November 10, 2016
HOUSTON SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN POPS SEASON: R&B HITMAKERS REPLACE STEVIE WONDER TRIBUTE
Feb. 17-19, 2017
HOUSTON (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Houston Symphony has announced a program change in its POPS Season: A Salute to Stevie Wonder, originally scheduled for Feb. 17-19, 2017, will be replaced with a brand new concert, R&B Hitmakers. The new program will remain at the originally scheduled dates and times.
The change comes as a result of a schedule conflict with guest artist Joshua Henry, the lead vocalist for the original program. Henry was recently cast as Aaron Burr in the national tour of “Hamilton” – the sold-out, groundbreaking musical and winner of 11 Tony Awards – which conflicts with his scheduled appearance in Houston.
R&B Hitmakers will feature guest soul singers N’Kenge Pacurar and Ryan Shaw and will pay tribute to the best of Motown legends like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, as well as hits made popular by R&B entertainers Prince, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson and Aloe Blacc.
The Houston Symphony Patron Services Center will honor existing tickets, which will remain valid for February 17-19, 2017. For questions related to this programming change, please contact Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575. The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center at Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.
Friday, February 17, 2017, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Steven Reineke, conductor
N’Kenge Pacurar, vocalist
Ryan Shaw, vocalist
Tickets from $25
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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 $33.9 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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