The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $30.7 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 concerts for 300,000 people (including 82,000 children) annually.
The Symphony’s musical offerings include Classical concerts conducted by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada or guests, featuring concerto soloists and major classical repertoire. Each Classical concert begins with a free, informative, 30-minute Prelude Pre-Concert Discussion that begins 45 minutes before the performance; POPS concerts conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski or guests, featuring popular artists or themes; Symphony Specials or single performances with special guest artists; Family Concerts, one-hour concerts on Saturday mornings with family-friendly themes; and the David Dewhurst Student Concerts, one-hour school day matinees for grades K through 8.
The Houston Symphony hosts a variety of other projects and programs for all ages:
- The Free Neighborhood Concert Series is an annual series of 7-12 free concerts every June in venues throughout Houston (ex. United Methodist Church, Church Without Walls, Ripley House)
- Sugar Land Series - 3 concert series in Ft. Bend County
- “Musically Speaking with Andrés,” at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall
- The GDF Suez Community Connections Program is designed to broaden our musical contact with our diverse Houston population.
- Ima Hogg Competition - a competition for international talent aged 13 to 30 years old
- The Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition - regional competition for musicians aged 18 years and younger
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