October 5, 2016
LOCAL STUDENT CHORUS AND SPRING BRANCH ISD TEACHER PERFORM IN FIRST FAMILY CONCERT OF THE SEASON
Oct. 15, 2016
HOUSTON (Oct. 5, 2016) – The Houston Symphony’s Family Series returns to Jones Hall at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 15, just in time for Halloween. Led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz, the program will take audiences on A Magic Carpet Ride featuring music from Aladdin, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”
The orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade as Edgewood Elementary School music teacher Hope Shiver narrates the tale. Shiver, who has graced stages in Egypt, France and Iceland, has a longstanding relationship with the Houston Symphony, having sung selected compositions and narrated various children’s stories, including Peter and the Wolf (in Spanish and English) Babar the Elephant, and Scheherazade several times over the past two decades. Based on the tale of One Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade evokes a sense of thrilling fairy-tale adventure.
The orchestra and Shiver will also be joined by the Langham Creek High School A Capella Choir, under the direction of Christopher Fiorini. The A Cappella Choir is the premier varsity mixed choir of Langham Creek High School and is comprised of 68 students who have auditioned and earned membership in the ensemble.
Concertgoers are encouraged to dress up for the concert in Aladdin-inspired costumes. 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.
A MAGIC CARPET RIDE
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 10 & 11:30 a.m.
Robert Franz, conductor
Langham Creek High School A Cappella Choir
Christopher Fiorini, Director
Hope Shiver, storyteller
Tickets from $22
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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