John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Holiday Concerts and More Set for Houston Symphony, Dec 2013

The Houston Symphony's December calendar features a special one-night-only performance as John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma tonight, December 5 at Jones Hall. The Symphony will also celebrate the holidays with concerts for the entire family. On December 13, 14 and 15, the Symphony and Chorus will perform Very Merry Pops, which celebrates the season with holiday hits including a special piece, Glad Tidings, which features spiritual leaders from the Houston community as guest narrators.

On the morning of December 14, families are invited to Jones Hall for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This interactive concert experience will introduce children to classical music through Dr. Seuss' beloved tale, which will be sung by baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. of the Houston Grand Opera. Between the instrument petting zoo, crafts in the lobby and Associate Conductor Robert Franz's surprise costume, this concert promises to be a special holiday treat for the whole family.

Handel's Messiah will return to Jones Hall and Sugar Land Baptist Church on December 19-22. The talented Houston Symphony Chorus will bring scripture to life as they sing this transcendent and revered oratorio with conductor Nicholas McGegan on the podium.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston's Theater District. For tickets and information, call (713) 224-7575 or visit unless otherwise noted. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.


Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma

John Williams, conductor

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Two music superstars and longtime friends join your Houston Symphony for an evening of music by John Williams composed for the concert hall and for some of Hollywood's most beloved films. Williams and the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the composer's lush and virtuosic Cello Concerto, followed by thrilling selections from some of his most popular film scores.

Friday, December 13, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Very Merry Pops

Michael Krajewski, conductor

Houston Symphony Chorus

Charles Hausmann, director

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by Peter Danish