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With wall-to-wall red carpet, Houston's old faithful anchors the Theater District. This general-purpose music hall might seem a bit tame by today's standards, but its stage has seen everyone from Minnie Riperton to Mariachi Vargas and Yo-Yo Ma.


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  • Art Attack: Music
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  • Art Attack: Dance
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    The Society for the Performing Arts brings dance fans a treat with the Shanghai Ballet. Since 1979, this award-winning troupe has wandered the globe performing all the Western masterpieces...
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    Conductor and former Houston Symphony music director Lawrence Foster will be at the podium to welcome violinist Joshua Bell during a Houston Symphony concert titled simply Joshua Bell...
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    The Houston Symphony's centennial season starts off on a high note with Opening Night with Renée Fleming. The soprano, a three-time Grammy-award winner, performs a mixed program of...
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    Melissa Fitzgerald of the Houston Downtown Alliance points out two especially attractive things about the 20th Annual Theater District Open House: ''It's free and everyone is invited,'' she...
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    That rascally rabbit gets his musical due during the new Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II family concert. Conducted by show creator George Daugherty, Bugs Bunny II features the Houston Symphony...
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    The Blue Man Group uses music, video, movement and all sorts of multimedia magic to take a humorous look at what it calls ''2.5 D space.'' Don't know what 2.5 D space is? According to Blue...
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    See why Scooby Doo and his friends in the Mystery Inc. Gang have been capturing audiences for more than 40 years at Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries. Director Theresa Borg has crafted a...
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    In hindsight, letting Johnny Depp portray a wacky pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl seems like a no-brainer, but at the time success was anything but...
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    The band Pink Martini has a reputation for being wild, jazzy and hip. When it takes the stage with the Houston Symphony, the group will be joined by The Von Trapps. It seems The Von Trapps,...
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    Acclaimed conductor Hans Graf makes his final appearance as music director of the Houston Symphony during today's A Graf Farewell concert. Mahler's massive and extremely dramatic Symphony...
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    Known by some as Ballet for the Easily Bored, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Houston for an evening of high art and even higher hilarity. The group is made up of male...
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    The Houston Symphony goes underseas with a performance of Debussy’s La Mer. This 1905 composition, one of Debussy's most famous symphonic works, explores the depths of the ocean with...
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    Past speakers in the Brilliant Lecture Series have included George Clooney and Betty White. Now the series presents world-famous physicist, cosmologist, author and Presidential Medal of...
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    Check our arts blog Art Attack for a chance to win two free tickets to Lily Tomlin. Comedian/actor/writer/producer Lily Tomlin first created her signature characters Ernestine, a...
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    He may be the most famous violinist in the world. He is, without doubt, one of the most talented. Itzhak Perlman, a longtime favorite of local audiences, returns to Houston for a recital...
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    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...
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    Andres ''Pooh'' Fernandez (he got his nickname because he often wore Winnie-the-Pooh regalia) has been a member of STOMP! for 16 years now. The performer and rehearsal director describes the...
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    Trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling joins the Houston Symphony for What a Wonderful World: The Best of Louis Armstrong. Classical trumpet was his original love, but Stripling felt drawn to...
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    Get your choice of format at Dvorák's New World Symphony by the Houston Symphony. Friday's performance has an earlier start time, a shorter program (Dvorák's Symphony No. 9,...
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    A Shen Yun Performing Arts Chinese dance and music concert is both grand and delicate. One minute a group of bold and exuberant warriors is brandishing weapons as they tumble across the...
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    Renowned conductor Matthew Halls promises us that this year's performance of Handel's Messiah with the Houston Symphony and Houston Symphony Chorus ''is positively bursting with drama from...
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    It was 1960, and the original Ocean's 11 was filming in Las Vegas. For three legendary weeks, some of the film's illustrious cast — that is, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr....
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    Vocalist Debbie Gravitte, a Broadway favorite and Tony Award winner, joins the Houston Symphony for Bond and Beyond. A program of signature tunes from the James Bond film franchise, Bond and...
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    The music of the late Danish composer Carl Nielsen is of special interest for conductor Thomas Dausgaard, a fellow Dane; the conductor's piano teacher was a student of Nielsen. Today...
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    The celebrity chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain is coming to Houston for a one-night-only show with Eric Ripert, the French chef who often plays the angel to...
