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Reserve your seats for the "that was the most ridiculously amazing performance I've ever seen" Season.

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There's really no single way to describe everything we have in store this season. The 2013–14 Season is the 100th anniversary of the Houston Symphony. And yet this season will be remembered for even more than this milestone. It will be defined by the amazing performances, spectacular guest artists and ground-breaking special events that will connect symphony and audience in a way like never before.

Table of Contents Special Centennial Concerts...........................5 Your Symphony Concert Experience...........6 Subscriber Rewards.........................................7 2013–14 Classical Season..............................8 2013–14 Pops Season..................................12 2013–14 Family Season................................13 Special Concerts............................................14 Full Season Schedule & Programs...............15 Become a Donor............................................24 Education & Community Programs..............26 Order Season Tickets....................................27


2013–14 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS Spectacular Guest Artists

HANS GRAF

ANDRÉS OROZCO-ESTRADA

Returning as Conductor Laureate

Newly Announced Music Director Designate

JOHN ADAMS

October, January & April

November & April

CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

MIDORI

CHRIS BOTTI

October 18, 19, 20, 2013

April 25, 26, 27, 2014

RENÉE FLEMING

MEGAN HILTY FROM NBC'S SMASH

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH

September 7, 2013

November 15, 16, 17, 2013

May 9, 10, 2014

JOSHUA BELL

JOHN WILLIAMS JOINS YO-YO MA

SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR HOST SIGOURNEY WEAVER

August 30, 31, September 1, 2013

January 31, February 1, 2, 2014

FPO

September 20, 21, 22, 2013

December 5, 2013

May 23, 24, 25, 2014

Favorite Works Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 | Pines of Rome | Elgar's Enigma Variations | Beethoven's Pastoral | Mozart's Jupiter Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody | Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto | The Planets – An HD Odyssey | Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand houstonsymphony.org

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“...the conductor [Orozco-Estrada] focused himself and the orchestra on one goal: bringing the music to life” – Houston Chronicle

Introducing Newly Announced Music Director Designate

Andrés Orozco-Estrada

About Andrés

Colombian-born, Vienna-trained Orozco-Estrada is a dynamic young conductor who is both intensely musical and technically consummate. He radiates warmth and sincerity on and off the podium, and has a special talent for sharing his admiration of music with his audience. A natural communicator, Orozco-Estrada is fluent in Spanish, German and English. He is the Houston Symphony’s first Hispanic music director. Andrés will conduct four weekends of concerts during the Centennial Season as Music Director Designate, and will begin his first full season as Music Director in 2014–15.

Concert Appearances in the 2013–14 Season as Music Director Designate Midori Plays Mendelssohn

Mozart's Jupiter Symphony

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Midori, violin Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Eric Halen, violin Jennifer Owen, violin Haydn: Symphony No. 59, Fire Schnittke: Moz-Art á la Haydn – for two violins and chamber ensemble Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

October 18, 19, 20, 2013

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January 3, 4, 5, 2014

The Planets and Orbit – An HD Odyssey January 9, 11, 12, 2014

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Orbit – An HD Odyssey Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra The Planets – An HD Odyssey Holst: The Planets

Bronfman Plays Beethoven 4 April 17, 18, 19, 2014

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Yefim Bronfman, piano Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 ˇ

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Special Centennial Concerts

June 21, 2013 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Houston Symphony’s first public concert. Join us for these special concerts and community-wide celebrations to commemorate this celebratory centennial year.

Centennial 100th Birthday Concert

Free Community Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday, June 21, 2013, 8:30 pm Robert Franz, conductor Celebrate the kick-off of the Centennial Season with a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre open to all of Houston. The orchestra will perform classical blockbusters like Beethoven’s Ode to Joy with the Houston Symphony Chorus, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and John Williams’ Celebration Fanfare, written for the Houston Symphony. Plus, hear music from The Planets – An HD Odyssey, paired with images of NASA’s exploration of the solar system projected on a giant screen.

Day of Music

A Free Day-Long Celebration of Houston's Musical Diversity Saturday, July 13, 2013, 10 am–10 pm Spend the day at Jones Hall listening to dozens of free performances representing Houston's diverse musical landscape. Begin the day with a family concert in the morning, and end the evening with a concert of favorite symphonic works by the orchestra. In between, hear jazz groups, rock bands, blues artists, ethnic ensembles, choral, chamber music and more. Plus, sample some of Houston's finest food truck fare next door at Jones Plaza.

Opening Night Concert and Gala with Renée Fleming Saturday, September 7, 2013, 7:30 pm Juanjo Mena, conductor The world’s #1 opera superstar Renée Fleming will perform classical favorites, as well as selections from her explorations of Broadway and songs of today. For information on the Opening Night Gala, please contact Sarah Beth Seifert, Manager, Events at: specialevents@houstonsymphony.org or (713) 238-1485. Or, visit page 25 for more details.

John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:30 pm

Centennial Book In honor of this special 100th year milestone, the Houston Symphony has compiled a hard-cover, full-color commemorative book. Drawing on years of archival images, historical facts and interesting anecdotes, the book tells the story of the orchestra's first 100 years. Pre-order this book together with your ticket package purchase today!

Two music superstars and longtime friends join your Houston Symphony for an evening of music by John Williams composed for the concert hall and for some of Hollywood’s most beloved films. Williams and the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the composer’s lush and virtuosic Cello Concerto, followed by thrilling selections from some of his most popular film scores.

Christoph Eschenbach Conducts Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:30 pm Former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to conduct music of one of his favorite composers, Gustav Mahler. Watch in awe as more than 250 musicians, chorus members and vocal soloists join together – complete with a special stage extension – for a once-in-a-lifetime, powerful experience of music. houstonsymphony.org

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YOUR SYMPHONY CONCERT EXPERIENCE Connect more deeply with the music. Create an evening of entertainment.

We help you connect to the ultimate concert experience with insider perspectives on the music before and during your concert, in addition to helpful tips on directions, parking and dining.

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Learn more about the music you're about to hear and get the inside scoop with our free Prelude pre-concert talks, held 45 minutes prior to each classical concert. Hear from guest artists, conductors, Houston Symphony musicians and local classical music experts.

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For even more insights into music, experience our Friday ACCESS concerts, featuring hosted commentary and artist Q&A sessions. See page 11 for more details.

