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A Seinfeld star, a funny girl and Broadway power make this Symphony season full of POPS

By Joel Luks

Those who prefer a sprinkle of pizzazz in their orchestral music will want to take note of the Houston Symphony's just released Cynthia Woods Mitchell POPS at Jones Hall 2014-15 season, a nine- ...


Texas Music Festival Concert

Classical music striptease? Rare instrument conjures spirit of naughty girl in festival closer

By Joel Luks

It's not uncommon for musically-inclined boys and girls to grow up wanting to play classical instruments like the violin, piano or flute. But who the heck thinks, "Hey mom and dad, I ...


Houston Heights Orchestra Spring Concert "Mozart & Tchaikovsky"

Join the Houston Heights Orchestra for the first concert of the season. On the program are Dukas' Fanfare from La Peri, Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet in A featuring principal cla


Student Power

As big as the Lone Star State: The Texas Music Festival's new lineup is . . .

By Joel Luks

While many of the city's art presenters go into summer hibernation mode, another tuneful bacchanal is preparing to bubble with zestful energy on June 4 to 29. The 24th annual Immanuel and H ...


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Teaching young musicians: Youth Symphony changes futures — for 65 years and counting

By Joel Luks

"Again, one more time," requests Michael Webster. While coaching the trumpet section to nail a fanfare call in Mars from Gustav Holst's The Planets, Webster, the artisti ...


Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra Concert

Music director Larry Rachleff leads a program including Fauré's Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 and Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, "Haff


Houston Youth Symphony 65th Anniversary Celebration Concert

The Anniversary Concert program is highlighted by Beethoven's Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80. Popularly known as the Choral Fantasy, it was written in 1808 to suppl


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Feast your ears: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's 2012-13 season entices with fresh fiddlers and new conductors

By Joel Luks

There's something about oboists, a je ne sais quoi, perhaps brought on because they are the center of musical attention at the beginning of every orchestra concert — everyone tunes to the ...


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An equal opportunity showpiece: Everyone's a soloist in virtuosic Texas Music Festival finale

By Joel Luks

It's often said that the job of an orchestra is to play as one — it's not a democracy, but a dictatorship with the maestro at the helm. The conductor "plays" one living ...


The Review is In

A Texas Music Festival showcase worthy of German masters: No flash trash in Xiao Wang's Sibelius

By Joel Luks

It's a rare occasion when I think of Bach while listening to Finnish classical music, but just as Xiao Wang ripped through the arpeggiated cadenza of the first movement of the Sibelius Violin C ...


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