Songs of the Earth Festival

Join Music Director Juraj Valčuha and the Symphony for a two-week festival exploring musical dialogues between composers in Europe and Asia, from the early-20th century through today.


FREE: Chinese Classical Music Concert

February 4, 2023 @ 2 p.m.
Houston Public Library, Julia Ideson Building

Enjoy a live performance of classical Chinese music selections performed by Taiwanese traditional Pipa player Hui-Kuan Lin and Sheng player Lung-Yi Huang. Learn more here.

Performing Asia

February 7, 2023 @ 7:30 p.m.
Asia Society Texas Education Center
Tickets $25

Join us for a cross-cultural adventure exploring an East/West dialogue through a mixture of traditional and newly composed music from China and Taiwan. Learn more here.

Mahler The Song Of The Earth

February 10, 11 & 12, 2023

World-renowned vocalists Sasha Cooke and Clay Hilley join Music Director Juraj Valčuha and the orchestra for this soul-stirring meditation on life and death, featuring poignant text drawn from ancient Chinese poetry. Evocative music of contemporary composer Qigang Chen opens the performance. Purchase Tickets

The Art of Indonesian Gamelan

February 16, 2023

Join us for an evening of Indonesian Gamelan with Gamelan of the New Moon, paired with Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, featuring members of the Symphony. Plus, try your hand at the instruments with a Gamelan Petting Zoo. Purchase Tickets

Debussy La mer

February 17, 18 & 19, 2023

It’s one of classical music’s most unforgettable and immersive experiences, whisking the listener through a glowing Impressionistic dreamscape of shimmering beauty and mystical, awe-inspiring power. Fragments of La mer ebb and flow throughout Tōru Takemitsu’s haunting concerto for two pianos and orchestra, Quotation of Dream. Purchase Tickets

Sky Atrium Recital

February 18, 2023

Join Songs of the Earth Festival guest artists Lucas and Arthur Jussen, piano, for a late-night recital in the heart of downtown Houston. The glittering skyline is your backdrop as you enjoy music of Debussy, Fazil Say, and Ravel. Purchase Tickets


Juraj Valčuha
Music Director


Sasha Cooke


Clay Hilley


Lucas and Arthur Jussen


Kojiro Umezaki


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