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    Please note: Due to weather conditions in the northeast, violinist Augustin Hadelich is unable to travel to Houston for this performance. Houston Symphony concertmaster Frank Huang will step...
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    It's a triple play with three piano concertos, three concerts and one brilliant pianist when Lang Lang Plays Beethoven with the Houston Symphony. The Chinese virtuoso tackles Beethoven's...
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    Louis C.K. is one of the sharpest and most talented American comedians. He has a straight, unfiltered delivery, and when he's onstage, you get everything from pointed observations on race to...
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    Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker didn't take the usual route to dance, but her detours are what make Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker all the more intriguing. Incorporating her...
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    Johannes Brahms is known for two things: being one of the most influential Romantic composers of all time, and having a beard so awesome that it could cause spontaneous pregnancies at a...
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    It’s going to be an evening of amazing music at the Houston Symphony Opening Night: Boléro concert. The program includes a performance of Ravel’s famous, smoldering ode to...
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    Fans of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will be thrilled to know that The Midtown Men are coming to town. Reuniting four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys,...
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    Last February, the Houston Symphony had a hit with Orbit: An HD Odyssey, featuring Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra and Holst’s The Planets accompanied by new, crystal-clear...
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    When you think of the music of The Wizard of Oz, you probably think of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg’s Oscar-winning “Over the Rainbow.” (The performance by a teenage Judy...
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    There are simply no words to describe what it was like to buy The Legend of Zelda for Nintendo in 1986. Everything, from the golden cartridge to the epic waterfall title screen to the first...
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    If ever a show's name deserved the all-caps, exclamation mark treatment, FELA! is it. Both the man and the multiple-Tony Award-winning musical about him are larger than life, spectacles...
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    Fela Kuti was a Nigerian musician with 27 wives who turned into a civic activist after meeting Sandra Isadore, a member of the Black Panthers in the 1970s. “She was instrumental in...
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    Cuban music group Tiempo Libre has a goal for its Hot in Havana concert series with the Houston Symphony — to get people up and dancing. “When people hear our music, they want to...
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    The tiny Kristin Chenoweth stands just four-foot-11, but she’s one of the biggest talents to hit Broadway in the last decade. Now she’s taking her show on the road for the first...
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    Houston audiences will be happy to see that the Corella Ballet Castilla y León has Clear on the schedule for their one-night stint at Jones Hall. Choreographed by Stanton Welch in...
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    Cole Porter is an American musical version of Oscar Wilde. His lyrics have always danced the line between lighthearted frivolity and brilliant sexual innuendo. The bright airiness of his...
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    Symphony buffs, rejoice. Acclaimed conductor Pablo Heras-Casado — described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “truly a conductor beyond convenient pigeonholes, with an...
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    She’s only 32 years old, but she’s been performing professionally for 20 years. Violinist Hilary Hahn, who joins the Houston Symphony for Hahn & Enigma Variations over a four-day...
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    Bill Shatner doesn't think George Takei is very funny. And he's right. Sorry to break it to everybody who likes to repost the latter's photos every day, but Shatner has video proof. Namely,...
  • Art Attack: Classically Speaking
    Violinist Hilary Hahn has a special regard for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, which she'll be playing with the Houston Symphony during a four-day stint at the end of March; as a young...
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    TV and film legend William Shatner's new one-man show, "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It ...," comes to Houston and Jones Hall for a one-night stand on March 23 filled with music,...
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    When Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater hits the stage today, it will be bringing a new electricity along with its beloved traditions (yes, Revelations will be included in every...
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    As we laid out in the Houston Press cover story last year ["Old School," August 31, 2011], there's plenty of muscle and swagger in the Houston blues scene right now. While activity at clubs...
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    The Blue Marble that is our home has never before been seen with such crystal clarity now that NASA has captured the most beautiful high-definition pictures of Earth. The Houston Symphony...
  • Art Attack: Last Night
    It was Brahms and bad manners Friday night at the Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood concert. We'll get to the bad manners in a bit, so let's start with the Brahms: It was glorious. Thanks to Bell,...
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    Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell seems to be playing a lineup of greatest hits from the Romantic period for his Society for the Performing Arts concert. “It wasn’t...