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Directions

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Dine in Style

Explore recommendations for the best ways to get to Jones Hall by visiting the "Plan Your Visit" section of houstonsymphony.org

Enjoy the convenience of prepaid parking. To purchase vouchers in advance, call (713) 224-7575 and speak to one of our patron services representatives. For a parking map, see the "Plan Your Visit" section of houstonsymphony.org

Dine at one of the many restaurants that surround Jones Hall, including Perbacco, Sambuca, Birraporetti's, Bistro Lancaster and more. You can also dine in the convenient in-lobby Encore Café. For a dining guide, see the "Plan Your Visit" section of houstonsymphony.org


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2013–14 CLASSICAL SEASON Piano Concerto 1 Tchaikovsky’s September 12, 14, 15, 2013 Peter Oundjian, conductor Kirill Gerstein, piano Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun Respighi: Pines of Rome

Bell Returns 2 Joshua September 20, 21, 22, 2013

Lawrence Foster, conductor Joshua Bell, violin Mussorgsky: Dance of the Persian Maidens from Khovantchina Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves Elgar: Enigma Variations Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

7 Plus Rachmaninoff 3 Beethoven September 26, 28, 29, 2013 Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Rachmaninoff: The Bells Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Plays Mendelssohn 4 Midori October 18, 19, 20, 2013 Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Midori, violin Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Music Director Designate Concert

Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

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Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 November 21, 23, 24, 2013

Andrey Boreyko, conductor Colin Currie, percussion Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman Rouse: The Forgotten Alberich – Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

and Schumann 5 Mozart October 24, 26, 27, 2013

Pastoral Symphony 8 Beethoven’s November 29, 30, December 1, 2013

Triste Historia – Film and Music 6 La November 1, 2, 3, 2013

Jupiter Symphony 9 Mozart's January 3, 4, 5, 2014

Hannu Lintu, conductor Jonathan Fischer, oboe Salonen: Helix Mozart: Oboe Concerto Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor Revueltas: Redes (Nets) Moncayo: Huapango Trigos: La Triste Historia – with Film

Hans Graf, conductor Ingrid Fliter, piano Grieg: In Autumn Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Eric Halen, violin Jennifer Owen, violin Haydn: Symphony No. 59, Fire Schnittke: Moz-Art á la Haydn – for two violins and chamber ensemble Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Music Director Designate Concert

Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.


"...a lively, colorful performance...from stateliness to brash exuberance, the playing was exemplary..." – The Houston Chronicle

Planets and Orbit – 10 The An HD Odyssey January 9, 11, 12, 2014

Music Director Designate Concert

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Orbit – An HD Odyssey Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra The Planets – An HD Odyssey Holst: The Planets Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

Conducts Adams 11 Adams January 31, February 1, 2, 2014 John Adams, conductor Gil Shaham, violin Timothy McAllister, saxophone Copland: El Salón Mexico Korngold: Violin Concerto Adams: City Noir

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Emanuel Ax Plays Bach February 13, 15, 16, 2014

Hannu Lintu, conductor Emanuel Ax, piano Ravel: Noble and Sentimental Waltzes Bach: Piano Concerto in D minor R. Strauss: Burleske for Piano and Orchestra R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Rhapsody 13 Rachmaninoff’s February 28, March 1, 2, 2014

James Gaffigan, conductor Daniil Trifonov, piano Picker: Old and Lost Rivers Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Romeo and Juliet 16 Tchaikovsky’s April 10, 12, 13, 2014

Hans Graf, conductor Johannes Moser, cello Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3

Serenade For Strings 14 Tchaikovsky's Plays Beethoven 4 March 6, 8, 9, 2014 17 Bronfman April 17, 18, 19, 2014 Frank Huang, leader and violin soloist Haydn: Symphony No. 39 Piazzolla: Cuatro estaciones porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

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Beethoven’s Mass in C March 21, 22, 23, 2014

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Stravinsky: Pulcinella (complete) Beethoven: Mass in C major

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Yefim Bronfman, piano Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Dvorák: ˇ Symphony No. 8

Music Director Designate Concert

Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert. Due to the Easter holiday, Sunday subscribers will attend on Thursday.

Triple Concerto 18 Beethoven’s May 1, 3, 4, 2014

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Frank Huang, violin Brinton Averil Smith, cello Joyce Yang, piano Bax: Tintagel Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Triple Concerto Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 Programs and artists subject to change.


CLASSICAL CONCERT PACKAGES

"...the excellent Houston Symphony...played a vibrantly colorful performance." – The New York Times

You have options! Choose an 18-, 9- or 6-concert package. Classical concerts are Thursday/Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.

CLASSICAL SERIES

18 concerts on Thursday/Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The ultimate Houston Symphony experience! Purchase all 18 concerts and save up to 30% off the cost of individual tickets.

SPECTRUM

9 concerts on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday

FIRE

9 concerts on Friday, Saturday or Sunday

1 Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto September 12, 14, 15, 2013

1 Joshua Bell Returns September 20, 21, 22, 2013

2 Beethoven 7 Plus Rachmaninoff September 26, 28, 29, 2013

2 Midori Plays Mendelssohn October 18, 19, 20, 2013

3 Mozart and Schumann October 24, 26, 27, 2013

3 La Triste Historia – Film and Music November 1, 2, 3, 2013

4 Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 November 21, 23, 24, 2013

4 Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony November 29, 30, December 1, 2013

5 The Planets and Orbit – An HD Odyssey January 9, 11, 12, 2014

5 Mozart's Jupiter Symphony January 3, 4, 5, 2014

6 Emanuel Ax Plays Bach February 13, 15, 16, 2014

6 Adams Conducts Adams January 31, February 1, 2, 2014

7 Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings March 6, 8, 9, 2014

7 Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody February 28, March 1, 2, 2014

8 Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet April 10, 12, 13, 2014

8 Beethoven's Mass in C March 21, 22, 23, 2014

9 Beethoven’s Triple Concerto May 1, 3, 4, 2014

9 Bronfman Plays Beethoven 4 April 17, 18, 19, 2014

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GOLD CLASSICS

SHELL FAVORITE MASTERS 6 concerts on Friday, Saturday or Sunday

6 concerts on Thursday/Friday, Saturday or Sunday

1 Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto September 12, 14, 15, 2013

1 Joshua Bell Returns September 20, 21, 22, 2013

1 Beethoven 7 Plus Rachmaninoff September 26, 28, 29, 2013

2 Mozart and Schumann October 24, 26, 27, 2013

2 La Triste Historia – Film and Music November 1, 2, 3, 2013

2 Midori Plays Mendelssohn October 18, 19, 20, 2013

3 Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 November 21, 23, 24, 2013

3 Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony November 29, 30, December 1, 2013

3 The Planets and Orbit – An HD Odyssey January 9, 11, 12, 2014

4 Emanuel Ax Plays Bach February 13, 15, 16, 2014

4 Mozart's Jupiter Symphony January 3, 4, 5, 2014

4 Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody February 28, March 1, 2, 2014

5 Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings March 6, 8, 9, 2014

5 Adams Conducts Adams January 31, February 1, 2, 2014

5 Bronfman Plays Beethoven 4 April 17, 18, 19, 2014

6 Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet April 10, 12, 13, 2014

6 Beethoven's Mass in C March 21, 22, 23, 2014

6 Beethoven's Triple Concerto May 1, 3, 4, 2014

6 concerts on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday

SUGAR LAND SERIES

Innovative Concert Formats Sound Plus Vision and ACCESS concerts bring you closer to the music by combining symphonic performances with multimedia experiences that include visuals, insightful commentary, text translations, Q&A's and much more!

