Beyond epic in scale, dazzlingly mythological in scope, Wagner’s operas redefined the genre and changed the course of music forever. Feel the thrill of love and the fire of lust when preeminent conductor Marek Janowski leads the rich, resounding melodies of Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Filled with boundless vigor and bracing wit, Beethoven’s Second finds its composer at the outset of a new trail—one that he himself would blaze.


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 Spohr’s Duo for Violin and Viola performed by Tong Yan, violin, and Ferenc Illenyi, viola. 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.



BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2
WAGNER Tannhäuser, Overture and Venusberg Music
WAGNER Two Excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg



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