Tonight: Gloria Gaynor with the Houston Symphony

Who knew one song would take Gloria Gaynor from Newark to the Jones Hall stage with the Houston Symphony? Yes, she's had other hits ("Never Can Say Goodbye" and "I Am Who I Am"), but it's "I Will Survive" that people most remember. And it's a sure thing that Gaynor's signature song will be the highlight of "A Disco Evening with Gloria Gaynor," her first performance ever with a symphony orchestra.

How are her disco hits going to sound with 90 classical musicians backing her? "I have no idea!" she says. "I am so looking forward to this. No one is more excited than I am." After years of working with small bands, Gaynor will have to make some adjustments to work with an orchestra and conductor. Then again, maybe not. "The wonderful thing about being the lead singer," she laughs, "is that they have to cooperate with me."

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

7:30 p.m. tonight at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 713-224-7575 or

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Olivia Flores Alvarez