February 18, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
CLARINETIST DAVE BENNETT LEADS SEXTET IN BENNY GOODMAN TRIBUTE CONCERT
Feb. 26-28, 2016
HOUSTON (February 18, 2016) – The Houston Symphony will salute the King of Swing and the soaring sounds of the Big Band era in The Best of Benny Goodman at 8 p.m. February 26-27 and 7:30 p.m. February 28.
The orchestra, under the direction of Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski, will be joined by The Dave Bennett Sextet. Led by clarinetist Dave Bennett, the ensemble also includes vocals, piano, bass, drums and guitar, and will pay tribute to Goodman with vibrant interpretations of his classics, including “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Let’s Dance” and “These Foolish Things.”
Krajewski, who has collaborated with Bennett previously, said, “Dave’s extraordinary recreation of the sound and artistry of Benny Goodman brings the swing era back to life in all its splendor.”
A self-taught musician, Bennett found his style by listening to Goodman’s records. He began playing the clarinet at age 10 and is now known for his precise technique and authentic imitation inspired by Goodman’s original style. Since developing his Benny Goodman tribute show, he has brought the program to the stages of 50 American and Canadian orchestras, including Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville and Portland.
The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.No late seating will be allowed during the performance.
THE BEST OF BENNY GOODMAN
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Dave Bennett, clarinet
The Dave Bennett Sextet
Friday,February 26, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets from $25
ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
Vanessa Astros: (713) 337-8560,
Lorena Cozzari: (713) 337-8548,
Kristen Bennett: (713) 337-8557,