SOUND PLUS VISION

6 concerts on Thursday/Friday, Saturday or Sunday These concerts combine music with concert video, dialogue, images or special lighting. Please note that Sound Plus Vision subscribers sit in different seats for each concert.

1 Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto September 12, 14, 15, 2013 2 La Triste Historia – Film and Music November 1, 2, 3, 2013 3 Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 November 21, 23, 24, 2013 4 The Planets and Orbit – An HD Odyssey January 9, 11, 12, 2014 5 Adams Conducts Adams January 31, February 1, 2, 2014

GREAT PERFORMERS

ACCESS SERIES

3 concerts on Fridays Enjoy three concerts that conveniently begin and end earlier, while connecting you more deeply with the music. Prior to the performance, get insight about the music from concert host Miles Hoffman, NPR's Morning Edition music commentator, and then stick around post-concert for a casual Q & A session with the artists. ACCESS concerts begin at 7:30 pm and do not include intermission.

3 concerts on Thursday/Friday

1 Midori Plays Mendelssohn Thursday, October 17, 2013 2 Handel's Messiah Thursday, December 19, 2013 3 Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Featuring Frank Huang Friday, March 14, 2014

Please note that ACCESS subscribers sit in different seats for each concert. There is no Prelude pre-concert talk before ACCESS concerts.

1 Midori Plays Mendelssohn October 18, 2013 2 Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody Februrary 28, 2014 3 Bronfman Plays Beethoven 4 April 18, 2014

6 Beethoven's Mass in C March 21, 22, 23, 2014 Sound Plus Vision is supported in part by Margaret Alkek Williams and The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Endowed Fund for Creative Initiatives. houstonsymphony.org

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2013–14 POPS SEASON 1

Cirque de la Symphonie

August 30, 31, September 1, 2013

Michael Krajewski, conductor Kicking off the Houston Symphony’s Centennial Pops Season, daredevil cirque performers meet fiery symphonic music. Watch in awe as aerial artists defy gravity, acrobats and jugglers bring you to the edge of your seat, and strongmen move in ways you’ve never thought possible.

POPS Presenting Sponsor

at Jones Hall Merry Pops 4 Very December 13, 14, 15, 2013

Years of Broadway 7 100 March 28, 29, 30, 2014

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Botti 8 Chris April 25, 26, 27, 2014

Michael Krajewski, conductor Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Very Merry Pops returns this Centennial Season with all the holiday music you love. Get in the spirit with favorites like “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Plus, experience a special piece, Glad Tidings, featuring spiritual leaders from the Houston community as guest narrators.

Please note: In order to accomodate families, this program's Sunday performance has been moved to 2:30 pm.

Soul 2 Classic October 4, 5, 6, 2013

Michael Krajewski, conductor Capathia Jenkins, Darius de Haas, vocalist Classic Soul is back! Join Mike and guest vocalists for music from the kings and queens of classic soul with songs like “Natural Woman,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

be a Lady 3 Luck Starring Megan Hilty from NBC’s Smash November 15, 16, 17, 2013

Steven Reineke, conductor Megan Hilty, Aaron Lazar, vocalists Megan Hilty, the multi-talented star of NBC’s Smash and Broadway musicals Wicked and 9 to 5, will sing tunes made famous by stars like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Dolly Parton. Hear cherished songs such as “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Night and Day” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

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The Soundtrack of Our Lives with Tony DeSare January 24, 25, 26, 2014

Michael Krajewski, conductor Tony DeSare, singer/pianist Described by the New York Times as “two parts young Sinatra to one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly,” singer/pianist Tony DeSare premieres a new orchestra program featuring his fresh and honest approach to today's standards including hits, “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Kiss” and “You Give Love A Bad Name.”

of the Mad Men Era 6 Music February 21, 22, 23, 2014

Steven Reineke, conductor Ryan Silverman, vocalist Snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 50s and 60s, a time when Bossa Nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip and catchy dance music spun on every hi-fi. You’ll hear “It’s Not Unusual,” “Bésame Mucho,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Michael Krajewski, conductor Christiane Noll, Rachel York, Christopher Johnstone, vocalists Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Enjoy a night encompassing American musical theater’s absolute greatest hits. You’ll hear songs like “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, “Circle of Life” from The Lion King and “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.

With his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, superstar trumpeter Chris Botti is heading back to Houston to perform some of his favorite tunes along with music from his newest CD “Impressions.”

9 Symphonic Spectacular! See the Music

With Host Sigourney Weaver May 23, 24, 25, 2014

Michael Krajewski, conductor Sigourney Weaver, host Elliott Forrest, producer Host Sigourney Weaver guides you on an exploration of symphonic music’s most beloved hits, with stunning high definition video imagery and lighting. Experience “Waltz of the Flowers,” “1812 Overture” and “Flight of the Bumblebee” like never before.


2013-14 FAMILY SEASON

POPS CONCERT PACKAGES You can choose a 9- or 6-concert package. POPS concerts are Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm.

RAND G ROUP

For our 2013–14 Centennial Family Season, Associate Conductor Robert Franz has planned a series of family concerts that not only feature our own Houston Symphony musicians, but bring together special guest partners like The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Theater Under the Stars and the High School for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss these fun, informative, hilarious, and simply delightful musical adventures on Saturday mornings.

Peter and The Wolf

FULL 9-CONCERT SERIES

Subscribe to the 9-concert POPS series for the best value! Save up to 35% off single ticket prices and join us as we explore the music you know and love.

"I LIKE MIKE" 6-CONCERT SERIES

6 concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday led by our Principal Pops Conductor. For more than a decade, Mike Krajewski has endeared Houston audiences to his characteristic wit, wry humor and entertaining POPS programming.

