand."
The evening will begin with a champagne reception at The Corinthian, followed by the Opening Night Concert at Jones Hall. Following the concert, the celebration will continue at The Corinthian with dinner by Jackson and Company, plus entertainment.
Soundtracks add vibrance and memorable moments to movies, as patrons will find with a series of Symphony performances paired with film projections on the big screen. Cinephiles can look for Star Wars: A New Hope—In Concert (March 22 -24), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™—In Concert (June 15-17), Apollo 13—Film with Live Orchestra (July 21), and the holiday classic Home Alone—Film with Live Orchestra (December 15).
A real wake-me-up
Fans of late pop star George Michael won’t want to miss the tribute, The Music of George Michael (July 14). Expect renditions of hits such as “Faith” and “Careless Whisper,” to “One More Try” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”
A Houston holiday classic that’s as beloved as The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah promises to get you into the seasonal spirit, courtesy of Baroque music specialist Jane Glover (December 21-23, 2018).
Season tickets for the 2018-19 season, including the Classical, POPS and BBVA Compass Family Series, are on sale now. For more information, visit the Houston Symphony or call 713-224-7575.