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From Clay Aiken love fever to Tony Bennett power: Houston Symphony stocks up on celeb singers

From Clay Aiken love fever to Tony Bennett power: Houston Symphony stocks up on celeb singers

Two big boys of soul who are seldom (if ever) linked together, Clay Aiken and Tony Bennett, are slated to land at the Houston Symphony in 2011.

Fans of classic tunes from the 1950s and 1960s will relish Aiken's personal renditions of his favorite songs from the era, featured on his fifth studio album and showcased on his "Tried and True" United States tour. The slew of live mid-century love songs couldn't be better timed, as the former American Idol runner-up will serenade his audience at Jones Hall on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

Two months later, the 15-time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett will gift his golden voice to fans of his six-decades-in-the-making songbook. The American icon will touch down at Jones on April 26.

Could the dynamic duo's performances cause an uptick in Houston Symphony subscriptions? Subscribers get access to an exclusive ticket pre-sale on Monday and the Symphony's offering a deal to try and tap into the fever. Patrons who purchase a subscription and a ticket to either the Clay Aiken or Tony Bennett concert will receive a 10-percent discount on their subscription package.

We're not going to say that Aiken and Bennett make for strange Symphony bedfellows — that's your decision.

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