Linda Eder to Pay Homage to Judy Garland with the Houston Symphony

Recording and stage star Linda Eder will showcase her powerhouse voice during Linda Eder Sings Judy Garland with the Houston Symphony at 8 p.m. Sept. 9-10 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Inspired by Garland's exemplary musical career, Eder will perform hits including "Me and My Shadow," "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Over the Rainbow."

Winner of the 1987 season of Star Search and a seasoned performer, Eder cites Garland - along with Barbra Streisand and Eileen Farrell - as one of her biggest childhood inspirations. She launched her recording career in 1991 and has since released more than 15 solo albums. Her first major acting role was as Lucy in the 1990 world premiere of Jekyll and Hyde at Houston's Alley Theatre. During her Houston Symphony appearance she will also sing a selection of original songs, including "Vienna."

Judy Garland was an American singer, actress and vaudevillian with a career spanning four decades. She signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studios as a teenager and went on to star in film classics, including The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and Easter Parade (1948). She was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year for her live recording of Judy at Carnegie Hall.

The concert will 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 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.

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