1 Cirque de la Symphonie August 30, 31, September 1, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 10 am & 11:30 am Robert Franz, conductor

No piece is more of a family classic than Peter and the Wolf. This favorite work will be brought to life through narration by Alley Theatre actor Jeffrey Bean, and joined by a cast of characters speaking through the instruments of the orchestra. Come dressed as your favorite character!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Saturday, December 14, 10 am & 11:30 am Robert Franz, conductor

2 Classic Soul October 4, 5, 6, 2013

Music will tell the beloved Dr. Seuss tale of the grouchy creature with a heart “two sizes too small,” his loyal dog Max, and their encounters with the merry and warm-hearted Whos. A guest vocalist from the Houston Grand Opera Studio will join a local high school chorus and the musicians of the Houston Symphony to take you into the world of Whoville.

3 Very Merry Pops December 13, 14, 15, 2013

Wild, Wild West!

4 The Soundtrack of Our Lives with Tony DeSare January 24, 25, 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 10 am & 11:30 am Robert Franz, conductor

Join us for a program that explores the sights and the sounds of the wild West! Head out to the range with music from Hoedown and Billy the Kid. Dive into what makes Texas, Texas, when a rodeo cowboy and performers from Theater Under the Stars help us explore our western heritage through song.

5 100 Years of Broadway March 28, 29, 30, 2014 6 Symphonic Spectacular! See the Music May 23, 24, 25, 2014

Belle of the Ball

Saturday, April 26, 10 am & 11:30 am Robert Franz, conductor

Featuring music from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and more. Even today, nothing is more magical than getting dressed up and going to a ball! Graceful ballet dancers will partner with the Symphony, together with the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Chorale, to create the atmosphere of a royal ball. Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor

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Renée Fleming, soprano

2013–14 SYMPHONY SPECIALS

Symphony Specials are available to subscribers before the general public. Seats for these premium events will go fast, so become a subscriber now to secure your place for these once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences!

Opening Night with Renée Fleming Saturday, September 7, 2013

Juanjo Mena, conductor Join us as we open our Centennial Season with three-time GRAMMY® award winner and vocal superstar, Renée Fleming. The diva will captivate you with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence as she joins the Houston Symphony to perform classical favorites, as well as selections from her explorations of Broadway and songs of today. Seats will go on sale to the general public on August 1, 2013. Make this evening a black-tie experience and attend the Opening Night Gala. Please note: a Gala ticket includes your concert ticket in priority seating. For more details on the Gala, see page 25, or contact: Sarah Beth Seifert, Manager, Events at: specialevents@houstonsymphony.org or (713) 238-1485. Opening Night is also supported in part by, The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation/Palmetto Partners Ltd.

John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Two music superstars and longtime friends join your Houston Symphony for an evening of music by John Williams composed for the concert hall and for some of Hollywood’s most beloved films. Williams and the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the composer’s lush and virtuosic Cello Concerto, followed by thrilling selections from some of his most popular film scores. Seats will go on sale to the general public on October 1, 2013. VIP Ticket Including Meet and Greet with the Artists $1,000 For information on the Opening Night Gala, please contact Sarah Slemmons, Patron Donor Relations Manager at: Sarah.Slemmons@houstonsymphony.org or (713) 337-8528.

Handel’s Messiah

Friday-Sunday, December 20, 21, 22, 2013

Nicholas McGegan, conductor Delight in Houston’s premiere performance of Handel’s transcendent and revered masterpiece – Messiah – performed by the Houston Symphony, Chorus and star soloists. Experience the powerful words and music of beloved choruses and arias like “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted,” “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion,” “Rejoice Greatly” and the timeless “Hallelujah” chorus. Seats will go on sale to the general public on August 1, 2013. Steve Tyrell, vocalist

Steve Tyrell & Friends

Thursday, March 13, 2014

With a little help from his friends, GRAMMY® award winning vocalist and Houston hero Steve Tyrell returns to the Jones Hall stage. Legendary friends will cameo with Steve Tyrell and the Houston Symphony for a night filled with once-in-a-lifetime performances of American standards. Hear favorites like, "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Simple Life" and "Crush on You." Seats will go on sale to the general public on November 1, 2013.

Christoph Eschenbach Conducts Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to conduct two spectacular evenings of music from one of his favorite composers. Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is commonly referred to as the “Symphony of a Thousand” due to the huge number of performers required on stage. Watch in awe as more than 250 musicians, chorus members and vocal soloists join together – complete with a special stage extension – for a once-in-a-lifetime, powerful experience of music. Seats will go on sale to the general public on January 1, 2014. For all Symphony Specials pricing, please see page 27.


Full Season Schedule & Programs

2013–14 SEASON

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER POPS CONCERT 1

CLASSICAL CONCERT 2

Cirque de la Symphonie

Joshua Bell Returns

Michael Krajewski, conductor The Houston Symphony’s Centennial POPS Season begins as daredevil cirque performers meet fiery symphonic music. Watch in awe as aerial artists defy gravity, acrobats and jugglers bring you to the edge of your seat, and strongmen move in ways you’ve never thought possible. Since their Houston debut in 2006, Cirque de la Symphonie has performed to sold-out, enthusiastic crowds around the world. Join us as they return to help start our centennial in highoctane style.

Lawrence Foster, conductor Joshua Bell, violin Mussorgsky: Dance of the Persian Maidens from Khovantchina Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves Elgar: Enigma Variations Superstar Joshua Bell takes the stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, complete with heartbreaking melodies and fiery virtuosity. On the podium, former Music Director Lawrence Foster conducts the Houston Symphony in a performance of Elgar’s nuanced musical characterizations of his dearest friends – the Enigma Variations.

August 30, 31, September 1, 2013

Please note: In order to accomodate families, this concert's Sunday performance has been moved to 2:30 pm.

Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

Opening Night with Renée Fleming

CLASSICAL CONCERT 3

Juanjo Mena, conductor Renée Fleming, soprano Join us as we open our Centennial Season with three-time GRAMMY® award winner and vocal superstar, Renée Fleming. The diva will captivate you with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence as she joins the Houston Symphony to perform classical favorites, as well as selections from her explorations of Broadway and songs of today.

CLASSICAL CONCERT 1

Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto September 12, 14, 15, 2013

Kirill Gerstein, piano

Joshua Bell, violin

SYMPHONY SPECIAL

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Renée Fleming, soprano

September 20, 21, 22, 2013

Peter Oundjian, conductor Kirill Gerstein, piano Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun Respighi: Pines of Rome Pianist Kirill Gerstein returns to Houston to captivate you with the delicate melodies and explosive fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The evening will come to a raucous conclusion with blazing trumpets as the Consular Army marches along the Appian Way in Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

Beethoven 7 Plus Rachmaninoff September 26, 28, 29, 2013

Matthew Halls, conductor Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Rachmaninoff: The Bells Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Relish a great masterpiece of music that Beethoven himself called “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.” The Seventh Symphony’s Allegretto movement became famous from the very start, when the public demanded an encore at its first performance. Also on the program is Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe poem. Hear the orchestra and chorus create tonal colors that suggest the sounds of bells, from the merriment of silver bells to the heart-pounding excitement of alarm bells.

