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 2016-17 Season

CLASSICAL | January 27, 28 (8 p.m.) January 29 (2:30 p.m.)
GERSHWIN & RACHMANINOFF
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
OnStage Insights with Andrés*
Gershwin: An American in Paris
John Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
The brilliant young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin returns to Houston to perform Rachmaninoff’s ultra-Romantic Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also celebrates American music with Gershwin’s jazzy An American in Paris and John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony, a work inspired by Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.
*On-Stage Insights with Andrés features brief commentary about the music during the concert.

CLASSICAL | February 2, 3, 2017 (8 p.m.)
ANDRÉS CONDUCTS WEST SIDE STORY
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Robin Kesselman, double bass
Revueltas: Sensemayá
Koussevitzky: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
Piazzolla: Tangazo
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Andrés leads a program of music from the Americas, featuring Revueltas’ serpentine tone poem, Sensemayá and Piazzolla’s brooding Tangazo. Principal Double Bass Robin Kesselman also performs a virtuoso concerto by the legendary Serge Koussevitzky, while the raucous rhythms and gorgeous melodies of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story bring the program to a close. (Note: Due to Super Bowl activities, Saturday subscribers will attend on Friday and Sunday subscribers will attend on Thursday.)

SPECIAL | February 4, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
YO-YO MA
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Program to Include:
Dvorák: Cello Concerto
Andrés welcomes superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma back to the Houston Symphony for Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, a powerful masterpiece written during the time Dvorák spent in America. One of the world’s most beloved musicians, Yo-Yo Ma has entranced audiences since his performances for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy at age seven. After an epic solo concert at the 2015 BBC Proms, one reviewer reflected, “Without doubt, we were in the presence of a great musician, and a great man. “One to file in the concerts of a lifetime.” (BBC Music Magazine)

SPECIAL | February 9, 2017 (7:30 pm)
E.T.—FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Join us for a night of magic and imagination as the Houston Symphony brings you Steven Spielberg's cinematic masterpiece E.T. with John Williams' Academy Award®-winning score performed live to picture. Experience the mystery and fun of a lost alien and a 10-year-old boy, Elliott, and their unforgettable adventure in the beloved blockbuster that has captivated audiences around the world.

POPS | February 17, 18 (8 p.m.) February 19 (7:30 p.m.)
R&B MIXTAPE: THE MUSIC OF ARETHA, PRINCE, BEYONCÉ & MORE!
Steven Reineke, conductor
N’Kenge, vocalist
Ryan Shaw, vocalist
We’re delivering a brand new show that celebrates the R&B catalogue with soul singers N’Kenge (Broadway’s Motown) and Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw. A tribute to one of music’s most influential genres, our program features the best of Motown and Soul legends like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as contemporary hits made popular by R&B entertainers like Prince, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé.

FAMILY | February 18, 2017 (10 & 11:30 a.m.)
MARDI GRAS MENAGERIE!
Robert Franz, conductor
Scott Holshouser, piano
Steven Dong, piano
It’s a jazzy, fun-filled celebration of Mardi Gras with a menagerie of friends from the animal kingdom! Joining the jubilee is Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals including elephants, kangaroos and feathery friends vividly brought to life by the orchestra and duo pianists. Associate Conductor Robert Franz is also taking us on an icy, dancing excursion with music from Happy Feet, featuring his party-pal penguin Mumble. Come dressed as your favorite animal and get ready to party symphony-style!

CLASSICAL | February 23, 25 (8 p.m.) February 26 (2:30 p.m)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
Hans Graf, conductor
Timothy McAllister, saxophone
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
John Adams: Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
The Houston Symphony celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with a performance of his Saxophone Concerto from the virtuoso who inspired it, native Houstonian Timothy McAllister. Former Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf also conducts Ravel’s classic orchestration of Mussorgsky’s colorful and wildly imaginative Pictures at an Exhibition.

CLASSICAL | March 3, 4 (8 p.m.) March 5 (2:30 p.m.)
ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS BRUCKNER
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Houston Symphony Chorus
Betsy Cook Weber, director
Bruckner: Te Deum
Bruckner: Symphony No. 1
Former Houston Symphony Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to Houston with his authoritative interpretations of spiritually uplifting works by Anton Bruckner. Bruckner’s Te Deum (We Praise Thee, O God) is a joyous, celebratory statement featuring the magnificent Houston Symphony Chorus, and his First Symphony is a marvel of accessible lyricism.

