Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic State of the Union addresses, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a Price Level 3 ticket to one of six performances at the Houston Symphony (see seating chart) (up to an $85 value). Choose from one of the following shows:
- Thursday, November 18, at 8 p.m. (a $62 value)
- Saturday, November 20, at 8 p.m. (a $62 value)
- Sunday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m. (a $57 value)
- Friday, November 26, at 8 p.m. (an $85 value)
- Saturday, November 27, at 8 p.m. (an $85 value)
- Sunday, November 28, at 2:30 p.m. (a $77 value)
A treasured tunestitution for 97 years, the Houston Symphony continues to enrich the public with enlightening educational programs and a variety of classical and popular musical pieces performed by masterful conductors and musicians. Today’s deal opens ear canals to two different shows on six separate dates. Young violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich brings his acclaimed bow-handling and rich tone to Bela Bartók’s ballet composition Miraculous Mandarin, a piece inspired by the big city’s concrete underbelly of chaos, greed, lust, and fraudulent mimes. Hadelich will follow with stimulating portrayals of Ernest Chausson’s Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, each carefully conducted by distinguished music director and baton model Hans Graf.
Meanwhile, Pictures at an Exhibition takes listeners on a melodic stroll through a gallery of cherished musical canvases depicting dynamic, vivid musical imagery. Like most journeys and all political movements, the auditory art walk is led by a pianist: skilled ivory-tickler Stephen Hough, whose two-handed note-hitting will guide audiences through songful illustrations of mythical creatures, dark catacombs, lush gardens, and beyond via pieces by Ravel, Mussorgsky, and Edvard Grieg.
The Houston Symphony has been featured in the Houston Chronicle. Seven Yelpers give the symphony a 4.5-star average and two Citysearchers give it an average of five stars. > * The Houston Symphony is the cornerstone of Houston’s fine arts scene and they hold up their end quite well. – Dolph W., Yelp > * If you have some free time and want to have a good night out and enjoy some great live music of either pop culture or the classics, go to the Symphony. I think you’ll be glad you did. – Jon S., Yelp