Katy News

Did you know that Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) offers continuing education training using grant dollars for your employees?  And that Workforce Solutions can help you locate the right employees for your business needs at no charge to you? Sharing the benefits from partnering with WCJC and Workforce Solutions on these types of employer needs was the focus of the Working Lunch Series hosted by Central Fort Bend Chamber and held at Workforce Solutions – Rosenberg on April 20th.

Tamara Sealy, Continuing Education Corporate Training Coordinator at WCJC Richmond campus, and De’jashatun “DJ” Williams, a certified Workforce Expert at Workforce Solutions, were the guest speakers at the business luncheon. They presented on the various resources available to area employers, such as, tax credits for hiring new employees, training grants, work-based learning programs, human resources support, labor compliance laws, and more.

“No matter the size of your business, we [WCJC] can develop a curriculum that provides the necessary development skills training fit for your business,” says Sealy.  “We utilize many of the courses that are already offered in our normal accredited curriculum and develop additional skills training that is right for the job at hand,” she states.

Williams provided an overview on how partnering with Workforce Solutions works. “We help employers build a strong workforce and help people build careers,” he says. “If you are looking to hire employees to do a specific job, Workforce Solutions can put candidates through a work-experience program at no cost to the employer for a period of time,” explains Williams. “Once they are hired and receiving on-the-job training, the employer will still benefit from a 50% reimbursement of the new hires’ wages during the duration of the training,” he states.

For more information about how to apply for training grants, call 281-239-1530. For further details on the benefits that Workforce Solutions has to offer, call 281-334-0279, ext. 2451.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Working Lunch Series focuses on technical education topics for small businesses and is held the third Thursday of each month. The next Working Lunch Series will be held on May 18th at Fort Bend Country Club and focused on sales revolution and keeping competitive.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

For more information or to register, go to www.CFBCA.org or call Debbie Kilen at 281-342-5464.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.


Ceremony to Celebrate New $38 Million Senior Living Community

KATY, Texas – With a focus on showcasing a senior living experience with customizable lifestyle options, Watercrest at Katy, a local retirement community, announces a grand opening event on Tuesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. The $38 million community, which welcomed its first residents last year, plans an international-themed event, celebrating various travel destinations with an emphasis on Watercrest at Katy as a destination for retirees.

“We’re proud to open our doors, officially cut the ribbon, and break bread with the local community,” said Watercrest at Katy Executive Director Leslie James. “Watercrest at Katy residents enjoy building their retirement lifestyle based on their unique needs and budget. We think that’s a recipe for successful senior living.”

Developed and managed by Integrated Property Management, Watercrest at Katy is unique in that the community has been built and managed under the same company umbrella. The concept streamlines the overall process, which benefits the residents in terms of overall value.

“Our residents have the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly who has overseen the development of their community, literally from the ground up,” said James. “It’s also the reason we’re able to offer so much variety, from amenities and activities to lifestyle options.”

Watercrest at Katy has 212 independent living residences, offering residents a rental retirement experience focusing on socialization, activities, a host of amenities and fine dining.

Several dignitaries will be on hand at the grand opening as well, including representatives of the ownership group, Integrated Property Management. Media tours are available upon request following the event.

“Watercrest at Katy is a great addition to our diverse portfolio of more than 70 seniors housing properties,” said Stephen H. Mauldin, president and CEO of CNL Healthcare Properties. “Having partnered with Integrated Real Estate Group on a number of developments, we have seen firsthand the exceptional lifestyle experience they create for residents of their communities and are confident this will be duplicated in Katy.”

About Watercrest at Katy

Watercrest at Katy, located at 200 S. Katy Fort Bend Road in Katy, Texas, offers an active retirement lifestyle tailored to fit individual needs. Watercrest offers customizable lifestyle options allowing residents to build packages of custom services, along with a variety of residence sizes, to fit individual needs and budgets. Amenities include a 5-star resort-style clubhouse with Grande Dining Hall, an onsite salon/spa, café, business center, fitness/aerobics centers, indoor/outdoor pool and Activity Center, offering various activities, health and wellness programming, and more. Watercrest at Katy was developed and managed by Integrated Real Estate Group, a company dedicated to high resident satisfaction, and who has grown to develop and manage 10 senior living communities throughout Texas, with more planned. For more information about Watercrest at Katy, call (832) 972-8000 or visit www.WatercrestKaty.com.


