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.
- Experience the continued Live from Jones Hall Series, as musicians of the Houston Symphony return to the Jones Hall stage for livestream performances for the 2020–21 Season.
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You can listen live every Sunday at 8 p.m. on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM on the radio or online, for weekly two-hour Houston Symphony broadcasts. The Sunday broadcasts repeat every Wednesday and Saturday 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 recordings, archived here for 30 days following their initial Houston Public Media broadcast.
AUGUST 30 & SEPTEMBER 2 & 5
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Brinton Averil Smith, cello*
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto*
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, Rhenish
Recorded February 9, 15, 2020
*Recorded November 28, 29, 30, 2014
SEPTEMBER 20, 23 & 26
HANDEL/P. ARCHIBALD “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon
D. HALL Escape Velocity
DEBUSSY/M. STRAUSS/D. WALLACE String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, Mvt. II
GERVAISE/Arr. P. REEVE Dances of the French Renaissance
CAGE Third Construction
JOPLIN/J. IVESON The Easy Winners
ABREU/IVESON Tico Tico
Recorded July 25, 2020
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.
The title of Missy Mazzoli's double bass concerto, "Dark with Excessive Bright," is a quote from Milton's "Paradise Lost" that the composer says is "a strangely accurate way to describe the dark but heartrending sound of the double bass itself." Robin Kesselman, Houston Symphony principal double bass, shares an excerpt of the piece.
MuChen Hsieh, Houston Symphony principal second violin, and members of the Symphony perform the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi's Winter from The Four Seasons. Nicholas McGegan served as guest conductor for the livestream concert on August 8, 2020.
Boson Mo, Houston Symphony second violin, shares a sneak peek of Antonio Vivaldi's Spring from The Four Seasons.Boson is one of four Houston Symphony soloists in the Live from Jones Hall livestream performance of the piece on August 8, 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.
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.
Houston Symphony lights up with the bright lights of Broadway
After a six month hiatus from the glitz and glamour, colored lights, stellar vocalists, and renowned musicality of your Houston Symphony, we are beyond excited to resume POPS programming with an all-star cast and the return of Principal POPS conductor, Steven Reineke.
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