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Houston Symphony Hosts Centennial 100th Birthday Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre Tonight

Houston Symphony Hosts Centennial 100th Birthday Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre Tonight

Tonight, June 21, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its 100th birthday on the anniversary of its first public concert by inviting all of Houston to a free Centennial 100th Birthday Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Conducted by Associate Conductor Robert Franz, the concert will be broadcast live on KTRK Channel 13 and will feature some of the most beloved classical works, pops hits and even a few surprises, including an appearance by American Idol Finalist and Houstonian, LaKisha Jones. The Symphony will also be joined by the Memorial High School Choir, the University of Houston's Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band and Westside High School's Inertia Dance Company.

Concluding with a spectacular fireworks display, the Symphony's Birthday Concert is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to experience what just might be the biggest birthday celebration that Houston has ever seen. The orchestra will perform classical blockbusters like Beethoven's Ode to Joy with the Houston Symphony Chorus, selections from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and John Williams' Celebration Fanfare. Selections from The Planets - An HD Odyssey will also be performed, paired with images of NASA's exploration of the solar system projected on a giant screen.

The audience is encouraged to participate in the Symphony's photo contest, OH SNAP!, in which concert-goers upload their favorite snapshots from any Summer Symphony Nights concert to the Symphony's Flickr page. The themes upon which the winners will be selected include the following categories: Performance, Family/Friends, Fireworks, Venue, Audience and Miscellaneous. Winners of each photo category will receive a pair of ticket vouchers to a future Houston Symphony concert, and their photo will be featured on the Houston Symphony website, e-news, and blog. Additionally, the grand prize winner will be given $300. Visit www.houstonsymphony.org/ohsnap for more information.

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