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Symphony Santa

Instrument petting zoo makes for a magical day in swanky River Oaks club — and the kids agree

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Symphony Magical Musical Morning. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: More than 400 guests, most of them festively-dressed youngsters, joined the Houston Symphony League ...

Party Watch

Tea time in a River Oaks manse hauls in a tidy profit, helps future musicians

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society membership tea. Where: The River Oaks home of Mary and Tony Gracely. The 411: Part membership tea, part fundraiser, this event dre ...

Shelby's Social Diary

Standing ovations galore: Houston Symphony's new maestro charms a red carpet crowd on opening night

By Shelby Hodge

As if the rounds of standing ovations in Jones Hall were not enough to convince Andrés Orozco-Estrada that the welcome mat was out for the Houston Symphony's new music director, the ...

Concert Celebration

German orchestra plans Houston concert to celebrate 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

By Ellen Goodacre

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra of Germany has chosen Houston to kick off its U.S. tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Former Secretary of State ...

A remarkable year of music

Symphony needs you: Contribute to a record-breaking fund for dazzling music for years to come

By Promoted Series Correspondent

What a dazzling year it has been for the Houston Symphony, a year that sounded the city's premier classical ensemble's centennial milestone, a year that redefined the orchestra's critic ...

A $2.6 Million Party

A $2.6 million party: Symphony's 100th transforms Jones Hall into an elegant supper club with Glee power

By Shelby Hodge

With a white-tie coterie of Houston who's who, a scrumptious musical performance and a tally of $2.6 million, the Houston Symphony's Centennial Ball, held Saturday night, was inde ...

Sweet Music

Smooth sailing at Symphony: Musicians agree to new contract with no drama, minimum salary to hit $97,240

By Clifford Pugh

The last time the Houston Symphony and its musicians agreed to a new contract in 2010, it happened only days before the previous one was scheduled to run out and Houston Symphony executive dir ...

Shelby's Social Diary

A century of making beautiful music is unveiled in Houston Symphony photo exhibition

By Shelby Hodge

With Saks Fifth Avenue as the backdrop for a swank cocktail party, Houston Symphony executive director and CEO Mark Hanson launched the series of events surrounding the symphony's 100th anniver ...

Shelby's Social Diary

The Cristal flows easy as a black-tie crowd toasts 100 years of the Houston Symphony

By Shelby Hodge

With Spec's proprietors Lindy and John Rydman and their daughter, Lisa Rydman, at the helm of the Houston Symphony "Centennial Wine Dinner & Collector's Auction," one would ex ...

Do the Moon Walk

Space jam: Young professionals enjoy a cosmic party that's all Symphony

By Joel Luks

How can one turn down a back-to-back cosmic double feature? And we aren't talking about cheap sci-fi movies, folks. When the Houston Symphony paired both of its HD Odyssey multimedia specta ...

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