Houston Symphony: Classic Soul

A couple of hundred years from now, will people of the future consider the rock and pop of the 1960s to be ''classical'' music? The Houston Symphony gets a jump start on the concept with Classic Soul. ''Many of the great soul songs are very romantic and lyrical,'' says the symphony's principal pops conductor, Michael Krajewski. ''These qualities lend themselves well to being enhanced by a symphony orchestra. And actually, many of the original versions of these songs had strings and other orchestral instruments in the accompaniment.'' The lineup includes songs made famous by Al Green, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. At the mike will be guest vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas, along with three local backup singers, Kam Franklin, Lisa Harris and Lucas Gorham. ''We're very proud to give these talented local singers the opportunity to share the stage,'' Krajewski says.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. $29 to $125.
Oct. 4-5, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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