Taiko drums echo like thunder in this high-octane show filled with a cast of performers who train for years in the mountains of Japan
What You'll Get
- Seating: mezzanine or balcony
- Click here to view the seating chart
- Must purchase tickets in the same transaction to sit together.
- What it is: a traditional Japanese drumming performance with pops of 21st Century flair
- The sights: elaborate costumes, precisely choreographed dances, and muscles—so many muscles
- The sounds: thunderous taiko drums and passionate, near-militaristic chanting
- How it all started: In 2004, Tao appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe—arguably the world’s largest arts festival—and stole the show, leading to a world tour and appearance at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
- By the numbers: The show has travelled to more than 22 countries and 400 cities, it has dazzled nearly 7 million spectators, and it has probably inspired at least one person to incorporate drumming into their workout routine.
The Fine Print
About Society for Performing Arts
Jesse H. Jones, a businessman, philanthropist, and member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's cabinet, knew what he wanted for Houston: more art. Before his death in 1956, Jones set in motion a plan to create a new cultural center for the city, and under the leadership of his nephew John, the Jones Hall became a reality. To keep the ushers from getting lonely on nights when the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera weren't playing the younger Jones created the Society for Performing Arts.
The SPA brought Carol Channing to Jones Hall in its first season and later grew to be the largest such arts organization in the southwest. It's even expanded from its majestic flagship venue to fill another pair of theaters a couple of blocks away.