April 12, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER SERIES AT JONES HALL
The Music of David Bowie honors the unparalleled sounds of the late rock icon
The Houston Symphony commemorates the 35th anniversary of the worldwide phenomenon “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY brings the famed video game to life in an orchestral spectacle
Funnyman Seth MacFarlane makes Houston Symphony debut with mix of big band classics and comedy
HOUSTON (April 12, 2016) – The Houston Symphony announces the full lineup for its Summer Concert Series at Jones Hall. Tickets for the Summer Concert Series, which begins mid-June, are now on sale to the general public.
Vocalist Brody Dolyniuk will lend his talents to an electrifying Summer Concert Series opener June 11 with The Music of David Bowie. The program will be led by guest conductor Brent Havens and will feature the orchestra and a full, amplified rock band in tribute to the late rock legend’s unforgettable sounds. Celebrating a career that spanned five decades and an estimated 140 million albums sold worldwide, the program will feature Bowie’s groundbreaking songs like “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” and more.
Continuing the Summer Concert Series at Jones Hall July 1-2, the Houston Symphony upholds its tradition of screening films with live orchestra. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Film with Live Orchestra, celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning Indiana Jones series created by iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg in 1981. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, the entirety of John Williams’ score for this classic film will be performed live as the audience watches the film on a large screen above the stage.
For those with 1960s “Motown Sound” nostalgia, the soulful sounds of The Men of Motown will capture the class, style, choreography and harmonies of songs like “Get Ready,” “I’ll Be There,” and “My Girl,” as well as medleys celebrating The Four Seasons and The Righteous Brothers. Guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II will lead the Symphony and Las Vegas-based rhythm and blues vocal quartet Spectrum, in a one-night-only performance of the emblematic “Motown Sound” July 16.
Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth will join the orchestra for the Houston presentation of the global concert tour Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY which features music from respected Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu. Novice and expert orchestral music fans will experience music from every single video game of the series in this two-hour long concert while FINAL FANTASY video and art stills are projected onto screens. Members of the Houston Symphony Chorus will accompany the orchestra in this exclusive concert July 23.
Classic rock lives on with The Music of Queen in a tribute to the band’s epic, multipart songs during the Classic Rock Weekend Sept. 3. Guest conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band will join the Houston Symphony to capture the spirit of Freddy Mercury and his bandmates with a dazzling performance of hit songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
The Summer Concert Series at Jones Hall concludes Sept. 4 with the highly-anticipated Houston Symphony debut of Emmy-winning actor, Grammy-nominated singer and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane. Performing lush swing-style gems from the 40s and 50s as well as selections from the Great American Songbook, MacFarlane combines his suave singing talents with his love of big band in a performance that will bring an entertaining mix of comedy and music. Leading the orchestra will be Joel McNeely, a longtime collaborator of MacFarlane.
All concerts 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 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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