  • Art Attack: Music
    Never play Six Degrees with Joshua Bell. He's got us all beat. Not only has he performed with just about every contemporary classical artist there is out there, he's also recorded with pop...
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    Houston Symphony Artist-in-Residence, pianist Kirill Gerstein, will be pitted against the notorious Rachmaninoff piano concertos during RachFest!, a series of concerts the symphony is...
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    It’s easy to underestimate singer Linda Eder. Her range, both vocally and stylistically, is actually very impressive. Her technique and approach are both flawless. Her only fault? She...
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    Santa Claus sits in with the Houston Symphony during this weekend’s Very Merry Pops concerts. Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the orchestra while Charles Hausmann...
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    The maestro is back! During today’s Christoph Eschenbach Returns concert, one of the most popular musical directors of the Houston Symphony will once again take the podium to lead the...
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    The Houston Symphony delves into the story behind the music in a special one-night-only performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, one of the best-loved works in the classical canon....
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    If you’ve shied away from classical music because you’ve found concert halls too stuffy, the Houston Symphony’s new Friday ACCESS series is just for you. Kicking off with...
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    The music of legendary former Beatle Paul McCartney gets the big sound treatment during today's Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney. The four-piece band, Classical Mystery Tour,...
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    We deeply miss the Flaming Idiots, but since we can’t have them, a great alternative is the comedy juggling act the Flying Karamazov Brothers. The group has been a smash success on...
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    When the Houston Press spoke with Huey Lewis over the phone recently, he hit us with a daunting figure about his band's latest album, 2010 R&B covers project Soulsville. "We have sold...
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    It’s been an impressive ride for singer/actor -Idina Menzel — she made her Broadway debut in 1996 as Maureen in the original production of Rent, which snagged her a Tony...
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    The drama and fury of flamenco come to life in Compañia Flamenca José Porcel’s Gypsy Fire. Born in the Andalucia region in the south of Spain, Porcel embraced flamenco...
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    He was only 16 years old when famed conductor Leonard Bernstein plucked him from obscurity to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. That was some 40 years ago; since then, legendary...
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    He’s been called one of the most talented actors working in America today, with starring roles in the Godfather trilogy, Dog Day Afternoon and Scarface. He took home an Oscar for his...
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    Best known as the musical director of the Tonight Show band, Doc Severinsen has been playing the trumpet for some 77 years (the 84-year-old started when he was just seven). That’s a...
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    Author, playwright and spoken-word artist David Sedaris isn’t interested in moralizing. His not-for-children book Squirrel Seeks Chip-munk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian...
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    Strip away the arena-rock production, which the man himself has done on recent tours, and it's easy enough to see John Mellencamp's Woody Guthrie-esque destiny in even his biggest early-'80s...
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    In Pops Knockouts, Houston Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski brings together some of classical music’s most recognizable tunes from Tchaikovsky, Pachelbel and Rossini,...
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    Rediscover your sense of awe at today's performance by the Blue Man Group. Unlike previous Blue Man concerts, this is a theatrical production, similar to the group’s long-running...
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    Pianist Jonathan Biss was destined to become a classical musician, it seems: His mother, a violinist, performed a solo at Carnegie Hall while pregnant with him. Now 30, Biss has established...
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    Put down the iPods and turn off the TV. Today the Houston Symphony is offering a terrific way to introduce kids to live symphonic music with Music from The Lion King. The selections are all...
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    The trickiest part about attending the Houston Symphony’s performance of Ravel’s Spain might be staying in your seat. Hans Graf leads the ensemble and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer...
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    It may seem like ages ago when you first heard Clay Aiken sing, but time is definitely still on his side. At only 33 years of age, Aiken seemingly has a long career ahead of him. After...
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    Since they only appeared on a couple of songs, it wouldn't be entirely accurate to say Ladysmith Black Mambazo stole Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland out from under him. (It would be...
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    In recordings of the Peking Acrobats’ performances on YouTube, the only audible sounds are the gasps of the audience over and over as the people onstage perform incredible feats of...
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    Tango Buenos Aires brings the exciting, sensual show The Fire and Passion of Tango to the Houston stage today, set to live music by South American composers such as the legendary Astor...
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    Canadian singer Matt Dusk joins the Houston Symphony for Music of Frank Sinatra. Celebrating the now-classic tunes of Ol’ Blue eyes, Dusk will perform “That’s Life” and...

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