CLASSICAL |March 9, 11 (8 p.m.) March 12 (2:30 p.m.)
MENDELSSOHN & TCHAIKOVSKY
Fabien Gabel, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
Rediscover Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides during this “MSound + Vision” concert with striking images of the Scottish landscapes that inspired it from National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson. Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 receives a thrilling performance from Ingrid Fliter, whose playing “by whatever magical means, touches the heart” (Gramophone Choice). The program concludes with Tchaikovsky’s final masterpiece, the powerful Symphony No. 6, Pathétique. “I have put my whole soul into this work,” Tchaikovsky wrote of the melodic tour-de-force.

POPS | March 17, 18 (8 p.m.) March 19 (7:30 p.m.)
PINK MARTINI RETURNS
Steven Reineke, conductor
Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
With its genre-bending, multilingual glory, Pink Martini’s sounds are “rich, hugely approachable, cosmopolitan yet unpretentious” (Washington Post). Join these amazing talents for a musical travelogue from a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro to a quaint piazza in Naples, Italy. Throw yourself at the band’s eclectic tunes like “Sympathique,” “City of Night” and “Brazil,” as well as songs from their forthcoming album, which is set for a 2017 release. So come along with Pink Martini, Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony for an amazing, not-to-be-missed evening.

CLASSICAL | March {23}, 24, 25 (8 p.m.) March 26 (2:30 p.m.)
BEETHOVEN 6 & 7
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
An exploration of nature, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony evokes cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside and a harrowing storm which resolves in one of music’s most satisfying finales. Beethoven’s lively Seventh Symphony abounds with high spirits that surround a haunting second movement, featured in films such as The King’s Speech. {Note: March 23 program is part of the Sugar Land Series at Sugar Land Baptist Church.}

CLASSICAL | March 31 (8 p.m.) April 2 (2:30 p.m.)
BEETHOVEN’S FIDELIO — OPERA IN CONCERT
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Cast details to be announced
Houston Symphony Chorus Chamber Ensemble
Betsy Cook Weber, director
Beethoven: Fidelio
Experience a riveting semi-staged performance of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. This politically-charged drama follows the heroic struggles of Leonore, who disguises herself as a man (Fidelio) to rescue her husband Florestan, a political prisoner tormented by the tyrant Pizarro. An inspiring hymn to freedom, this opera contains some of Beethoven’s most powerful and beautiful music. (Note: Thursday and Saturday subscribers will attend Friday.)

CLASSICAL | April 13, 14, 15 (8 p.m.)
FALLA & ESPAÑA
Kazuki Yamada, conductor
Brinton Averil Smith, cello
Chabrier: España
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cello Concerto
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat (complete)
Bask in the Iberian sunshine with colorful Spanish-inspired works, including Chabrier’s España and Falla’s complete score from The Three-Cornered Hat. Principal Cello Brinton Smith also presents Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s lost Cello Concerto, giving the first professional performance of this acclaimed composer’s work since its 1935 premiere by the great cellist Piatagorsky under the baton of Toscanini.
Note: Sunday subscribers will attend on Thursday due to the Easter holiday.

NAT GEO | April 18, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
EXPLORING MARS: THE NEXT GENERATION
Kobie Boykins, NASA engineer
Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reveals our latest venture to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity. Join him for an engaging evening on the Red Planet with an update on the very latest chapter in the ongoing story of the fascinating Mars exploration.

CLASSICAL | April 20, 22 (8 p.m.) April 23 (2:30 p.m.)
THE PINES OF ROME
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Elina Vähälä, violin
Verdi: Overture to Un giorno di regna
John Corigliano: The Red Violin Concerto
Respighi: The Fountains of Rome
Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä, “whose brilliant technique is matched by abundant spirit, sensitivity and imagination,” (Chicago Tribune) performs John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Concerto, based on the composer’s Oscar®-winning film score. Acclaimed Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko also leads the orchestra in two technicolor tone poems by Respighi, The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome.

