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Houston Symphony Live From Miller Outdoor Theatre On July 4th

Tune in for Classical 91.7’s live broadcast of the orchestra’s annual Star-Spangled Salute.

Houston Symphony Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre
Houston Symphony Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre. (c) Chinh Phan, CatchLightGroup.

A Houston tradition for many, many years, the Houston Symphony’s annual Star-Spangled Salute brings thousands of people to Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park each July 4th for a symphonic celebration of Independence Day.

Another Houston July 4th tradition is our live broadcast of A Star-Spangled Salute which begins at 8:30PM this Saturday.

This year’s concert will be conducted by Steven Reineke, making his Star-Spangled Salute debut. Reineke was recently named Principal Pops Conductor Designate by the Houston Symphony. He takes over the orchestra’s pops programming when Michael Krajewski steps down at the end of the 2015-16 season.

A Star-Spangled Salute will feature guest vocalist Christopher Johnstone. Equally at home on Broadway or on the opera stage, Johnstone trained as an actor and opera singer at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center and Glimmerglass Festival Young American Artist Program. He’ll be adding a touch of Broadway to the celebration with hit songs from Man of La Mancha, South Pacific and Les Misérables.

And of course the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture, complete with cannons.

Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu, in the Miller Theatre sound booth, hosts our broadcast, and St.John Flynn will be backstage to talk to some of the artists during intermission.

Join us for the live broadcast of the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute, Saturday, July 4th, 8:30PM, on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7.