Houston Symphony Screens AN AMERICAN IN PARIS with Live Orchestra

Houston Symphony Screens AN AMERICAN IN PARIS with Live OrchestraThe Houston Symphony, the music of George Gershwin and the great American movie musical join forces for an indelible concert/film experience as the Symphony screens the classic 1951 MGM musical An American in Paris with the orchestra performing the score live, 8 p.m., Nov. 9-10 and 7:30 p.m., Nov 11 at Jones Hall.

Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and celebrated as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, An American in Paris' score is led live by guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos as the film unfolds on the big screen in glorious, vibrant technicolor.

An American in Paris, starring Leslie Caron and movie legend Gene Kelly, features the animated, jazzy songs of George and Ira Gershwin, culminating in the iconic 17-minute An American in Paris ballet, choreographed by Kelly himself. The romantic film tells the story of an American ex-GI who falls for a Parisian woman. The evening includes unforgettable, treasured songs like "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm" and many more.

An American in Paris - Film with Live Orchestra takes place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston's Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. 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.

About the Houston Symphony

During the 2018-19 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its fifth season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada and continues its second century as one of America's leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 88 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony's four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston.

The Grammy Award-winning Houston Symphony has recorded under various prestigious labels, including Naxos, Koch International Classics, Telarc, RCA Red Seal, Virgin Classics and, most recently, Dutch recording label PENTATONE. In 2017, the Houston Symphony was awarded an ECHO Klassik award for the live recording of Alban Berg's Wozzeck under the direction of former Music Director Hans Graf. The orchestra earned its first Grammy nomination and Grammy Award at the 60th annual ceremony for the same recording in the Best Opera Recording category.

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