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Houston Symphony Rings in the New Years with Big Band POPS from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles

HOUSTON, TX (Dec. 9, 2020) — Under the direction of Houston Symphony Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke, the Symphony toasts the New Year and the second half of its 2020–21 Season with the electrifying program, In the Mood: A Big Band New Year, part of the Bank of America POPS Series, Jan. 8–10. This performance is livestreamed on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. CST. Tickets are now available for these performances at houstonsymphony.org/2021season.

“I’m so looking forward to being back on the stage of Jones Hall to ring in the new year with a swingin’ new program,” said Reineke. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Houston ‘double threat’ David Caceres. He’s a powerhouse vocalist and saxophonist who just exhibits charisma and energy. I hope you’ll join us for some great music to get you ‘In the Mood’ for what we hope is a happier and more prosperous new year for all of us!”

Captivating, Houston-based vocalist and saxophonist David Caceres—who makes his Houston Symphony debut—is featured in the program full of big band standards. His unique combination of soulful and moving musicianship have made him a staple in the Houston jazz scene, as well as a part of the city’s music education world as a faculty member of the High School of the Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Houston.

“I am truly honored and thrilled the Houston Symphony has asked me to join them as guest artist for a big band performance,” said Caceres. Alongside Reineke and the orchestra, Caceres interprets Sinatra’s greatest hits like “Come Fly with Me,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and many other cool big band tunes. “I am excited to bring Houstonians a great show next month filled with classic big band arrangements—from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles.”

In-person and livestream tickets are now available for these performances at houstonsymphony.org/2021season. Each livestream performance is available via a private link to ticket holders for $20, and livestream subscribers who purchase a package of tickets receive an additional 25% discount. For patrons attending in person, concerts will continue to have strict social distancing and masking protocols in place, a one-hour run time with no intermission, and food and beverage service will be suspended to eliminate crowding. For a comprehensive list of safety measures, visit houstonsymphony.org/safety. For tickets and information, please call 713.224.7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. All programs and artists are subject to change.

The Houston Symphony’s POPS Series is sponsored in part by Bank of America, and the livestream of Houston Symphony concerts is made possible by Barbara J. Burger.

IN THE MOOD: A BIG BAND NEW YEAR
Friday, January 8, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, at 8 p.m. *
Sunday, January 10, at 2:30 p.m.
Steven Reineke, conductor
David Caceres, vocalist

*Livestreamed at 8 p.m. CST

About the Houston Symphony
During the 2020–21 Season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its seventh season with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring, and recording activities. The Houston Symphony, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown on Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $25.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 88 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony’s two Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 1,000 community-based performances each year at various schools, community centers, hospitals, and churches reaching more than 200,000 people in Greater Houston annually.

The Grammy Award-winning Houston Symphony has recorded under various prestigious labels, including Koch International Classics, Naxos, RCA Red Seal, Telarc, Virgin Classics, and, most recently, Dutch recording label Pentatone. In 2017, the Houston Symphony was awarded an ECHO Klassik award for the live recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck under the direction of former Music Director Hans Graf. The orchestra earned its first Grammy nomination and Grammy Award at the 60th annual ceremony for the same recording in the Best Opera Recording category.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Eric Skelly: 713.337.8560, eric.skelly@houstonsymphony.org
Mireya Reyna: 713.337.8557, mireya.reyna@houstonsymphony.org

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