Brahms & Mendelssohn, a concert including Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, called the “Reformation,” and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Mendelssohn “Reformation” symphony was commissioned in 1829 for a commemoration event to be held the following year that was eventually cancelled. And Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, often called “Pastoral” due to its relation to Beethoven’s famous symphony, is a cheerful work written in a matter of months on Brahms’s summer vacation.
8 p.m. Saturday. Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-533-0080 or visit mercuryhouston.org. $19 to $70.
Think back to world history class and remember the Reformation, a call for reform in the Catholic Church that led to the birth of Protestantism, which began when a monk, Martin Luther, nailed his 95 theses to a church door in 1517. Mercury is using the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as a jumping off point for