No matter what the weather is outside, Jones Hall will be particularly stormy inside when the Houston Symphony presents Mahler & Mendelssohn. It's a celebration of the youthful – and somewhat fiery – brilliance of these two 19th-century composers with a program that includes Mahler's First Symphony along with Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in E-flat major (here arranged for full string orchestra). Composed over two years starting in 1887, Mahler's epic first symphony exemplifies his use of folk melodies in combination with his musical tribute to the formidable sounds of nature. Listen for familiar melodies like ''Frere Jacques'' in the third movement, but with a dark, somber twist. Mendelssohn had just celebrated his sweet sixteen when he composed his Octet in 1825; Mahler was not even 30 when his first symphony made its debut in 1889.
German conductor Christoph Koenig, principal conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal, will be at the podium.
Thu., Jan. 31, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 3, 2:30 p.m., 2013