March 16, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
BROADWAY AND TELEVISION STAR MATTHEW MORRISON JOINS HOUSTON SYMPHONY TO PERFORM STAGE & SONGBOOK FAVORITES
March 24-26, 2016
HOUSTON (March 16, 2016) – Tony®, Emmy® and two-time Golden Globe®-nominee Matthew Morrison will join the Houston Symphony in a spectacular performance of Broadway hits and crooner classics at 8 p.m. March 24-26.
The multi-talented star will perform a medley of songs from his Broadway career including Finding Neverland, South Pacific, Hairspray and The Light in the Piazza, for which he received a Tony® award nomination. Other songs on the program include 20th century songbook favorites “Come Fly With Me” and Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” as well as songs from his two albums.
Led by Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, the orchestra will also be joined by pianist Brad Ellis, known by fans of the hit TV show Glee as the quiet piano teacher and accompanist for the high school students. Ellis is a star in his own right; he is a composer, musical director, singer and jazz pianist who has arranged music for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and composed for many television shows and films, including Gilmore Girls.
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.
ABOUT MATTHEW MORRISON
Matthew Morrison is a versatile actor who is recognized for his work onstage and on-screen. He has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.
Morrison currently stars as J.M. Barrie in the Harvey Weinstein musical Finding Neverland. The Broadway production is an adaptation of the 2004 film written by David Magee. The story follows the relationship between Barrie and the Davies family, who became the author’s inspiration for the creation of Peter Pan.
In 2015, Morrison wrapped the final season of Fox’s musical comedy series Glee, where he starred as Mr. Schuester, the director of the Glee Club. The show was created by Ryan Murphy and received the Golden Globe award for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 2010 and 2011.
Morrison was the first artist signed to Adam Levine’s record label, 222 Records, where he released his Broadway standards album, Where it All Began, in June 2013.
In 2012, Morrison starred in the Lionsgate film, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which was based on the book of the same name, directed by Kirk Jones. The film also starred Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid, among others. Morrison played a famous dance show star who is faced with the unexpected demands of fatherhood. The film was released May 18, 2012.
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.
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