September 8, 2016
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER SIR BEN KINGSLEY JOINS HOUSTON SYMPHONY FOR OPENING NIGHT CONCERT
HOUSTON (Sept. 8, 2016) – The Houston Symphony will open its 103rd season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 2016, with an unforgettableperformance ofProkofiev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring the orchestra and Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley.
Led by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the tale of Peter and the Wolf, the story of an intrepid boy who helps his animal friends outfox a predator from the forest, will be brought to life by award-winning actor as he recounts the events accompanied by the orchestra. Each character in the story has a musical alter ego, with various instruments representing Peter’s animal pals.
Sir Ben is best-known for his titular role in the 1983 film, Gandhi, for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Actor. He has starred in television and film roles with memorable performances in Bugsy, Shutter Island, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, House of Sand and Fog and many more. Most recently, Kingsley voiced the panther Bagheera in Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book. Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 for his services to the British film industry.
The storytelling-themed Opening Night program also includes Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie and Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. 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 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third 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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