CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE to Open Houston Symphony POPS' Upcoming Season, 8/30-9/1
On August 30, 31 and September 1, the aerial artists, acrobats, jugglers and strongmen of Cirque de la Symphonie will join the Houston Symphony in its Centennial year kicking off its newest season of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell POPS at Jones Hallconcert series. Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski will take the podium as audience members experience the excitement of daredevil performers meeting fiery symphonic music. Since their Houston debut in 2006, Cirque de la Symphonie has performed to rave reviews with sold-out, enthusiastic crowds around the world.
While the Friday and Saturday evening performances are ripe for a night on the town, a matinee performance on Sunday, September 1 at 2:30 p.m. was created especially for families and others with less flexible nighttime schedules.
The Houston Symphony is dedicating the concert weekend to the memory of George P. Mitchell, who passed away on July 26 at age 94. Mr. Mitchell was supportive of Symphony performances for decades, notably giving $5 million to the Houston Symphony Endowment in 1992 enabling The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands to become the official summer home of the orchestra. With his wife being particularly fond of Pops concerts, they became the title sponsors in 2005. Since then, Mr. Mitchell's Symphony contributions totaled more than $2.5 million, inclusive of a $1 million pledge in 2012 to renew his support of the Pops series at Jones Hall through 2015.
During the 2013-14 Season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its 100th year as one of America's leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $30.4 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 280 concerts for 280,000 people, including 84,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
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