“Cirque de la Symphonie dazzles and defies death.” – The San Francisco Examiner

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2013–14 SEASON

OCTOBER

POPS CONCERT 2

CLASSICAL CONCERT 5

Classic Soul

Mozart and Schumann

Michael Krajewski, conductor Capathia Jenkins, vocalist Darius de Haas, vocalist Classic Soul is back! Join Mike and guest vocalists for an evening of smooth grooves, easy rhythms and timeless top 40 hits of this iconic genre. Hear music from the kings and queens of classic soul, including Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Feel the spirit of an era with songs like “Natural Woman,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Me and Mrs. Jones.” Then, tap your toes to the rhythms of hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

Hannu Lintu, conductor Jonathan Fischer, oboe Salonen: Helix Mozart: Oboe Concerto Schumann: Symphony No. 2 “The Mozart Oboe Concerto is such a cheerful piece. It's as fun to play as it is to listen to!” –Jonathan Fischer, Principal Oboe Our newly appointed Principal Oboe Jonathan Fischer takes the solo limelight in Mozart’s tuneful Oboe Concerto. The twenty-one-yearold Mozart was just beginning to write a series of showcase pieces – both for himself and for his friends – that would later become some of his most important works. Also enjoy Robert Schumann’s burst of inspiration in his Symphony No. 2. Its energetic and whimsical Scherzo – with a sweet and melodious second theme – is one of the composer’s most famous works.

October 4, 5, 6, 2013

Capathia Jenkins, vocalist

CLASSICAL CONCERT 4

Midori Plays Mendelssohn October 18, 19, 20, 2013

Midori, violin

Music Director Designate Concert

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Midori, violin Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 The unrivaled Midori joins Music Director Designate Andrés OrozcoEstrada and the Houston Symphony to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. When she lifts her violin to her shoulder, experience the unique intimacy of Midori’s playing, singing out Mendelssohn’s heartrending passages with grace and delicacy. Then, let the Houston Symphony immerse you in the luxurious romance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

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October 24, 26, 27, 2013

Hannu Lintu, conductor

FAMILY CONCERT 1

Peter and The Wolf

October 26, 2013, 10 am & 11:30 am

Robert Franz, conductor No piece is more of a family classic than Peter and the Wolf. This favorite work will be brought to life through narration by Alley Theatre actor, Jeffrey Bean, and joined by a cast of characters speaking through the instruments of the orchestra. Come dressed as your favorite character!


2013–14 SEASON

NOVEMBER

CLASSICAL CONCERT 6

CLASSICAL CONCERT 7

La Triste Historia – Film and Music

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor Revueltas: Redes (Nets) Moncayo: Huapango Trigos: La Triste Historia – with Film Enter the spirit of El Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – with La Triste Historia. Renowned Mexican composer Juan Trigos, director Ben Young Mason and executive producer Duncan Copp have created a perfect marriage of music and film. The ancient tradition – the Day of the Dead – inspired the film’s powerful storyline, framed within the ancient celebration when spirits emerge to once more walk upon the Earth. Follow the dreamlike tale of the tragic love of two young people, set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution.

Andrey Boreyko, conductor Colin Currie, percussion Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman Rouse: The Forgotten Alberich – Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 Tchaikovsky poured intense determination into his Fourth Symphony in an attempt to transcend his own life’s crises. Travel through this masterpiece, from meditation to rising excitement, to joyous triumph. But first, percussion wizard Colin Currie returns to the Houston Symphony stage to lend his talent and showmanship to Christopher Rouse’s The Forgotten Alberich.

November 1, 2, 3, 2013

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

November 21, 23, 24, 2013

Colin Currie, percussion

POPS CONCERT 3

CLASSICAL CONCERT 8

Luck be a Lady

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Starring Megan Hilty from NBC's Smash November 15, 16, 17, 2013

Megan Hilty, vocalist

Steven Reineke, conductor Megan Hilty, vocalist Aaron Lazar, vocalist Time Magazine calls her “the new princess of Broadway.” Megan Hilty, the multi-talented star of NBC’s Smash and Broadway musicals Wicked and 9 to 5, is heading to the Houston Symphony stage to pay a special tribute to the tunes made famous by stars like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Dolly Parton. Hear cherished songs, “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “The Best is Yet to Come” and “9 to 5.” The show wouldn’t be complete without the beloved classics “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “New York, New York,” as well as popular songs of Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and music from Ms. Hilty’s upcoming album.

November 29, 30, December 1, 2013

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Hans Graf, conductor Ingrid Fliter, piano Grieg: In Autumn Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral Beethoven wrote to a friend, “no one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear.” The Pastoral brings you back to nature with its musical depiction of the countryside, punctuated with sweet birdsongs, the first drops of an unexpected storm, violent thunderclaps and the joyous return of the sun. Also on the program, the hummable melodies and achingly beautiful Adagio of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, performed by Ingrid Fliter.

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2013–14 SEASON

DECEMBER

SYMPHONY SPECIAL

FAMILY CONCERT 2

John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

John Williams, conductor Yo-Yo Ma, cello Two music superstars and longtime friends join your Houston Symphony for an evening of music by John Williams composed for the concert hall and for some of Hollywood’s most beloved films. Williams and the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the composer’s lush and virtuosic Cello Concerto, followed by thrilling selections from some of his most popular film scores.

Robert Franz, conductor Music will tell the beloved 1957 Dr. Seuss tale of the grouchy creature with a heart “two sizes too small,” his loyal dog Max, and their encounters with the merry and warm-hearted Whos. A guest vocalist from the Houston Grand Opera Studio will join a local high school chorus and the musicians of the Houston Symphony to take you into the world of Whoville. Bring your entire family for this delightful celebration of the holiday!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 14, 2013, 10 am & 11:30 am

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

POPS CONCERT 4

SYMPHONY SPECIAL

Very Merry Pops

Handel's Messiah

Michael Krajewski, conductor Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director A Houston Symphony tradition, Very Merry Pops returns this Centennial Season with all the holiday music you love. Plus, experience a special piece, Glad Tidings, featuring spiritual leaders from the Houston community as guest narrators. Commissioned by the Houston Symphony in 2003, this musical journey through the story of the first Christmas will warm your heart and help you remember the true meaning of Christmas. Get in the holiday spirit with favorites like “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

Nicholas McGegan, conductor Dominique Labelle, soprano Christopher Ainslie, countertenor Thomas Cooley, tenor Douglas Williams, baritone Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Handel: Messiah Delight in Houston’s premiere performance of Handel’s transcendent and revered masterpiece – Messiah – performed by the Houston Symphony, Chorus and star soloists. Experience the powerful words and music of beloved choruses and arias like “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted,” “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion,” “Rejoice Greatly” and the timeless “Hallelujah” chorus.

