ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Health & Safety Update: To continue to follow social distancing expectations surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Houston Symphony has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our 2019–20 season, as well as Jones Hall performances scheduled for June. This is an extension of the previously announced cancelation of performances and programs through May 10. Learn more
It shocked Parisian audiences in 1830, and almost 200 years later, Berlioz’ boundary-pushing, mind-stretching masterpiece remains classical music’s wildest ride. Enter a world where witches shriek, severed heads roll and imagination knows no limit when Karina Canellakis conducts Symphonie fantastique, and feel the lyrical beauty and lively rhythms of Bruch’s treasured masterpiece, featuring the “stunning” (Chicago Tribune) Simone Lamsma.
Pre-Concert Activities: Chamber Music Prelude
Your ticket includes a special chamber music performance by Houston Symphony musicians on the Jones Hall stage starting 45 minutes before the concert. Hear Offenbach’s Cours methodique de duo, Opus 54, Suite No. 2, I. Allegro performed by Louis-Marie Fardet, cello, and Maki Kubota, cello. The first people to arrive will be given the opportunity to sit onstage for the prelude performance. Those interested should line up outside the Jones Hall main entrance on the Louisiana Patio near the first door on the right before doors open, 1 hour before the concert begins. All others may watch the chamber music performance from the front orchestra seating of Jones Hall. The chamber music replaces the regularly scheduled Prelude discussion.