At the Houston Symphony, we live to bring great music to our community. There is no substitute for a live orchestral performance, but while concerts and community activities are on hold, you can still find ways to enjoy and support your Symphony.


You can listen live every Sunday at 8 p.m. on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM on the radio or online, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. on Houston Public Media Classical HD (88.7-2 on your HD radio) for weekly two-hour Houston Symphony broadcasts. The Sunday broadcasts repeat every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Houston Public Media Classical HD (88.7-2 on your HD radio) and online. See the broadcast schedule >

Listen to previously aired Sunday recordings, archived here for 30 days following their initial Houston Public Media broadcast.

MAY 3 & 6 at 8 p.m.

Hans Graf, conductor
Houston Symphony Chorus, Charles Hausmann, director
BRAHMS Nänie (Song of Lamentation) for Chorus and Orchestra, Opus 82
BRAHMS Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) for Chorus and Orchestra, Opus 54
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 in E major
Recorded November 18, 19 & 20, 2005


MAY 17 & 20 at 8 p.m.

Joshua Bell, leader and violin
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 61
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Opus 60
Recorded March 15, 16 & 17, 2019


MAY 10 & 13 at 8 p.m.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Molly Searcy, narrator
Risa D'Souza, Genene McGrath, dancers
Marlana Doyle, choreographer
Adam Larsen, creative director
Yuki Izumihara, associate designer
BARTOK Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Opus 11
Recorded May 16 & 17, 2019


MAY 24 & 27 at 8 p.m.

Sunday: HPM News (88.7)
Wednesday rebroadcast: HPM Classical (88.7-2)

Kazushi Ono, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano
SHOSTAKOVICH/L. ATOVMIAN Ballet Suite No. 1, Opus 84
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Opus 40
Recorded April 4, 6 & 7, 2019
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Peter Dugan, piano
Houston Symphony Chorus, Betsy Cook Weber, director
IVES Symphony No. 4 (assembled movements)
Recorded:
September 13, 15 & 16, 2018
September 21, 22 & 23, 2018
January 24, 26 & 27, 2019
May 9, 11 & 12, 2019


Previously aired Sunday recordings will be archived on this page for 30 days following their initial broadcast. Some exceptions are noted on the broadcast schedule.

MAY 24 & 27 at 8 p.m.

Sunday: HPM News (88.7)
Wednesday rebroadcast: HPM Classical (88.7-2)

Kazushi Ono, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano
SHOSTAKOVICH/L. ATOVMIAN Ballet Suite No. 1, Opus 84
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Opus 40
Recorded April 4, 6 & 7, 2019
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Peter Dugan, piano
Houston Symphony Chorus, Betsy Cook Weber, director
IVES Symphony No. 4 (assembled movements)
Recorded:
September 13, 15 & 16, 2018
September 21, 22 & 23, 2018
January 24, 26 & 27, 2019
May 9, 11 & 12, 2019


MAY 26 at 8 p.m.

HPM Classical (88.7-2)
Will not be archived for later use

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
HAYDN Symphony No. 63 in C major, La Roxelane
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, From the New World
Recorded June 16, 2007

MAY 28 at 8 p.m.

HPM Classical (88.7-2)
Will not be archived for later use

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Robert Atherholt, oboe
Rian Craypo, bassoon
Eric Halen, violin
Brinton Averil Smith, cello
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeneo, K. 367
HAYDN Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major for Oboe, Bassoon, Violin and Cello
HANDEL Water Music
Recorded May 7, 2010

MAY 30 at 8 p.m.

HPM Classical (88.7-2)
Will not be archived for later use

Hans Graf, conductor
Allen Barnhill, trombone
HAYDN Symphony No.38 in G minor, The Hen
MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C major
Recorded January 10, 2008

MAY 31 & JUNE 3 at 8 p.m.