December 13, 14, 15, 2013

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December 20, 21, 22, 2013


2013–14 SEASON

JANUARY

CLASSICAL CONCERT 9

Mozart's Jupiter Symphony January 3, 4, 5, 2014

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor

POPS CONCERT 5

Music Director Designate Concert

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Eric Halen, violin Jennifer Owen, violin Haydn: Symphony No. 59, Fire Schnittke: Moz-Art á la Haydn – for two violins and chamber ensemble Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter Celebrate the New Year with two of classical music’s great superstars. All-time favorite Mozart, whose brilliance shines through in his sublime final symphony. In the Jupiter Symphony, drama, joy and energy are presented with the composer’s trademark elegance. The program opens by turning up the heat with the equally exciting Fire Symphony by Haydn.

The Soundtrack of Our Lives with Tony DeSare January 24, 25, 26, 2014

Tony DeSare, pianist/vocalist

Michael Krajewski, conductor Tony DeSare, singer/pianist Described by the New York Times as “two parts young Sinatra to one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly,” singer/pianist Tony DeSare premieres a new orchestra program with the Houston Symphony featuring Tony's fresh and honest approach to today's standards, including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Kiss,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Takin' It To the Streets,” “Faithfully,” “You Give Love A Bad Name” and other cherished hits by James Taylor, Carole King and Stevie Wonder.

Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

CLASSICAL CONCERT 10

The Planets and Orbit – An HD Odyssey

Music Director Designate Concert

January 9, 11, 12, 2014

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Women of the Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Orbit – An HD Odyssey Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra The Planets – An HD Odyssey Holst: The Planets In this unprecedented multimedia event, the Houston Symphony will perform a back-to-back lineup of the first two installments in the HD Odyssey film series – The Planets and Orbit. See striking images, shown on a giant screen above the orchestra, taken from NASA’s missions to Earth’s orbit, accompanied by Strauss’ epic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra. Then, watch in awe as images of NASA’s exploration of the solar system are brought to life in vivid form with the orchestra’s performance of Holst’s The Planets.

FAMILY CONCERT 3

Wild, Wild West!

January 25, 2014, 10 am & 11:30 am

Robert Franz, conductor Before moving to Jones Hall in 1966, the Symphony and the Rodeo were neighbors at The Music Hall and The Coliseum. Join us as we honor this historical connection during our Centennial Season with a program that explores the sights and the sounds of the wild West. Head out to the range with music from Hoedown and Billy the Kid. Dive into what makes Texas, Texas, when a rodeo cowboy and performers from Theater Under the Stars help us explore our western heritage through song.

Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

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2013–14 SEASON

FEBRUARY

CLASSICAL CONCERT 11

POPS CONCERT 6

Adams Conducts Adams

Music of the Mad Men Era

John Adams, conductor Gil Shaham, violin Timothy McAllister, saxophone Copland: El Salón Mexico Korngold: Violin Concerto Adams: City Noir America’s foremost composer John Adams will take you on a musical adventure through shadowy urban streets and blazing hot nightclubs in his own City Noir. But first, the incomparable Gil Shaham will join for a performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which features musical quotations from the composer’s own Hollywood film scores of the 1930s.

Steven Reineke, conductor Ryan Silverman, vocalist Snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 50s and 60s, a time when Bossa Nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip and catchy dance music spun on every hi-fi. Hear Ryan Silverman sing tunes such as “It’s Not Unusual,” “Bésame Mucho,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “I (Who Have Nothing)” and other flashy tunes from this retro era that has recently made a resurgence in every facet of pop culture.

January 31, February 1, 2, 2014

John Adams, conductor

February 21, 22, 23, 2014

Ryan Silverman, vocalist

CLASSICAL CONCERT 12

CLASSICAL CONCERT 13

Emanuel Ax Plays Bach

Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody

Hannu Lintu, conductor Emanuel Ax, piano Ravel: Noble and Sentimental Waltzes Bach: Piano Concerto in D minor R. Strauss: Burleske for Piano and Orchestra R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Marvel at the genius of J.S. Bach as beloved pianist Emanual Ax illuminates the Piano Concerto in D minor with his keen intelligence and musical poetry. On the second half of this program, hear the most delightful romp in Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

James Gaffigan, conductor Daniil Trifonov, piano Picker: Old and Lost Rivers Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition winner Daniil Trifonov recreates the fiery flourishes, intriguing romance and devilish finale of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody. The excitement will continue when conductor James Gaffigan leads the orchestra in the Symphony that earned Shostakovich a 40-minute ovation at its premiere. Its final relentless crescendo will have you on your feet with its pounding timpani and majestic final chords.

February 28, March 1, 2, 2014

February 13, 15, 16, 2014

Emanuel Ax, piano

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James Gaffigan, conductor


2013–14 SEASON

MARCH

CLASSICAL CONCERT 14

CLASSICAL CONCERT 15

Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings

Beethoven's Mass in C

Frank Huang, leader and violin soloist Haydn: Symphony No. 39 Piazzolla: Cuatro estaciones porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings “Beautiful themes, graceful waltzes and an exciting finale – Tchaikovsky’s Serenade has everything you could ask for in a piece!” –Concertmaster Frank Huang Concertmaster Frank Huang, playing a double role as both leader and soloist, will balance the delicacy of Tchaikovsky with the fierce solo tango lines of Piazzolla’s Cuatro estaciones porteñas. Its hints of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons only serve to heighten Piazzolla’s sultry melodies. The heat in this music will sweep you into the South American climate and lively atmosphere of Buenos Aires.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Stravinsky: Pulcinella (complete) Beethoven: Mass in C major In this program of extraordinary contrasts and similarities, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts works of two great composers – Beethoven and Stravinsky. Beethoven continues a revered tradition from the 18th century in his soaring and peaceful Mass in C. Stravinsky, by contrast, takes inspiration from the 18th century for his ballet Pulcinella, but spices up the music with scattered, piquant harmonies and an infectious sense of humor.

