Houston Symphony Plays Arabian-Inspired Family Concert, 1/19

Houston Symphony Plays Arabian-Inspired Family Concert, 1/19

Led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz, the Houston Symphony invites families to a mystical musical experience on Saturday, January 19.

Featuring pieces from Scheherazade and "Aladdin," the concert will musically transport audiences to far away places and adventures unknown. In addition to the Clear Creek High School Symphonic Chorale singing music from "Aladdin," the program will also feature many examples of different instrument families and musical styles in melodic selections that audience members of all ages will recognize and love.

"Family concerts are the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning enjoying some of the greatest music ever written," said Franz. "For me, the idea of getting into my costume and introducing families, and especially kids, to the music that I love is a thrill. The Houston Symphony is best experienced live, and what better way to open up your child's world than with the sounds and sights of these incredible musicians."

Family Concerts are a fun-filled, interactive and educational concert series created for children and their families. Their concert experience will be enhanced through video projection screens that provide additional story support and enable them to see the orchestra in action. Come early before the 10am concert or stay late after the 11:30am concert to participate in exciting activities including an instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts and youth ensemble performances.

For more ticket information, the Houston Symphony Patron Service Center in Jones Hall is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by phone at (713) 224-7575 or online at www.houstonsymphony.org.

Houston Symphony Family Concerts play Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Tickets: Child $16; Adults $24

Aladdin and the Arabian Nights
Robert Franz, conductor
Clear Creek High School Symphonic Chorale
James Park, director

About Robert Franz: Since beginning as Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Robert Franz has led the orchestra with vibrant, athletic and entertaining direction in a broad range of creative educational family concerts.

With a wide and varying knowledge of symphonic and operatic works, Franz has worked with some of today's finest performers including James Galway, Joshua Bell and Rachel Barton, Chris Botti, Chaka Khan and Judy Collins. He has been invited to guest conduct orchestras throughout the United States. In addition to guest conducting the Virginia Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and Musiqa (Houston) this season, he will return to the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.