November 16, 2016
STARS OF DISNEY'S FROZEN AND BROADWAY'S CINDERELLA MAKE HOUSTON SYMPHONY DEBUT IN HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT
Dec. 2-4, 2016
HOUSTON (Nov. 16, 2016) – The Houston Symphony is decking the halls and adding star power to its annual Very Merry Pops concert with the debuts of Broadway and screen stars Santino and Jessica Fontana Dec. 2-4. Santino is best known for voicing Prince Hans in Disney’s animated feature Frozen and Jessica is known for her role as Cinderella on Broadway. The newlyweds will join the orchestra and Houston Symphony Chorus to sing holiday classics, including “Let It Snow!” “Silver Bells” and “O Holy Night,” during the program.
Tony-nominated Santino recently appeared in Universal Studio’s “Sisters” as Mr. Geernt, starring opposite Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. He currently appears on The CW’s hour-long musical comedy series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and the NBC police drama “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez. In addition to Cinderella, Jessica’s stage credits include Baby It’s You, Pipe Dream and Once Upon a Mattress.
For the first time this year, the festive program will be led by Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, who happens to have a personal friendship with the New York-based vocalists. Reineke will take the reins of the POPS Season in 2017-18 when Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski steps down after 17 years of service.
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.
VERY MERRY POPS
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Steven Reineke, conductor
Santino Fontana, vocalist
Jessica Fontana, vocalist
Houston Symphony Chorus
Betsy Cook Weber, director
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 $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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