Storm Large Returns to Houston Symphony with SINFUL Concert Series

Storm Large Returns to Houston Symphony with SINFUL Concert SeriesSensational vocalist Storm Large and guest conductor Bramwell Tovey return to the Houston Symphony for a "sinful" program of Weill, Richard Strauss and Scriabin titled The Seven Deadly Sins, 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Jones Hall.

Large first shot to fame in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova and has since earned a following with her enormously popular performances with the group Pink Martini. She makes her Houston Symphony Classical Series debut in the dual roles for which she's renowned: Anna in Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins.

Best known as the composer of The Threepenny Opera from whence comes the song "Mack the Knife," Kurt Weill here tells the satirical story of one woman's travels across seven cities in America in pursuit of the American dream, discovering a different cardinal sin at every stop. Vocal group Hudson Shad makes its Houston Symphony debut as The Family in the social critique work.

Setting the evening's sinful theme, Grammy-Award-winning conductor Tovey opens the concert with "Salome's Dance" from Richard Strauss' opera Salome. Loosely based on a biblical story, Strauss's opera climaxes with Salome's notorious Dance of the Seven Veils, which she performs for her stepfather Herod in return for the head of John the Baptist.

Also on the program is Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy, a mystical symphonic work that renders in timeless, sensual music the movement of a spirit toward awareness and consciousness.

The Seven Deadly Sins sponsored by Shell 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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