Houston Symphony Performs Rachmaninoff's THE BELLS Tonight
Tonight, September 26, 28 and 29, the Houston Symphony will perform Rachmaninoff's exciting choral piece The Bells for the second time in the organization's 100-year history.
First performed with the Houston Symphony in February 1944, the upcoming concerts offer a rare opportunity for Houston audiences to experience the piece performed live on the Jones Hall stage. Inspired by a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, The Bells features the orchestra and chorus as they create tonal colors suggesting the sounds of bells, from the merriment of silver bells to the heart-pounding excitement of alarm bells. Conducted by Matthew Halls, this performance will feature the Houston Symphony Chorus led by Director Charles Hausmann. Guest vocalists Jessica Rivera, soprano; Nathaniel Peake, tenor; and David Pittsinger, bass-baritone will perform solo roles.
After intermission, the Symphony will perform Beethoven's great masterpiece Symphony No. 7. Creating a happy and uplifting concert experience, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony has held audiences captive since 1813, when the public demanded an encore of the Symphony's second movement, Allegretto, at its first performance in Vienna.
HOUSTON SYMPHONY CLASSICAL SERIES
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 8:00pm
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 8:00pm
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 2:30pm
Beethoven 7 Plus Rachmaninoff
Matthew Halls, conductor
Houston Symphony Chorus
Charles Hausmann, director
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Nathaniel Peake, tenor
David Pittsinger, bass-baritone
Rachmaninoff: The Bells
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Tickets from $25
About Matthew Halls