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OCTOBER 11, 14 & 17
Yue Bao, conductor
HANDEL/L. SHAW "Blessing and Honour" from Messiah, for Four Horns
MOZART Ave verum corpus, for Four Horns
L. SHAW Frippery No. 17, for Four Horns
DELIBES/G.M. BRANDIS "Sous le dôme épais" ("Flower Duet") from Lakmé, for Two Cellos
WIENIAWSKI/B.A. SMITH/Y. LEONOVICH Etudes-Caprices for Two Violins, arranged for Two Cellos: No. 1, No. 4
GLIÈRE Ten Duos for Two Cellos, No. 7
PAGANINI/W. THOMAS-MIFUNE Mosé-Fantasia for Two Cellos
WALKER Lyric for Strings
MOZART Quartet for Oboe and Strings
Recorded August 15, 2020
OCTOBER 18, 21 & 24
Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Robin Kesselman, double bass
MOZART/J. N. WENDT Suite for Winds from Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
MISSY MAZZOLI Dark with Excessive Bright
MOZART Symphony No. 38, Prague
Recorded August 22, 2020
International superstar James Ehnes joins the Houston Symphony in Jones Hall for a performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, a beloved piece filled with virtuoso fireworks and tender beauty. Watch Ehnes Plays Mendelssohn from home on October 17.
Guest artist George Li brings piano fireworks to Jones Hall when he joins the Houston Symphony for Haydn's Piano Concerto No. 11. Music by Dvořák and Anna Clyne bookend the performance on Saturday, October 3.
Guest vocalist Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano, joins the Houston Symphony for an evening of music by trailblazing women composers Reene Esmail, Florence Price, and Ethel Smyth. Watch the concert live from home on Saturday, September 26.
Principal POPS Condcutor Steven Reineke invites you to watch from home as he leads a Houston Symphony performance of hit songs from Broadway musicals both past and present. Join us for an evening showcasing the Best of Broadway on September 5.
Mozart's Symphony No. 38 is called the "Prague" Symphony after the city where it premiered in 1768. The Houston Symphony performs the finale in the clip recorded live on August 22, 2020.
Mozart was 24 when he composed this work, his only chamber piece for oboe. A quartet of Houston Symphony musicians, led by Jonathan Fischer, principal oboe, perform the finale in this clip recorded live on August 15, 2020.
An excerpt from a 2014 concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre, this originally aired as an ABC-KTRK special celebrating Andrés Orozco-Estrada's inaugural season as Houston Symphony music director.
A TV special with the 2016 world premiere of Cosmos–An HD Odyssey, featuring the Houston Symphony's performance of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, combined with a film by Duncan Copp. Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Houston Symphony Music Director.
Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Elgar's Nimrod in Poland on the Symphony's 2018 European Tour 2018.
The Houston Symphony performs the thrilling finale of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird (full ballet score) with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Recorded live at Jones Hall in September 2019.
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero entails? He answers this viewer-submitted question, and shares how he stays inspired, in a new Moment of Music video. Listen to the playlist
You asked, we answered! Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero answers the first of your viewer questions, this one from Kimberly R. about the instruments musicians play. Listen to the playlist
To clap or not to clap? In preparation for the start of a new season, Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero discusses this sign of appreciation and explains how composers such as Schumann, Mozart, and Mahler viewed applause.
Timeless Music for a Strange Time
One of the most important composers of the 20th century, Vaughan Williams’s prolific legacy includes nine symphonies, six operas, film scores, choral music, works for military band, and several now-standard hymn tunes. Forging an individual musical voice steeped in the folk song traditions of his homeland, he is particularly well known for a lush, pastoral style that carries listeners away to the beauty of the English countryside.
Fighting to be Heard: Florence Price & Ethel Smyth
Roughly contemporaries from both sides of the Atlantic, Florence Price (1887–1953) and Ethel Smyth (1858–1944) fought for musical recognition in the face of prejudices, and each achieved firsts that still inspire. On September 26, the Houston Symphony presents the second Classical series livestream performance of the season, Great Women Composers: Esmail, Price & Smyth.
Essential Schubert: Your Pre-Concert Playlist
The Houston Symphony kicks off its 2020–21 Classical Season with a livestream performance of Schubert’s Octet in F Major. Before you hear the F Major Octet on Saturday, make it a Schubert week by listening to our handpicked playlist of five essential Schubert masterpieces.
Red, blue, yellow, and all the colors in between! Megan Conley, Houston Symphony principal harp, explores the color of music in this Mornings with Megan video for babies and toddlers.
Fast & slow, high & low! Megan Conley, Houston Symphony principal harp, explores opposites in classical music in this Mornings with Megan video for babies and toddlers.
The harp is one of the oldest instruments in the world! Hear how different cultures have created harp music as Megan Conley, Houston Symphony principal harp, performs pieces from Ireland, Argentina, and more.
- Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall: Offering free digital access for 30 days. Includes upcoming May, and June concerts
- Frankfurt Radio Symphony: Concerts featuring Andrés Orozco-Estrada are available to watch for free
- The Metropolitan Opera: Nightly Opera Stream
- Yo-Yo Ma playing #SongsofComfort
- Gramophone.co.uk: Online streamed concerts and opera guide