March 6, 8, 9, 2014

Frank Huang, violin

March 21, 22, 23, 2014

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor

SYMPHONY SPECIAL

POPS CONCERT 7

Steve Tyrell & Friends

100 Years of Broadway

Thursday March 13, 2014

March 28, 29, 30, 2014

With a little help from his friends, GRAMMY® award winning vocalist and Houston hero Steve Tyrell returns to the Jones Hall stage. Legendary friends will cameo with Steve Tyrell and the Houston Symphony for a night filled with once-in-a-lifetime performances of American standards. Hear favorites like, "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Simple Life" and "Crush on You."

Steve Tyrell

Michael Krajewski, Principal Pops Conductor

Michael Krajewski, conductor Christiane Noll, vocalist Rachel York, vocalist Christopher Johnstone, vocalist Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director In honor of the Houston Symphony’s Centennial, Michael Krajewski has assembled a night that encompasses American musical theater’s greatest hits. Utilizing three Broadway stars and the Houston Symphony Chorus, you’ll hear songs like “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, “Circle of Life” from The Lion King and “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. We’ll also celebrate the most popular hits of composers Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

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2013–14 SEASON

APRIL

CLASSICAL CONCERT 16

POPS CONCERT 8

Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet

Chris Botti

Hans Graf, conductor Johannes Moser, cello Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 Conductor Laureate Hans Graf leads the Symphony in a powerful all-Russian program. First, hear the ripening love and impending tragedy in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Then, see rising-star cellist Johannes Moser perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, a piece that earned him a special prize in addition to the top prize in the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition. Finally, thrill to the frenzied passages and crazed sliding melodies of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3.

Chris Botti, trumpet With his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, superstar Chris Botti is heading back to Houston to perform some of his favorite tunes along with music from his newest CD Impressions. Since the release of his 2004 CD When I Fall in Love, Botti has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist having appeared in countless PBS specials, and earned four #1 Jazz Albums and multiple GRAMMY® Awards throughout his career. Don't miss this incredible trumpet talent, performing together with your Houston Symphony.

April 10, 12, 13, 2014

Hans Graf, conductor

CLASSICAL CONCERT 17

Bronfman Plays Beethoven 4 April 17, 18, 19, 2014

Yefim Bronfman, piano

Music Director Designate Concert

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Yefim Bronfman, piano Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 ˇ The Los Angeles Times speaks of GRAMMY® Winner pianist Yefim Bronfman’s “technical prowess and unforced showmanship.” The virtuoso returns to Houston to lend both depth and brilliance to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Music Director Designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada then brings out the exuberant woodwind melodies and carefree waltzes of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8. ˇ Due to the Easter holiday, Sunday subscribers will attend on Thursday. Note: Due to high demand, exchanges will not be allowed into this concert.

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April 25, 26, 27, 2014

Chris Botti, trumpet

FAMILY CONCERT 4

Belle of the Ball

April 26, 2014, 10 am & 11:30 am

Robert Franz, conductor Featuring music from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and more. Even today, nothing is more magical than getting dressed up and going to a ball! Graceful dancers will partner with the Symphony, together with the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Chorale, to create the atmosphere of a royal ball. Dress as a prince, princess, the beast, or other magical characters.


2013–14 SEASON

MAY

CLASSICAL CONCERT 18

POPS CONCERT 9

Beethoven's Triple Concerto

Symphonic Spectacular! See the Music

May 1, 3, 4, 2014

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor Frank Huang, violin Brinton Averil Smith, cello Joyce Yang, piano Bax: Tintagel Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Triple Concerto Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 The Houston Symphony’s Concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith join pianist Joyce Yang for a moving performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. After intermission, take in the brooding mystery of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. In the last movement of this work, hear a glorious horn theme paint a picture of the summer sun coming through the parting clouds.

With Host Sigourney Weaver May 23, 24, 25, 2014

Sigourney Weaver, host

Michael Krajewski, conductor Sigourney Weaver, host Elliott Forrest, producer With host Sigourney Weaver as your guide, the Houston Symphony closes the Centennial Season with a special spotlight on the orchestra. Visually explore the world’s most beloved symphonic music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “1812 Overture” and “Flight of the Bumblebee” paired with stunning high definition video, stills and animations ranging from nature to outer space, and everything in between. Enhanced by stunning lighting and theatrical effects, this spectacle of imagery and music provides an experience that is stirring, poignant, hilarious and inspiring.

SYMPHONY SPECIAL

Christoph Eschenbach Conducts Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand May 9, 10, 2014

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Houston Symphony Chorus Charles Hausmann, director Mahler: Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand Former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to conduct two spectacular evenings of music from one of his favorite composers. Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is commonly referred to as the “Symphony of a Thousand” due to the huge number of performers required on stage. Watch in awe as more than 250 musicians, chorus members and vocal soloists join together – complete with a special stage extension – for a once-in-a-lifetime, powerful experience of music.

"...the orchestra went along for the ride, rendering this performance hair-raising on many accounts." – CultureMap.com

Note: All programs and artists are subject to change.

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BECOME A DONOR - ENHANCE YOUR CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Enhance your concert experience at Jones Hall by becoming a Houston Symphony donor. Enjoy exclusive benefits like VIP premium ticketing services, complimentary valet parking, access to the Jones Hall Green Room or Patron Donor Lounge, invitations to private rehearsals, salon concerts and more!

Benefit Spotlight Patron Donor Lounge Enjoy complimentary beverages and interact with fellow Houston Symphony donors before concerts and during intermission at the Patron Donor Lounge open during all Houston Symphony performances at Jones Hall, including POPS concerts! The Patron Donor Lounge is located on the third level of the Grand Foyer Lobby just below the Round Bar. The Patron Donor Lounge is an exclusive benefit for donors who support at the Patron level and above with annual gifts of $1,000 or more.

Green Room and Valet Service Conductor’s Circle donors supporting the Houston Symphony with annual gifts of $5,000 or more receive year-round access to the Green Room, the Symphony’s most exclusive donor lounge at Jones Hall, where they have the opportunity to mingle with the Symphony’s most generous supporters and meet orchestra leadership and musicians. Additionally, donors at this level receive the benefit of valet parking at Jones Hall, a service available for all Houston Symphony performances. For more information about giving levels and benefits, please visit houstonsymphony.org or contact Darryl de Mello, Annual Fund Manager, at (713) 337-8529 or Darryl.DeMello@houstonsymphony.org; or Mark Folkes, Director, Individual Giving and Major Gifts at (713) 337-8521 or Mark.Folkes@houstonsymphony.org.

