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houston is Home to one of America’s leading orchestras, and the prestigious symphony returns with a bustling schedule for the highly-anticipated fall season.  This September marks the final run for the Symphony’s beloved Music Director Andrés Orozco Estrada, who welcomes back a myriad of world-renowned performers. “The level of musicianship in our orchestra is second to none, and I’m looking forward to showing this artistry through these works of art," Estrada exclaimed in a statement provided. "Audiences will also get the chance to see members of the orchestra performing alongside renowned guest artists, which is a testament to our musicians’ world-class virtuosity”  

Listed below are the Houston Symphony's most talked about shows this quarter to the end of the year. 

Once Upon a Time: Alan Menken’s Broadway

Sponsored by Bank of America’s POPS program, Once Upon a Time: Alan Menken’s Broadway brings The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and other Disney favorites to Houston. 

Sept 3-5. Livestream on Sept 4. From $20.00. 

Opening Night with Renée Fleming 

Four-time Grammy award winner Renée Fleming lends her soprano voice to the Houston Symphony for the one-night-only Opening Night Concert and Gala. The event will be sponsored by ConocoPhillips. 

Sept 11. From $29.00. 

Andres Conducts Beethoven’s Fifth 

To kick off the Classical series, Music Director Andrés Orosco-Estrada returns to play Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” for his final season. Also playing are pianist Yefim Bronfman, Concertmaster Yoonshin Song, and Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith. 

Sept 17-19. Livestream Sept 8. From  $20.00. 

The Artistry of Augustin Hedelich 

For a star studded line-up, the Houston symphony brings in Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich. Hadelich is accompanied by Bach, Shostakovich, and Joseph Boulogne highlighting Chevalier de Saint-Georges – the son of a slave who became an officer of the King of France’s Guard at age 17, rose to fame as a fencer, and later became a renowned French violinist and composer. 

Sept 24-26. Livestream Sept 25. From $20.00. 

Whole Lotta Shakin: Swing to Rock 

It’s Throwback Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Houston Symphony. Dave Bennett and the Houston Symphony Big Band will take us all the way back to the 1930s for the Swing Era, then through the ’50s and ’60s for Rock n’ Roll, bringing Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis's music back to life. 

Oct 8-10. Livestream Oct 9. From $20.00. 

Andrea Bochelli Concert  

Houston welcomes Andrea Bocelli, known as the world’s most beloved tenor. Blind at the age of 12, Bocelli rose to fame at age 36, and has recorded 15 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, nine complete operas, and sold 80 million records. He will be performing at the Toyota Center this October, for one night only. 

Oct 21. From $80.00. 

Symphonie Fantastique 

A fresh take on classical music, Romantic composer Hector Berlioz’s work brings to mind images of goblins and ghouls, according to the Houston Symphony. There’s no better way to spend Halloween weekend. The concert will also include a piece by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a black English composer who was widely received in 19th century America. 

Oct 29-31. Livestream Oct 30. From $20.00. 

Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Songbook

Trumpet and vocalist Byron Stripling is set to start the Thanksgiving season off with a wonderful tribute to Louis Armstrong. The concert will span five decades of the beloved Jazz singer’s career and include his greatest hits: “Basin Street Blues”, “Mack the Knife”, “Hello Dolly”, and “What a Wonderful World.”

Nov 5-7. Livestream Nov 6. From $20.00. 

Individual tickets to all the announced Houston Symphony 2021–22 Classical and POPS concerts are now available here. Single tickets to the Symphony’s BBVA Family Series are currently only on sale to subscribers.

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