The best concerts have lots of pyrotechnics, which is why classical pianists always wear asbestos pants. Insulate yourself from boredom with this GrouponLive deal to the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall. Choose between the following options:
For $174, you get two tickets for Price Level 2 orchestra seating at three classical or pops concerts of your choice (up to a $577 value, including all fees).
For $99, you get one ticket for Price Level 2 orchestra seating at three classical or pops concerts of your choice (up to a $292 value, including all fees).
Originally founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony has established a luminous history with the help of such greats as conductors Leopold Stokowski, Ferenc Fricsay, and Sir John Barbirolli. Now under the seasoned leadership of world-renowned baton-wielder Hans Graf, the symphony continues to indulge ears in concerts of well-known standards and little-known gems. Now halfway through its 2012–13 season, the group turns its sights toward upcoming classical concerts including Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (February 14, 16, and 17). The famed ballet's second musical suite kicks off with the umbral "Montagues and Capulets," whose dissonant opening chords part for a tender pianissimo before trombone blasts plod through a sinister string melody. Joaquín Rodrigo's Fantasia for a Nobleman (April 5) mellows out with melancholy guitar strumming that was written specifically for legendary Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, who is the nobleman in the composition’s title.
Under the swaying baton of Michael Krajewski, the symphony offers up lighter fare in their series of pops concerts. Highlights include “What a Wonderful World” (January 18–20), which beckons Byron Stripling—whom the Los Angeles Times deemed a “towering and powerful trumpet player,"—to the stage to breathe new life into classics by Louis Armstrong, and to inflate hot-air balloons with his mighty lungs. “Cavanaugh Sings Elton John” (April 19–21) features youthful singer and pianist Michael Cavanaugh, reprising the hits of the rainbow-bespectacled pop wonder.