Conductor's Circle: $5,000+ ∙ VIP premium ticketing services ∙ Complimentary season access to valet parking ∙ Season access to the Green Room

Grand Patron: $2,500–$4,999 ∙ Invitation to all private rehearsals (four total) ∙ One time use Green Room pass ∙ One time use valet parking pass

Patron: $1,000–$2,499 ∙ Season access to the Patron Donor Lounge ∙ Invitation to a Houston Symphony Insider Event ∙ Invitation to an additional private rehearsal (three total)

Director: $500–$999 ∙ Monthly recognition in Houston Symphony Magazine ∙ One time use Patron Donor Lounge pass

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SPECIAL CENTENNIAL EVENTS

THANK YOU TO OUR INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS.

The Houston Symphony salutes our corporate, foundation and government partners whose generosity allows the orchestra to reach new heights in music, education and community engagement for the Greater Houston area and Gulf Coast region.

Opening Night Gala – An Evening with Renée Fleming

For further information on becoming a corporate or foundation donor to the Houston Symphony please call Brandon VanWaeyenberghe at (713) 337-8520 or Peter Yenne at (713) 337-8522.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Corporations $100,000 or more + ‡

Official Television Partner

POPS Presenting Sponsor

Official Airline

Official Health Care Provider

$50,000 or more ‡ *‡

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Rose Hill Meadows Corporation

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Individual tickets for Concert and Black-Tie Dinner start at $1,000 Concert Seating and Tables for Ten start at $7,500

Centennial Wine Dinner and Auction Friday, March 7, 2014

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$100,000–$499,999

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Houston Endowment Houston Symphony Endowment ‡ Houston Symphony League + The Wortham Foundation, Inc. City of Houston and Theater District Improvement, ‡ The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts

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Albert & Margaret Alkek Foundation M. D. Anderson Foundation‡ The Brown Foundation, Inc.‡ The Cullen Foundation ‡ The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ‡ The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation

$50,000–$99,999

John P. McGovern Foundation + The Humphreys Foundation Ray C. Fish Foundation +

$25,000–$49,999

Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation ‡ National Endowment for the Arts+ Sterling-Turner Foundation‡

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Jones Hall Lindy & John Rydman, Chairmen Lisa & Hermen Key, Chairmen Join us for one of the most celebrated events of the Symphony Season, as you sit on the stage of Jones Hall, enjoying a delectable multi-course menu, carefully paired with wines selected by The Rydmans and The Keys, two generations of leaders at Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods. Connoisseurs will also have the opportunity to bid at our Collector’s Auction, featuring some of the finest wines and wine-related packages – all to support the Houston Symphony! Individual tickets for the Black-Tie Dinner start at $750 Tables for Ten start at $7,500

Foundations and Government Agencies

$500,000–$999,999

Jones Hall and The Corinthian Carolyn & Dr. Mike Mann, Chairmen Kathy & Dr. Paul Mann, Chairmen Be a part of this remarkable event that will kick-off the Houston Symphony’s Centennial Season, as well as the social event season in Houston! Enjoy a sensational Opening Night performance at Jones Hall with opera superstar Renée Fleming and the Houston Symphony. Afterwards, continue the evening with elegance and flair at our Centennial black-tie dinner and dance at The Corinthian, featuring the incomparable cuisine of Jackson and Company - and the memorable sounds of the Richard Brown Orchestra.

+ Ten years of continuous giving

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The Centennial Ball Saturday, May 17, 2014

Jones Hall Cora Sue & Harry Mach, Chairmen Joella & Steve Mach, Chairmen Make plans to join us for the dramatic culmination of our Centennial Season at the Houston Symphony Centennial Ball. Be a part of history as we celebrate this momentous occasion on a massive stage in Jones Hall, the home of the Houston Symphony. Experience an evening filled with opulence befitting a celebration of one-hundred years of extraordinary music, cuisine and Symphony glamour! Individual tickets for the Centennial Ball start at $3,000 Tables for Ten start at $25,000

For more information about these Centennial Special Events, please contact Sarah Beth Seifert, Manager, Events at: (713) 238-1485 or specialevents@houstonsymphony.org.

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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Impacting Greater Houston Through Live Orchestral Music

With more than 200 performances and events in nearly 90 venues across the city, the Houston Symphony’s Education and Community Programs impact the lives of more than 76,000 students and children in the Houston area and provide access for more than 100,000 Houstonians free of charge. The orchestra brings powerful, entertaining and educational experiences to our city’s churches, synagogues, schools, private homes, social service providers, community facilities, parks, senior centers, classrooms, libraries, hospitals, day care centers, cathedrals, museums and art galleries. We are not only the Houston Symphony, we are Houston’s Symphony – all 656 square miles, and then some. Programs are designed to serve six core constituencies: schools, families, the community at large, educators, aspiring young musicians and music lovers wanting to learn more; and fall into four general categories:

∙ Curriculum-based programs for school children ∙ Multi-generational presentations for families ∙ Access opportunities for the whole community ∙ Continuing education for music lovers, music makers and teachers of music Activities include concerts, recitals, master classes, student competitions, annual concerts with local youth orchestras, small ensemble performances, and lectures. To learn more, contact: (713) 238-1447 To find out how to support these programs, contact David Chambers, Chief Development Officer at (713) 337-8525 or david.chambers@houstonsymphony.org.

Houston Symphony Education and Community Programs receive lead support from: Guarantor - $100,000+ The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Lieutenant Governor David H. Dewhurst Mrs. Alfred C. Glassell Jr. City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board Houston Symphony Endowment John & Lindy Rydman / Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods

Underwriter - $50,000+ Cameron International Corporation ExxonMobil Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund GDF SUEZ Energy North America JPMorgan Chase Marathon Oil Corporation John P. McGovern Foundation Shell Oil Company

Education & Community Programs are also supported by the following endowed funds which are part of the Houston Symphony Endowment: Margarett and Alice Brown Endowment Fund for Education Lawrence E. Carlton M.D. Endowment Fund for Youth Programs The Hearst Foundation Spec's Charitable Foundation

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Symphony Specials Pricing

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Opening Night

John Williams Conducts Yo-Yo Ma

Handel's Messiah

Steve Tyrell & Friends

Symphony of a Thousand

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$299 299 249

N/A 117 117

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$145 145 135

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Announcing the "I've never been so proud to call Houston home" Season.

Renée Fleming, soprano

Joshua Bell, violin

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Music Director Designate

Cirque de la Symphonie

John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma | Renée Fleming Christoph Eschenbach | Joshua Bell | Hans Graf Chris Botti | Midori | Cirque de la Symphonie Mozart's Jupiter | Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto Beethoven's Pastoral | Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody John Adams Conducts Adams

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

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Chris Botti, trumpet

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