Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Houston, TX, United States

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HoustonThe House without a Christmas TreeWorld première

Gordon: The House without a Christmas Tree
Bradley Moore; James Robinson; Houston Grand Opera; Allen Moyer; James Schuette; Lauren Snouffer; Daniel Belcher

HoustonElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Patrick Summers; Sir David McVicar; Houston Grand Opera; John Macfarlane; Christine Goerke; Michaela Martens

HoustonIl barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Julian Wachner; Joan Font; Houston Grand Opera; Joan Guillén; Sofia Selowsky; David Portillo

HoustonRavel’s Daphnis and Chloé

Bernstein, Corigliano, Ibert, Aubert, Ravel
Houston Symphony; Fabien Gabel; Colin Currie

HoustonHilary Hahn & Bernstein

Shostakovich, Bernstein
Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Hilary Hahn

HoustonBernstein & Stravinsky

Bernstein, Stravinsky
Houston Symphony; Bramwell Tovey; Jean-Yves Thibaudet; Houston Symphony Chorus
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The Houston Symphony after Harvey

When a hurricane floods your symphony hall, and you have to scrap and replace programs according to new venues and limited rehearsal time – all with an aim to soothe a city in distress – what do you play?
***11
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An opulent Pines of Rome in Houston

In a program of vivid Italian work, violinist Elina Välhälä, performing Corigliano's violin concerto, seemed to transform into a formidable sprite.
****1
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Underwhelming Lost Cello Concerto at Houston Symphony

In a program with Chabrier’s España and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, the Houston Symphony ambitiously unearthed Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto, last heard at its premiere with the New York Philharmonic in 1935.
**111
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Houston Symphony takes it slow

On a program with unusually slow tempos in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter gave a cursory performance of Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto.
**111
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Yo-Yo Ma dazzles Houston with Dvořák

While passion, supreme technical mastery, and inspiration all come to mind watching a celebrity like Ma perform, camaraderie, perhaps, is the best word for this concert.
*****
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Doctor Atomic ignites Houston Symphony

In the year of the composer's 70th birthday, Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony had everyone sitting up straighter. 
****1
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