Top Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Houston

Top Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Houston
There are so many great ways to enjoy classical music in the Houston area. With a wide variety of musical styles and size and type of groups performing, classical music lovers might need to clear their schedules within the coming months in order to see all of the wonderful events coming soon to Houston theaters. Whether you like small chamber ensembles, large epic symphonies or choral groups, there is something for everyone in Houston’s classical music scene this winter.
University of Houston Jazz Orchestra
Moores Opera House
120 School of Music Building
Houston, TX 77204
(713) 743-3388

Date: Nov. 19, 2014

The University of Houston Jazz Orchestra will perform an evening concert full of great jazz standards. Directed by Noe Marmolejo, the concert is entitled Jazz Royalty: The Music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Anyone who likes great jazz music will recognize the “oldies but goodies” performed here. Jazz lovers won’t want to miss out on this great performance!

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: The Galileo Project – Music of the Spheres
Wortham Theater Center Cullen Theater
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 524-5050

Date: Nov. 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Come see one of Canada’s finest baroque chamber ensembles play an evening of stellar music inspired by Galileo’s first public demonstration of the telescope. Brougt to Houston by Da Camera, this group will perform a variety of pieces by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann and Handel. Come an hour early for the pre-show lecture by Sarah Rothenberg of Da Camera and Alison Mackay of Tafelmusik that goes into greater detail of the significance of their period instruments and the images from the Hubble telescope and Canadian astronomers that show alongside the concert.

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Houston Symphony presents Beethoven 1 & 4
Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 224-7575

Date: Nov. 28-30, 2014

Under the direction of their new conductor, Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada, the Houston Symphony will perform a weekend of concerts full of Beethoven’s timeless symphonies. Symphonies 1 and 4 are the first and last pieces on the concert docket, with Schumann’s cello concerto filling up the middle. Houston Symphony principal cellist Brinton Averil Smith will perform the solo cello line for the concerto. Fans of Beethoven’s compositions won’t want to miss this symphonic double header.

¡Felices Fiestas!
Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 315.2525

Date: Dec. 31, 2014

Come ring in the new year in style with Ars Lyrica’s annual gala and concert. This year’s concert will feature the stunning voices of soprano Melissa Givens and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte. The evening will also include a fundraising dinner and auction as well as a champagne and dessert gala afterwards to celebrate the coming of 2015. Ticket packages are available for just the concert or for a combination of the surrounding events. You won’t want to miss this great evening full of fun and support for classical music programming in Houston.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at