These performances are part of a special two-week festival celebrating the outstanding tenure of Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his final year as Music Director. View the full festival schedule >

On this concert:

  • Take in Saint-Saëns’s beloved musical menagerie, The Carnival of the Animals, featuring Principal Keyboard Scott Holshouser and the illustrious Emanuel Ax.
  • Jones Hall transforms into a 1940s–50s jazz club as Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio steps out for Bernstein’s sizzling Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs and the toe-tapping boogie-woogie rhythms of Artie Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto.
  • Principal Trumpet Mark Hughes shines in Jolivet’s brilliant and virtuosic Concertino for Trumpet.
  • Discover sparkling music of 19th century Afro-European composer George Bridgetower as the Symphony premieres Kyle Rivera’s new orchestral arrangement of Henry: A Ballad.
  • The concerts close with Shostakovich’s witty and whimsical Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1.

Student Tickets: This concert is eligible for students to attend at a discounted rate. Visit our Student Tickets page for more information.

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Mar 18
Friday, 8:00 PM
at Jones Hall


BRIDGETOWER/K. RIVERA Henry: A Ballad (Houston Symphony commission, world premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS The Carnival of the Animals
BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
SHAW Clarinet Concerto
JOLIVET Concertino for Trumpet
SHOSTAKOVICH Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1



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