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 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 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 24 & 27 at 8 p.m.

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 31 & JUNE 3 at 8 p.m.

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

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 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


JUNE 2 at 8 p.m.

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

Hans Graf, conductor
Houston Symphony Chorus, Charles Hausmann, Director
BRAHMS Nanie
BRAHMS Schicksalslied
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7 in E major
Recorded November 18, 2005

JUNE 4 at 8 p.m.

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

Hans Graf, conductor
Men of the Houston Symphony Chorus, Charles Hausmann, Director
J. STRAUSS JR. Overture to Die Fledermaus
J. STRAUSS JR. Rosen aus dem Süden
J. STRAUSS JR. Perpetuum Mobile
J. STRAUSS JR. Sängerslust
J. STRAUSS JR. Bei uns z'Haus
J. STRAUSS JR. Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron
J. STRAUSS JR. Élyen a Magyár
J. STRAUSS JR. Im Krapfenwaldl
J. STRAUSS JR. Bauern Polka
J. STRAUSS JR. Kaiser-Waltzer
J. STRAUSS JR. Pizzicato Polka
J. STRAUSS JR. An der Schönen blauen Donau
Recorded May 19, 2006

JUNE 6 at 8 p.m.

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

Hans Graf, conductor
Men of the Houston Symphony Chorus, Charles Hausmann, Director
BRUCKNER Ave Maria for Chorus
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Recorded January 12, 2007

JUNE 7 & 10 at 8 p.m.

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

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Yefim bronfman, piano
SMITH "The Star Spangled Banner"
GLINKA Kamarinskaya
BORODIN/SARGENT Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
Recorded September 14, 2019

JUNE 14 & 17 at 8 p.m.

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

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Miah Persson, soprano
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration
STRAUSS Four Last Songs
STRAUSS Don Juan
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Recorded Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1, 2019

JUNE 21 & 24 at 8 p.m.

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

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
COPLAND El Salón México
GERSHWIN Catfish Row, Symphonic Suite from Porgy and Bess
CHÁVEZ Sinfonía India
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto
Recorded September 27, 28 & 29, 2019

Musicians at Home: Pet Duet with Ian Mayton and Billy: Bordogni's Vocalise for Trumpet No. 3
Ian Mayton, Houston Symphony horn, practices with the help of his pet dog, who quietly joins in Ian's rehearsal of music by Bordogni (one of Billy's faves).
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.
Musicians at Home: 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.
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. 22, What is Counterpoint?
Counterpoint creates infinite variety in music. Houston Symphony Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero discusses the introduction of this musical technique in this week's Moment of Music. Hear examples in Carlos's playlist
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

CLASSICAL NOTES & PRELUDE

Prelude with Carlos Andrés Botero: Mahler 10
Gustav Mahler was at the top of his fame when he set out to write his Tenth Symphony, which would turn out to be his last—and unfinished at the time of his death. Houston Symphony Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero walks you through the composer's final masterpiece, featured on Houston Public Media's Symphony concert broadcast on May 31 & June 3, 2020.
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.

BLOGS

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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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