Houston Symphony Executive Director & Ceo Mark C. Hanson Tapped To Lead San Francisco Symphony

 The Houston Symphony announced today that Mark C. Hanson, its Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, will step down from his role this summer to join the San Francisco Symphony as Executive Director.  Hanson, who has been at the orchestra’s helm since May 2010 and holds the Margaret Alkek Williams Executive Director/CEO Chair, will begin his new post on September 1. Hanson’s seven-year tenure brought unprecedented artistic, community impact and financial growth to Houston’s largest […]

Houston Symphony Celebrates Life And Legacy Of Prince With Concert Featuring Greatest Hits

The Houston Symphony will celebrate the massive pop music contributions of Prince at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, with a performance of his iconic and eclectic smash hits, complete with a full rock band and lead vocalist. The orchestra will be joined by guest conductor Brent Havens, a Berklee-trained arranger and conductor who has written music for orchestras, films and TV, vocalist Marshall Charloff, front man for The Purple Xperience, and the same band that […]


SPECIAL 1 | June 17, 2017 (7:30 p.m.) THE SUFFERS WITH THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY Steven Reineke, conductor Defined as “Gulf Coast Soul,” Houston-born band The Suffers have emerged as one of the hottest musical acts in the country, with a recent appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Now this homegrown octet is bringing their eclectic spin on blues, soul, country, Caribbean, Cajun and hip-hop to The Woodlands this summer with Principal POPS Conductor […]

Houston Symphony Celebrates 55 Years Of James Bond Films With Program Of Franchise’s Most Iconic Songs

  In celebration of the film franchise that has spanned more than half a century, the Houston Symphony will present the best of James Bond music with Bond & Beyond at 8 p.m. April 28-29 and 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Jones Hall. In his second-to-last concert as Principal POPS Conductor, Michael Krajewski will lead the orchestra and Tony Award-winning vocalist Debbie Gravitte in familiar song favorites from the successful films, including Goldfinger, From Russia […]

Finnish Violinist Elina Vähälä Makes Houston Symphony Debut With John Corigliano’s “Red Violin” Concerto

Acclaimed Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä will make her Houston Symphony at 8 p.m. April 20 and 22 and 2:30 p.m. April 23 in a program of works by Verdi, Respighi and celebrated American living composer John Corigliano . Led by guest conductor Vasily Petrenko, the program begins with Verdi’s Overture to Un giorno di regna, followed by Vähälä’s interpretation of Corigliano’s The Red Violin Concerto, a piece inspired by the composer’s Academy Award-winning film score […]

Tony Award-Winning Actress Phylicia Rashad Joins Houston Symphony For New Semi-Staged Version Of Beethoven’s Fidelio

The Houston Symphony announced today that Tony Award winner and three-time Emmy Award nominee Phylicia Rashad will join the cast of its new semi-staged, concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio, the composer’s only opera, March 31 and April 2. Houston-native Rashad joins the orchestra and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada as a narrator in a streamlined production of Beethoven’s masterpiece, a politically-charged drama that follows the heroic struggles of a devoted wife who disguises herself as a […]


Pink Martini, China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale - credit Chris Hornbecker-

Photos: Pink Martini, China Forbes…. ; Ari Shapiro Pink Martini, the internationally-celebrated “little orchestra” that blurs the barriers between classical, Latin, jazz and classic pop music, returns to the Houston Symphony with special guest Ari Shapiro, co-host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, at 8 p.m. March 17-18 and 7:30 p.m. March 19. Led by Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, Pink Martini returns with lead vocalist China Forbes and Shapiro to put a […]

Young Opera Virtuosos Make Houston Symphony Debuts Under The Direction Of Former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach

Christoph Eschenbach conductor Photo credit LucaPiva

  HOUSTON (Feb. 17, 2017) – Former Houston Symphony Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to Houston to conduct a spiritually-uplifting program of works by Austrian composer Anton Bruckner at 8 p.m. March 3-4, and 2:30 p.m. March 5. Eschenbach is best known by Houston audiences for heightening the orchestra’s national and international reputation in addition to broadening its repertoire during his time as music director from 1988-1999. Under his leadership, the orchestra toured Japan and […]

Houston Symphony Celebrates Mardi Gras With Family Concert And “Carnival Of The Animals”

The Houston Symphony will celebrate Mardi Gras family-style with performances of Mardi Gras Menagerie! at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Jones Hall. The jazzy, fun-filled celebration will be led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz. The program will include Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, including elephants, kangaroos and feathery friends vividly brought to life by the orchestra and duo pianists Scott Holshouser and Steven Dong. Holshouser, the Symphony’s principal keyboardist, has been a […]

Powerhouse Vocalists Join The Houston Symphony In Brand-New Soulful Program Of Music Of Aretha, Prince, Beyoncé And More

Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke

    HOUSTON (Feb. 6, 2017) – The Houston Symphony will celebrate more than 50 years of soul influence Feb. 17-19 with a brand-new show featuring the best of Motown legends as well as today’s hottest R&B entertainers.   R&B Mixtape will take audiences on a trip down memory lane with nostalgic hits that iconic artists like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye made popular as well as contemporary hits by some […]