With the summer swimming season nearly here, aquatic clubs, related industry organizations and healthcare providers are kicking off a month-long campaign in May to encourage safer water practices.  This month-long event is being celebrated in local communities with educational programs, public service announcements and the distribution of water safety materials.

In an effort to support May as National Water Safety Month, KATY Aquatics is teaming with Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus to host a FREE Make A Splash Water Safety event for the whole family!  The Make A Splash event will feature Free Swim Lessons* and water safety skills for children ages 3 and up.

The Make a Splash Water Safety event will be held on:

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10am – Noon
Cinco Ranch High School Natatorium
23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494

While the statistics are staggering, drowning has not gained the necessary public attention needed to help prevent these tragedies from occurring.  Drowning is preventable, and understanding the risks associated with being in and around the water is crucial.

In addition to the FREE Swim Lessons for children, the Make A Splash event will have water rescue demonstrations, informational booths and vehicle displays from the Willow Fork Fire Department and Fort Bend EMS Paramedics.  Other draws to the event include kayak rides for children and special character appearances from Bobber the Water Safety Dog, the Chick-fil-A Cow and Princess Ariel!

Patrons will also experience food samples from PDQ, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Nothing Bundt Cakes.  As an added bonus, there will be Free Door Prizes and Gift Bags filled with coupons from local Katy businesses.  Be sure to join us at the Make A Splash Water Safety event, we will have something fun and informative for all ages to enjoy!

*Register for your child’s FREE Swim Lesson on May 13th now!  Guarantee your spot in the pool by pre-registering online at www.katyaquatics.org.  Click on “Learn to Swim” then “Make A Splash”.  Children must wear swimsuits to participate in the Free Swim Lessons. 

For more information about the Make A Splash event or the many different programs KATY Aquatics has to offer, please visit our website at www.katyaquatics.org or call 281-391-7200.
About KATY Aquatics
At KATY Aquatics, we offer the nationally recognized learn-to-swim program, SwimAmerica.
The SwimAmerica program is designed to teach children as young as three, the life-long skill of swimming.  Through KATY Aquatics, you can participate in group or private learn-to-swim classes, as well as choose from any of the other additional programs we offer in a variety of class levels including special needs and adults.

Website: www.katyaquatics.org / Email: info@katyaquatics.org / Office Phone: 281-391-7200

Camp Invention® Inspires Hands-On Problem Solving and Collaboration
Katy, TX (Grassroots Newswire) April 24, 2017 – Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer
enrichment camp program, is coming to the following locations:
* Huggins Elementary School the week of June 5 – June 8, 2017.
* Bonnie Holland Elementary School the week of June 12 – June 15, 2017.
* British International School of Houston the week of July 24 – July 28,
* Harmony Science Academy – Katy for multiple sessions from May 30 – June 8, 2017. Please see campinvention.org for details. Regional program sponsors include .
Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® — a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and
entrepreneurship — and supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
For students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a week long adventure that turns the summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom. Children are empowered to have big
ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes.
“Parents should send their children to Camp Invention because it encourages children to think, solve and create!” said Tracy M., mother of three campers. “Teamwork is encouraged while individual strengths are
fostered. My children gained a deeper love for science and engineering, confidence to try new and innovative ideas, made new friendships, and learned new science vocabulary and concepts.”
This year’s fresh, action-packed Camp Invention curriculum features several hands-on modules:
* Duct Tape Billionaire™: Campers design duct tape products they can
market and sell to mock investors;
* Have a Blast™:  Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as
a team in friendly air battles that use physics to boost their advantage;
* Mission Space Makers™: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow
crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet
for human habitation; and
* Operation Keep Out™:  Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and
devices, and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box.
Learn more about this year’s all-new curriculum.
All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 130,000 students every year and partners with more than 1,400 schools and districts across the nation. For additional information or to find the camp nearest you, visit campinvention.org.
About Camp Invention:
Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergarten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

(Katy,Texas) Days ago Ethan Roser, a 19 year old freshman at Wheaton College west of Chicago was tragically killed while volunteering at a Track and Field meet at the school. Roser died after being accidentally struck by a “hammer” thrown by one of the meet’s participants.

Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org had this to say about the tragedy,

“ I never had the honor of knowing Ethan Rosen in this life. However according to what I have heard, I missed knowing a truly outstanding Christian young man. I was touched by his story. Growing up the son of missionaries, and going on to study for the ministry himself. It is very telling to me that he was giving of his time to his community there at Wheaton College when he departed this life way too early.”

Speaking directly to the family and those at the college Crutchfield continued, “ I extend my deepest condolences to the Rosen Family, and the entire community there at Wheaton. I pray that God’s comfort and strength will endure with the Rosen Family, The Wheaton College Community, and all who knew him as they travel through their grief.”

FaithInspires.Org is a Christian news and information blog read all over the world. Crutchfield is also widely known as a Christian Growth and Healing Expert at SelfGrowth.Com the world’s leading self help website. He was chosen Scriggler.com’s Author of the Month in October 2016 besting hundreds of writers from around the world. He also won Article of the Month there in October and December of 2016.

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This week, the House voted for on one of many school finance bills, House Bill 21. House Bill 21 seeks to spend about $1.6 billion more on school funding by increasing per-student funding, reducing Robin Hood payments made by property-wealthy schools, and increasing funding for schools with dyslexic and bilingual children. House Bill 21 now moves to the Senate for debate. The bill didn’t provide any funding for the $1.6 billion, so as with the budget, I voted for the bill to allow it go to the Senate for real negotiation.

The Texas House also passed House Bill 100, which would create statewide regulations for transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft, and would void the more onerous regulations from cities that drive these companies out.

The House passed House Bill 1352 that would allow cities to donate land they own for economic development. I added an amendment to protect property owners by guaranteeing that the land the city donates must not have been acquired by taking it from property owners by eminent domain.

My Legislation

You can follow all of my bills at  http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=132 , but here a few that made progress this week:

On Monday, I will have a hearing in the Elections Committee on HB 3464HB 3464 aims to institute an innovative way of voting for our nursing home population.  Too often, nursing home residents become targets for those who would steal their vote by filling out their ballot without their input or by using coercion to get votes for a certain candidate. HB 3464 would allow nursing home residents to have their mail ballot delivered to the nursing home and delivered safely to the voting clerk for tabulation.

All of this would be done by election judges from each party in order to prevent undue influence from political operatives or nursing home employees. These election judges have taken an oath to protect the votes of nursing home residents and uphold election law. This type of voting has been in place in Wisconsin for decades and has shown to be very effective.

I will also be laying out 6 other bills, including House Bill 3384 guaranteeing that the school board members you elect can get accurate information from the school districts to represent you.

Earlier, I let you know about  HB 532, which would save taxpayers money by prohibiting the practice of putting short term equipment in a 30 year bond. This bill that would require that bonds match the useful life of any equipment being bought was voted out of the Investment & Financial Services Committee on Thursday, April 20. It now moves to the Calendars Committee for consideration.

Upcoming Hearings

Due to deadlines for  hearing bills in committee, there may be fewer high profile bills being heard. Below are a few bills coming up next week that you might be interested in:

Senate Bill 2067 by Senator Hancock will be heard Tuesday, April 25 in Senate Business & Commerce. It would require banks and other financial institutions to investigate and report on any suspected financial exploitation of senior citizens. These institutions would report to Adult Protective Services.

House Bill 3539 by Rep. Brooks Landgraf would increase the penalty for assault on a pregnant woman. Certain offenses automatically receive an increased penalty if they are especially egregious or they involve a violation of public trust. HB 3539 would add assault of a pregnant woman to offenses that are increased from a Class A misdemeanor to a third degree felony.

In the Public Education Committee,  House Bill 1333, dubbed the Teaching Over Testing Act, will be heard on Wednesday. It aims to move the focus in public education away from standardized testing and back to the classroom through reforms including:

  1. Allowing school districts to select alternative test providers
  2. Reducing the number of tests
  3. Removing STAAR scores from teacher evaluations
  4. Reducing the weight of STAAR scores in A-F ratings

Thousands Join Event That Helps Babies Be Born Healthy
Who: Energized Fort Bend families, businesses and volunteers dedicated to giving more babies a healthy start in life take part the inaugural Fort Bend County March for Babies, the March of Dimes biggest annual event.

