A Soviet’s Response to Just Criticism – Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

On September 23, 24, and 25, The Houston Symphony presents Joshua Bell + Shostakovich 5, featuring a world premiere, superstar Joshua Bell, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. In this post, learn about one of Shostakovich’s many clashes with the Soviet government and how it produced this monumental symphony. “My new composition can be called a … Continued

The Huberman Violin by Joshua Bell

On September 23, 24, & 25, classical superstar Joshua Bell returns to the Houston Symphony to play Sibelius’s sparkling Violin Concerto. In this post, read Joshua Bell’s essay on his Gibson ex Huberman violin. Get tickets and more information for Joshua Bell + Shostakovich 5. The Huberman Violin by Joshua Bell My violin is over … Continued

Fast Facts: 2021–22 Pops Series Opener

Next month, Houston Symphony Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke is joined by Broadway vocalists Matt Doyle, Montego Glover, Katie Rose Clarke, and Jordan Donica to celebrate the music by eight-time Academy Award-winning and eleven-time Grammy Award-winning composer Alan Menken in the 2021–22 POPS Series opener, Once Upon a Time: Alan Menken’s Broadway on Sept. 3–5. … Continued

An Accolade to Alan Menken: The Mastermind of Disney Music

The Houston Symphony opens its 2021–22 Bank of America POPS Season with a musical tribute to Alan Menken, the man who gave sound to an underwater kingdom in A Little Mermaid, scored the noble tale of a resilient and brave Native daughter, Pocahontas, and harmonized “A Whole New World,” in turn defining an entire generation … Continued

Beethoven’s Immortal Fifth Symphony

The Houston Symphony begins its highly anticipated 2021–22 Season with a blazing crescendo, featuring Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony. This concert also includes the return of Andrés Orozco-Estrada, marking his first performance with the Symphony since the pandemic and his final season as Music Director. Read about the man behind the music and the structure of … Continued

Neighborhood Concert: The Community of faith

Last month, the Houston Symphony partnered with The Community of Faith to present a special Neighborhood Concert for the church’s congregation and larger community which it serves. The Community of Faith is an important church within the Houston community, serving a large congregation in Acres Homes, one of the Mayor’s Complete Communities, and under the leadership … Continued

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