November 22, 2016
HOUSTON SYMPHONY TO SCREEN HOLIDAY CLASSIC "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" WITH LIVE ORCHESTRAL ACCOMPANIMENT
Dec. 9, 2016
HOUSTON (Nov. 22, 2016) – The Houston Symphony is bringing holiday cheer to movie buffs and fans of Frank Capra’s great American Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a screening of the film accompanied by the film’s score performed live by the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
The 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama tells the story of George Bailey (James Stewart), who has given up on his dreams to help others, and his journey alongside his guardian angel. The film will be projected on a giant screen while Dimitri Tiomkin’s heartwarming score and newly-restored music is performed live by the orchestra.
Joining the orchestra in the screening of the Christmas favorite with live soundtrack are members of the Houston Symphony Chorus directed by Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. The concert will be led by guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and The Royal Albert Hall.
Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor and musical theater, where he leads orchestras on Broadway. The 2016-17 season marks his seventh as music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, an extraordinary multi-day cultural arts event in South Florida. He was artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival, Oklahoma's premier music festival (2013-15). He also recently completed an eight-year tenure as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
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.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Member of the Houston Symphony Chorus
Betsy Cook Weber, director
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 $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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