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Grammy Winner Leads the Houston Symphony in Handel’s “Messiah”

Posted on · The Houston Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah this weekend (Dec. 16-18), featuring Grammy-winning conductor Stephen Stubbs in his Houston Symphony debut leading the concert from the harpsichord. The piece tells the story of Jesus Christ’s nativity, passion, resurrection, and ascension. Stuctured in three parts and includes famous melodies “Ev’ry Valley” and the glorious “Hallelujah Chorus” All concerts will take […]

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The Arts Venue Houston Deserved: Jones Hall Turns 50

Posted on · Fifty years ago today, on Oct. 3 1966, Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts held its first concert, hosting the Houston Symphony – which still calls the hall home today. Other organizations have called it home over the years too, like the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet and Society for the Performing Arts. […]

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Shell Leaving Downtown, and Jones Hall Turns 50: Monday’s Show (October 3, 2016)

Posted on · Recently (Sept. 20, 2016), Shell Oil announced plans to vacate most of its downtown offices. Thousands of employees are expected to move to the company’s Woodcreek Complex on I-10 and North Dairy Ashford and to the Shell Technology Center on State Highway 6. The move is planned for the first quarter of 2017. On this […]

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What’s Next for Garrison Keillor after A Prairie Home Companion?

Posted on · The Houston Symphony presents Garrison Keillor, the longtime host of A Prairie Home Companion, at Jones Hall on Wednesday night (Jan. 27, 2016). We talk with the famed public radio host about his decision to retire as host of Prairie Home in the coming months. (Image Courtesy: Prairie Home Productions)

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From 8-Bit to Orchestra: Concert Features Music from ‘The Legend of Zelda’

Posted on · For folks of a certain generation, if they were to hear the first few notes of the soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda video game, perhaps memories of their childhood would instantly be conjured. Well, those who grew up in the era of 8-bit video games can relive part of their childhood — in higher-quality sound – when the global […]

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Day of Music Showcases the Wide Range of Sounds in H-Town

Posted on · This Saturday, July 12, is the second Day of Music festival from the Houston Symphony. The free event showcases the diverse range of music found in Houston with performances from more than two dozen artists from genres ranging from salsa to jazz. Steve Wenig, Director of Community Partnerships at the Houston Symphony, joins us to preview […]

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Primary Election Analysis, Kids & Nutrition, Service Dogs & Bagpipes: Houston Matters for Wed., March 5, 2014

Posted on · Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst placed a distant second in Tuesday’s GOP primary. He will have to make up ground to defeat State Senator Dan Patrick in a runoff election on May 27th, just to be his own party’s nominee for re-election to his current post come November. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Women in Religion, Tango Time, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 14, 2014

Posted on · Women have played key roles in faith-based communities as long as they have existed. In recent years, that leadership has been formalized. More congregations today are led by women. Here in Houston, women are Reverends and Rabbis, hold leadership roles in interfaith organizations. And yet, some sects of some religions still hold to long-standing, traditional […]