Sunday: HPM News (88.7)
Wednesday rebroadcast: HPM Classical (88.7-2)

Hans Graf, conductor
MAHLER/D. COOKE Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp major
Recorded May 13, 14 & 15, 2011

Robert Johnson & Family Music Time with Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance
This one is for you, grads! Robert Johnson, Houston Symphony associate principal horn, and family offer a musical gift to the class of 2020.
Yoonshin Song & Matthew Strauss: Jeffery Cotton's duo for violin & percussion, Bacchinal (excerpt)
Houston Symphony musicians Yoonshin Song, concertmaster, and Matthew Strauss, associate principal percussion & timpani, perform a virtual duet. Matthew Strauss's instrument is a double-headed Bulgarian drum called a tapan.
Robert Johnson & Family Music Time with Star Wars
Robert Johnson, Houston Symphony associate principal horn, and family take you to a galaxy far, far away in this week's Music Time.
Saint-Saëns, The Swan on Cello & Piano: Louis-Marie Fardet & Fabien Gabel
Louis-Marie Fardet, Houston Symphony cello, and Fabien Gabel, a frequent guest conductor with the Houston Symphony and pianist, attended the same high school and music conservatory in Paris. They share a virtual duet of an excerpt of Camille Saint-Saëns's elegant The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals.
Méditation from Thaïs on Cello & Piano: Louis-Marie Fardet & Fabien Gabel
Louis-Marie Fardet, Houston Symphony cello, and Fabien Gabel, a frequent guest conductor with the Houston Symphony and pianist, attended the same high school and music conservatory in Paris. They share a virtual duet of an excerpt of Jules Massenet's Méditation, from the opera Thaïs.
Musicians at Home: Schubert, "Ständchen" excerpt, cello & piano: Brinton Averil Smith & Evelyn Chen
Brinton Averil Smith, Houston Symphony principal cello, joins pianist Evelyn Chen, his wife & frequent musical collaborator, for an excerpt of Schubert's "Ständchen (Serenade)" in their home.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts José Rozo Contreras, Vals and Trio from Suite Sinfónica Tierra Colombiana
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.
The Cosmos–An HD Odyssey featuring Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, fourth movement
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.
Elgar's Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Elgar's Nimrod in Poland on the Symphony's 2018 European Tour 2018.
Stravinsky’s Petrushka excerpts, “Magic Trick” & “Russian Dance”
In 2017, Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada led the Houston Symphony in a colorful presentation of Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947) at Jones Hall, with help from the Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School Dance Ensemble and Crespo Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School Dance Department.
Finale to Stravinsky's Firebird (ballet score)
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.
Moment of Music with Carlos Andrés Botero: No. 21, Inspiration
Houston Symphony Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero shares how Bach, Beethoven, Brahms & Stravinsky made sure that inspiration found them while they were working hard. Get inspired by Carlos's playlist
Moment of Music with Carlos Andrés Botero: No. 20, Great Educators: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
A successful composer with enduring favorites like "Scheherazade," Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov also left a lasting legacy in his famous students, including Igor Stravinsky. Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero discusses in this week's Moment of Music. Listen to the Spotify playlist
Moment of Music with Carlos Andrés Botero: No. 19, What Is an Allegro?
"Allegro" is Italian for "joyous," but why did it become a common musical term? Houston Symphony Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero shares his insights. Listen to the Spotify playlist

CLASSICAL NOTES

Classical Notes: Ives's Symphony No. 4
Life insurance executive by day & composer by night, Charles Ives created one of the most complete pieces in the classical repertoire: his final symphony, featured in a Houston Public Media broadcast on May 24 & 27, 2020.
Classical Notes: Beethoven's Symphony No. 4
Beethoven set aside his stormy Fifth Symphony to compose a lighter work filled with comedy and enchantment. Explore Symphony No. 4, featured in a Houston Public Media radio broadcast on May 17 & 20, 2020.
Classical Notes: Bluebeard's Castle
Seven doors hide seven secrets in Béla Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle. Calvin Dotsey, publications editor, discusses this epic piece, featured on a Houston Public Media broadcast on May 10 & 13, 2020.

BLOGS

Community Engagement in a “New Normal”

The Houston Symphony improves the quality of life in Houston by presenting over 1,000 concerts and activities in schools, hospitals, senior centers and social service organizations. The success of these programs relies on the unwavering passion for music that our orchestra members and Community-Embedded Musicians bring to this work. READ MORE

Celebrating Michael McMurray, double bass and assistant librarian

At the end of May 2020, the Houston Symphony bids farewell to Michael McMurray, double bass and assistant librarian. Mike and his fellow bassists and librarians share fond memories of the outstanding musician’s many years with the Houston Symphony—and what lies ahead for Mike now.

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Celebrating Wayne Brooks, principal viola

At the end of May 2020, the Houston Symphony bids farewell to Wayne Brooks, principal viola. Wayne and his fellow violists share fond memories of the treasured musician’s many years with the Houston Symphony—and what lies ahead for Wayne now.

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VIEW THE 2020–21 SEASON

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