Dear Houston Symphony Family Member,

 On behalf of everyone at the Houston Symphony, thank you and congratulations to our outstanding orchestra, Chorus, music director and vocal soloists who together performed a magnificent and inspiring season opening concert last night at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall.  It was incredibly meaningful to have our talented Houston Symphony and Chorus back, sharing the joy of music and helping our community heal from recent events.  Our deep gratitude also goes out to Bob Yekovich and the Shepherd School of Music for opening their home to us, our amazing staff who has been working tirelessly and creatively behind the scenes to secure performance venues and concerts, and the entire Houston Symphony community for the patience, flexibility and support extended to all of us as we launch our 2017–18 Season.

I am also writing with an update on the condition of Jones Hall and a summary of changes to concerts through the end of September.  Houston First is working on adding a page to their website to update the public on the status of theater district buildings; we will provide that link when it becomes available.  We appreciate Houston First’s diligent efforts to help us return to Jones Hall as soon as possible. Work is underway to repair wheelchair-accessible restrooms, the courtyard level entrance hallway, the offices and the rehearsal room.  Houston Symphony performances at Jones Hall have been cancelled or relocated elsewhere through at least the end of September. Here is a summary of updated concert information for performances through October 1:

Mahler & Dvořák
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Thursday, Sept. 14 (8 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 17 (2:30 p.m.)
Location: Stude Concert Hall at Rice University

  • The performance originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 will now take place on Friday, Sept. 15.
  • These concerts are being offered for free to the community; original ticket holders for the weekend have priority access.
  • Reserved tickets to these performances are fully committed; however, all are welcome to attend on a stand-by basis as unoccupied seats will be released a few moments before the start of the concert.

Beethoven and Piazzolla
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Friday, Sept. 22 (8 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 23 (8 p.m.)
Location: Stude Concert Hall at Rice University

  • The concert program originally scheduled for Sept. 22, 23 and 24, Andrés Conducts Schumann, has been cancelled.
  • This new concert program is being offered for free to the community; original ticket holders for the weekend have priority access.
  • There will be no Sunday concert.
  • Reserved tickets to these performances are fully committed; however, all are welcome to attend on a stand-by basis as unoccupied seats will be released a few moments before the start of the concert.

Russian Masters
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
Thursday, Sept. 28 (8 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept.30 (8 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 1 (7:30 p.m.)
Location: Stude Concert Hall at Rice University

  • The performance originally scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2:30 pm will now take place at 7:30 pm.
  • All other concert details remain unchanged.

Garrison Keillor
Monday, Sept. 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Location: Cullen Performance Hall at the University of Houston
(The Houston Symphony does not perform on this program)

  • Patrons will be provided with additional details regarding parking and directions closer to the concert date. Since the performance location has changed, patrons will receive new tickets with revised seating assignments.

Thank you for your continued support of the Houston Symphony and our community at large.  You can make an invaluable contribution to our recovery and to that of our affected orchestra and staff members with a gift to the Houston Symphony Annual Fund or Employee Relief Fund here: www.houstonsymphony.org/donate

Thank you for all that you do in support of the Houston Symphony and #HouRecovers. Together, we are #HouStrong.

All the best,

Janet F. Clark

President

Houston Symphony Society Board

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