What: At March for Babies NICU nursery graduates, families, local area hospitals, and supporters, will hope, remember and celebrate together through interactive experiences along the route.

When: Saturday April 29, 2017
Participants arrive for registration starting at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77498
For more information, visit marchforbabies.org/event/fortbend

Why: Each year in Texas, 40,992 babies are born prematurely. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for babies and those who survive often face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays.

Interviews: The Fort Bend Ambassador family – Kevin and Regina Jones and their two sons Kevin and Dylan. Kevin was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing only 1lbs, 5 ozs – he spent 79 days in the NICU. Due to the previous high risk pregnancy, Regina was put on bedrest for five months during her pregnancy with their second son, Dylan. Due to early detection and monitoring, Dylan spent only two days in the NICU. Today both boys are healthy teenagers – their experience serves as motivation that they can both accomplish anything!

March for Babies Co-Chairs, James and Gay Thompson, as grandparents they have taken on the role of March for Babies Chairmen to raise awareness and important funding for March of Dimes. They have made the commitment to raise $250,000 in the walk’s inaugural year.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, HCA, and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Schlumberger, BakerHostetler, Constellation, Republic Services, MEGlobal, Smart Financial Centre, and Lake Management Services.


(Columbus, TX)  Live music returns to the Columbus Farmers’ market this week when the duo or Waddell and Prause perform on Saturday, April 29th at 9:30 am.  Larry Waddell, originally from Columbus and Eagle Lake, lived in Michigan for several years where he was lead singer in several bands.  He moved to Brenham a few years ago where he now resides.  Russell Prause was born and raised in Columbus and has played in several bands over the last 30 years.  He opened for several Nashville recording artists and has also played in some of their bands.  Prause has performed for Columbus area functions for many years.  Waddell and Prause will play a variety of music from country to rock and roll.

The Columbus Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 9 am to Noon on the Historic Courthouse Square at the corner of Walnut (highway 90) and Travis Street.  Vendors sell everything from breakfast tacos, tamales, hot coffee, fresh produce, homemade baked goods, fresh gulf shrimp, local farm raised beef and poultry, to jewelry, crafts, pies and cakes, plants, jams, jellies, local olive oil, local honey, berries, greens, carrots, beets, squash, handmade soaps, homemade soups, tomatoes, herbs, yummy Filipino egg rolls and lots more.

Visitors may enter a weekly drawing for $50 in Farmers’ Market Merchandise Certificate.  It’s free to enter. One new winner is chosen every week.


HOUSTON (April 24, 2017) – The Houston Symphony celebrates the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with a semi-staged, orchestral version of “Green Eggs and Ham” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017. Led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz, the animated, fun-filled celebration of Dr. Seuss at the Symphony will also feature familiar music from animated television classics and lively musical works that capture the imagination.

Guest vocalists Lauren Pastorek and Kelly Lomonte will join the orchestra in the orchestral adaptation of the popular children’s book. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, this beloved favorite by Dr. Seuss has cemented its place as a children’s classic. Nearly six decades after its initial publication, the book remains a best-selling children’s book.

A native Houstonian, Pastorek was an original cast member in the off-Broadway production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. She has appeared in the national tours of Oklehoma! and My Fair Lady, at the Kennedy Center in Carnival!, and as a soloist with the Houston Grand Opera in the premiere of On This Muddy Water. Lomonte, a high school sophomore and student at the Humphreys School of Musical Theater, has been featured in Theatre Under the Stars’ productions of Mary PoppinsA Christmas StoryThe Music ManOliver!, and Hairspray, among others. Both Pastorek and Lomonte will be making their Houston Symphony debuts.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, published over 60 books during his career, spawning numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series. His work includes several of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies that were translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death 25 years ago. Geisel’s honors include an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, a Peabody Award, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal.

