BBVA Compass POPS Series



Let us Entertain You

Described by the Huffington Post as “charming” and an “amazing collaborator” with musicians, Steven Reineke joins the orchestra as its new Principal POPS Conductor. Also a talented composer and arranger, Steven is known for partnering with high-profile talent from the stage and screen. In true Steven fashion, he’s bringing his musicianship and energetic approach to each concert weekend—as well as his friends like Broadway’s Betsy Wolfe and Grammy Award®-winning Chris Botti. Our BBVA Compass POPS Series represents the best in entertainment and is the perfect night out to share with family and friends. Whether we are saluting legends like Ella or Elvis, or revisiting the cinematic achievement of Disney Fantasia, the 2017-18 Season boasts a thrilling, multigenerational lineup. So sit back—or get up on your feet—and let us entertain you.


From securing the best seats to receiving up to 10% off the price of single tickets, there is no better way to experience the thrill of live orchestral music. 

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We're excited to have you join us as a subscriber this season. Please take some time to learn about our many subscription package options. Please feel free to contact our Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575, Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

 

1 | ELLA AT 100

SEPTEMBER 1, 2 & 3, 2017
Steven Reineke, conductor
Montego Glover, vocalist
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
N'Kenge, vocalist

We’re kicking off Steven’s Inaugural Season with a program to celebrate one of his all-time favorite artists, Ella Fitzgerald. In honor of her 100th birthday, Steven has lined up three formidable vocal powerhouses. Together, Montego Glover (Tony® nominee), Capathia Jenkins and N’Kenge are delivering music that the world has come to cherish, such as “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Summertime.”

2 | TOTALLY '80s

 

OCTOBER 6, 7 & 8, 2017
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Aaron Finley, vocalist
Nicole Parker
, vocalist

The Houston Symphony is going all out—for Totally ’80s! We’re delivering hit after hit, and highlighting the sounds of a decade influenced by soft rock, unforgettable dance beats and glam metal. Vocalists Nicole Parker and Aaron Finley join guest conductor Stuart Chafetz to perform nostalgic favorites including Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”; the Billboard chart-topper “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper; Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”; Sting’s “Every Breath You Take”; an Elton John medley, and a nod to great ‘80s movies such as E.T., Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

3 | BROADWAY TODAY
     From Les Misérables to The Book of Mormon

 

NOVEMBER 10, 11 & 12, 2017
Steven Reineke, conductor
Betsy Wolfe, vocalist

Join us for an exciting program of Broadway Today with the incredible Betsy Wolfe (Broadway’s Waitress, Falsettos). She is helping us celebrate the best of the Great White Way, with songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Once, Chicago, The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables and the showstopper “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret.

Margaret Alkek Williams, Underwriter

4 | VERY MERRY POPS WITH MEGAN HILTY

 

DECEMBER 1, 2 & 3, 2017
Steven Reineke, conductor
Megan Hilty, vocalist
Houston Symphony Chorus
   Betsy Cook Weber, director

We’re thrilled to welcome back the multi-talented Megan Hilty (NBC’s Smash; Broadway’s Wicked) to our annual Very Merry Pops extravaganza. Join Megan, Steven, the orchestra and chorus for a weekend packed with holiday classics, including special arrangements of songs from Megan’s new holiday album, A Merry Little Christmas. Enjoy favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Baby” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” We’re also highlighting some of Steven’s fantastic arrangements like “Jingle Bell Rock.”

5 | DISNEY FANTASIA—FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

 

JANUARY 5, 6 & 7, 2018
Steven Reineke
, conductor

The Houston Symphony proudly presents selections from Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, shown on the big screen, with live score. A crowning achievement in the history of animation, the film is an imaginative celebration of great orchestral music, with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s The Firebird and, of course, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Join the Houston Symphony on a fantastical journey as we explore the magic of Disney.

NOTE: Sunday performance will be at 2:30 pm

General and Mrs. Maurice Hirsch Memorial Concert Fund, Guarantor

Margaret Alkek Williams, Underwriter 

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All Rights Reserved

6 | THE OSCARS®: BEST ORIGINAL SONGS 

 

MARCH 1, 2 & 3, 2018
Steven Reineke, conductor
Ashley Brown, vocalist
Ryan Silverman, vocalist

The 90th Annual Academy Awards® is March 4, and to celebrate, Steven has assembled some of the Oscars’® best original songs for a stunning, star-studded evening. Our program includes over 80 years of cinematic sounds, including “Over the Rainbow” (1939); “Moon River” (1962); “The Way We Were” (1973); “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987); “Beauty and the Beast” (1991); “My Heart Will Go On,” (1997); “Skyfall” (2012) and “Let it Go” (2013). We’re also featuring award-winning film scores from composers John Williams, Erich Korngold and Ennio Morricone.

NOTE: Sunday subscribers attend Thursday, March 1 performance

7 | CHRIS BOTTI RETURNS

 

MARCH 24 & 25, 2018
Steven Reineke, conductor
Chris Botti, trumpet

Grammy Award®-winning Chris Botti, who “has a trumpet sound that suggests the softer side of luminosity” (The New York Times), returns to the Houston Symphony to share the stage with his electrifying band members, the orchestra and one of his favorite conductors, our very own Steven Reineke. Botti, who is one of the most celebrated contemporary musicians today, delivers a night of exquisite music.

NOTE: Friday subscribers attend Sunday, March 25 2:30 pm matinee performance

8 | THE ELVIS PRESLEY SONGBOOK

 

APRIL 20, 21, 22, 2018
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Dave Bennett, clarinet, piano, vocalist
Allison Blackwell, vocalist

Michael Krajewski steps back onto the podium to help us honor the King of Rock & Roll, along with returning clarinetist-guitarist-pianist Dave Bennett (last seen in A Tribute to Benny Goodman) and Allison Blackwell (Disney’s The Lion King). Elvis’ music is undoubtedly timeless, and this program reflects not only his enormous popularity, but his incredible artistry and musicianship. Enjoy fully orchestrated arrangements of songs such as “Burning Love,” “Always on My Mind,” “Love Me Tender,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and many more Elvis hits.

9 | ONE-HIT WONDERS

 

MAY 25, 26 & 27, 2018
Steven Reineke, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist

You know them. You love them. But you have no idea who sang them. Our final program of the season showcases those familiar songs—“Come on Eileen,” “Forever Young,” “She’s So High,” “Walking in Memphis, “Take on Me,” “Closing Time”—from artists of the past century who disappeared, but nonetheless left a mark on radio air play and in our hearts. The show-stopping Storm Large from U.K. Rocks and Pink Martini helps us remember what made these hits so much fun.

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