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Les Plaisirs De Versailles

Ars Lyrica Houston

Head to Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and time-travel to Versailles with this short, 17th-centurycomedic opera about the follies of French aristocrats by composer-to-the-royals Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Sept 9. arslyricahouston.org

Death Cab for Cutie

Revention Music Center

Ben Gibbard’s indie/electropop band never fails to captivate crowds with favorites like “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You into the Dark.”
Sept 13. reventionmusiccenter.com

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Opening Night with Sir Ben Kingsley

Houston Symphony

Starting off the season on a high note, Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Sergei Prokofiev’s enduring 1936 classic Peter and the Wolf, narrated by none other than Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley.
Sept 17. houstonsymphony.org

Dance Like No One’s Watching

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

Be the first to hear the Texas premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s new “Dance Card” (commissioned by ROCO and San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra), conducted by Mei Ann Chen. Sept 23 at Miller Outdoor Theatre; Sept 24 at St. John the Divine. rocohouston.org

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Brittany Howard on lead vocals and guitar for Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The retro sound of the acclaimed Southern soul band will have hair whipping, heads bobbing and hips shaking when they hit the Bayou City.
Sept 24. woodlandscenter.org

Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait with Soprano Julia Bullock

Da Camera

Celebrating the life of the legendary ’20s singer, soprano Julia Bullock—a member of the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble—is sure to captivate audiences with her impressive range at the Wortham Theater Center.
Sept 30. dacamera.com

Smokey Robinson

Society for the Performing Arts

You won’t want to miss this living legend’s performance, drawing on four decades of chart toppers such as “My Girl,” “I Second That Emotion” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.”
Oct 7. spahouston.org

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Adele

Route 66

The Houston Chamber Choir

Get your kicks at Miller Outdoor Theatre and sing along to a program of road-trip favorites as the choir celebrates the famed route’s 90th anniversary.
Oct 29. houstonchamberchoir.org

The Temptations & Four Tops

Arena Theatre

We dare you to not sing along as the legendary Motown ensemble belts out billboard hits like “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.”
Nov 5. arenahouston.com

Adele

Houston Toyota Center

All Hail the Queen of England—no, not that one—as she says “Hello” to the Bayou City.
Nov 8–9. houstontoyotacenter.com