POPS | April 28, 29 (8 p.m.) April 30 (7:30 p.m.)
BOND & BEYOND
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Debbie Gravitte, vocalist
It’s a night of espionage at the Houston Symphony as we celebrate the best of 007 with Bond & Beyond. Enjoy familiar favorites from one of the most successful film franchises of all time, including Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Diamonds are Forever and Casino Royale. Tony Award® winner Debbie Gravitte joins Mike and the orchestra to perform select works on the program, including Adele’s Academy Award®-winning song “Skyfall.”

FAMILY | April 29 (10 & 11:30 a.m.)
DR. SEUSS AT THE SYMPHONY
with Music from Green Eggs and Ham
Robert Franz, conductor
Lauren Pastorek, vocalist
Join us for a Saturday morning with Sam I Am and the spectacular world of Dr. Seuss! Featuring Seuss’ highly imaginative characters with song and dance, our storybook celebration explores music from Green Eggs and Ham. We also pay tribute to the lively sounds of classic animation with a zany Looney Tunes medley and Rossini’s famous Overture to the Barber of Seville.

CLASSICAL | May 5, 6 (8 p.m.) May 7 (2:30 p.m.)
A NEW REQUIEM
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Andrew Garland, baritone
Houston Symphony Chorus
Betsy Cook Weber, director
OnStage Insights with Andrés*
Gabriela Lena Frank: Requiem
Houston Symphony Commission/World Premiere
Includes commissioned text from Nilo Cruz
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Hear the world premiere of a major work by Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank as she unveils her Requiem, a multicultural work that interweaves traditional Latin and Meso-American texts with new lines by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz. Then discover Shostakovich’s thrilling Symphony No. 5, a gripping masterpiece sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

CLASSICAL | May 11, 13 (8 p.m.) May 14 (2:30 p.m.)
STRAVINSKY’S PETROUCHKA
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky: Petrouchka
“A fearless pianist for whom no score is too demanding...” (Wall Street Journal), Yefim Bronfman returns to Houston with Bartók’s heart-pounding Piano Concerto No. 2. Stravinsky’s colorful ballet, Petrouchka, tells the story of a love triangle among puppets come to life at the St. Petersburg Shrovetide Fair. Full of lively Russian folk songs and daring musical innovations, Petrouchka is a powerful allegory about what it means to be human in the modern world.

CLASSICAL | May 19, 20 (8 p.m.) May 21 (2:30 p.m.)
SHAHAM PLUS BRAHMS
Marc Albrecht, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Schumann: Overture to Genoveva
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Hear Gil Shaham go “sailing through the darting off-kilter rhythms and pyrotechnical flights in the violin’s highest register with panache” (South Florida Classical Review) in Prokofiev’s spellbinding Violin Concerto No. 2. Marc Albrecht, who “On the podium…turns all into gold” (Financial Times), brings our season to an end with Brahms’ heroic Symphony No. 1, a monumental work that takes listeners from darkness to triumph.

NAT GEO | May 23 (7:30 p.m.)
CLIMBING DREAMS
Mike Libecki, climber
According to Men’s Journal, climber Mike Libecki is one of the “World’s 50 Most Adventurous Men.” Follow Mike as he tackles mud and mayhem on the massive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia, encounters fear and friendship on the Bamiyan slopes of Afghanistan, and dodges polar bears while exploring Greenland’s icy waters.
POPS | May 26, 27 (8 p.m.) May 28 (7:30 p.m.)

POPS | May 26, 27 (8 p.m.) May 28 (7:30 p.m.)
CLASSIC BROADWAY
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Lisa Vroman, vocalist
Doug LaBrecque, vocalist
Rachel York, vocalist
Houston Symphony Chorus
Betsy Cook Weber, director
It’s Mike’s final concert weekend as Principal POPS Conductor, and we’re throwing him a sendoff with a grand Broadway extravaganza, featuring composers Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Help us celebrate the Great White Way’s Golden Age with Broadway powerhouse performers Lisa Vroman, Doug LaBrecque and Rachel York, along with the Houston Symphony Chorus.

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