More than three months after cancelling the remainder of its season due to the coronavirus, the Houston Symphony will make a triumphant return to the Jones Hall stage. But their audience won’t be in the performance hall’s seats.
Starting in July, the Symphony will host new, hour-long livestreams showcasing repertoire not often featured during its regular programs, while also spotlighting different sections of the orchestra. According to the press release, works from composers like Scott Joplin, Silvestre Revueltas, and Florence Price, will make appearances in the series alongside works from audience-favorite composers including Bach, Strauss, and Stravinsky.
The Symphony made a successful pivot to online programming at the end of April when it launched its weekly Living Room Series concerts, the final of which airs tonight, but returning to the company’s home stage “ will be emotional for all of us,” Houston Symphony Executive Director and CEO John Mangum said in a statement. “It's a challenging time for all of us here, but one that also presents the opportunity to explore repertoire for smaller ensembles from a wide variety of composers that really gives our individual musicians a chance to shine.”
News of the new livestream concert series comes two weeks after the Symphony announced it had laid off 25 percent of its staff to help the organization overcome an $11 million deficit incurred due to COVID-19. Before that, the organization had received a federal loan through the Payment Protection Program and negotiated pay cuts with its staff and performers.
Thru Aug 1. $10. Online. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org. See the full Live from Jones Hall concert schedule below.
Houston Symphony: Live from Jones Hall
July 11: Bach, Price & Janáček
July 18: Mozart & Strauss
July 25: Debussy, Joplin, Abreu & More
Aug 1: Mendelssohn, Stravinsky & Revueltas