Also on the program is Rossini’s ever-popular Overture to The Barber of Seville, iconic cartoon music like the Looney Tunes Overture and “The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones” theme. With its trotting rhythm reminiscent of peaceful, country roads, Leroy Anderson’s vivid musical snapshot of Americana, Horse and Buggy, will be featured alongside the timpani rolls and cymbal crashes of Thunder and Lightning by Johan Strauss Jr.

An instrument petting zoo, which allows children to hold and play orchestral instruments, as well as a craft activity will be offered in the lobby beginning one hour before the 10 a.m. concert and immediately following the 11:30 a.m. concert. Concertgoers are encouraged to come in Dr. Seuss-inspired costumes.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.


with music from green eggs and ham

Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.

Robert Franz, conductor

Lauren Pastorek, vocalist

Kelly Lomonte, vocalist

Humphreys School of Musical Theater

Sam Brown, director

Tickets from $22

About Robert Franz
As Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Robert Franz leads the Symphony in a broad range of creative educational and family concerts. At the 2016 Houston Symphony Ball, Robert was presented with the Raphael Fliegel Award for Visionary Leadership.

Winner of two Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming accolades, presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Robert galvanizes young audiences with programming celebrating the diverse cultural make up of Greater Houston. Highlights include the world premiere of music from the iconic TV series Schoolhouse Rock! for orchestra. During his tenure, attendance at educational concerts has almost doubled. Reaching out to the community, Robert led highly successful side-by-side events giving musicians from the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the Houston Civic Symphony the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony.

Robert also serves as music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra and previously served as music director of the Boise Philharmonic. In increasing demand as a guest conductor, his upcoming and recent guest conducting engagements include the Cleveland Orchestra; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; St. Louis, Phoenix and Victoria Symphonies; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Italy.

Robert received his master’s degree in conducting and his bachelor’s degree in oboe performance, both from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

When he’s not on the podium, Robert is an avid runner and a proponent of the Alexander technique as a way to move mindfully through life. For more information, please visit www.robertfranz.com.

About Lauren Pastorek

Lauren Pastorek is a native Houstonian who has recently returned home after two decades of performing as a singer/dancer/actress across the United States and Canada. She is thrilled to be making her debut with the Houston Symphony after growing up as a member of the Symphony family. Her parents, musicians Red and Christine Pastorek, recently retired from the Symphony after a combined 95 years of service.

Lauren starred off-Broadway in the original NYC cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes, was on the first national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s Oklahoma!, the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, and the North American tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s My Fair Lady. Lauren was featured at The Kennedy Center in Carnival!, and she appeared in productions at New York City’s Town Hall, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and Encores! at the New York City Center, as well as numerous regional houses across the country including TUTS, Denver Theatre Center and The Ohio Light Opera. Lauren was a leading mezzo for two seasons with The Opera Company of Brooklyn, and she was the first grand prize winner of the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition. Recently, she had the honor of premiering On This Muddy Water as the mezzo soloist with the Houston Grand Opera, and she premiered a set of songs on guitar as a part of HGOco’s Veterans Songbook.

Her recent directing credits include The Addams Family and Legally Blonde at Miller Outdoor Theatre and Into the Woods with HITS Theatre; choreography credits include La Rondine at the Moores School of Music and How to Succeed in Business… at Texas A&M University–Commerce. Lauren is currently the Director of Theatre at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School in Houston.

Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree and received her Master of Music degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

About Kelly Lomonte

Kelly Lomonte is thrilled to be performing with the Houston Symphony for the first time. Kelly is a sophomore at the Laurel Springs School and a student at Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. Her credits include Theatre Under the Stars’ productions of Mary Poppins (Jane Banks), A Christmas Story (Mary Beth), The Music ManOliver!James and the Giant Peach (Spider), Hairspray (Amber von Tussle) and Bring It On. Kelly has also appeared in Wildfish Theatre’s productions of Heathers (Heather Duke), Next to Normal (Natalie), EdgesThe Wiz (Dorothy), Seussical (Bird Girl), Bat Boy (Shelley) and A Chorus Line (Val). She has appeared in iTheatrics Broadway Jr. Choreography DVDs and the film Sometimes. Kelly thanks her friends, teachers and family for their constant support.

About the Houston Symphony
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third 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 Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 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 four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.