Each summer, the Houston Symphony packs up its instruments and equipment and hits the road to perform free concerts within the community in its annual Summer Neighborhood Concert series. These FREE, fun, family-friendly programs encourage audiences to experience the live sights and sounds of the orchestra first hand.
The Summer Neighborhood Concert series begins on June 3, with Associate Conductor Robert Franz leading the orchestra in ten different concerts during the month. This year, the institution is taking strides to deliver music to new and diverse communities within Greater Houston, including a visit to the Chinese Community Center, churches such as Windsor Village United Methodist and Wheeler Avenue Baptist, and venues serving Houston’s Hispanic community including Ripley House Neighborhood Center in Houston’s historic east end.
Here in our incredible, multi-cultural city, we have more commonalities than differences. Just as each individual is the culmination of experiences and influences, so too is orchestral music a blend of musical sounds and ideas that stem from a vast variety of cultures, many of which are represented right here in Houston. This year’s Neighborhood Concert programs celebrate these diverse musical contributions that together reflect our city, and that have influenced the magnificent sound of music that the Houston Symphony and orchestras across the world perform every day.
Also included at each performance is the ever-popular instrument petting zoo. This hands-on interactive activity allows children and adults of all ages to touch, play, tinker with and try out instruments that represent each of the orchestra’s instrument families.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:30pm
6823 Cypresswood Dr.
Spring, TX 77379
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 7:30pm
MacArthur High School
4400 Aldine Mail Route Rd.
Houston, TX 77039
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 11:00am
Chinese Community Center
9800 Town Park Dr
Houston, TX 77036
Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 6:00pm
Windsor Village United Methodist Church
6011 W. Orem Dr.
Houston, TX 77085
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 11:00am
Booker T. Washington High School
119 E 39th St
Houston, TX 77018
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 7:30pm
Cinco Ranch High School
23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd
Katy, TX 77494
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:30pm
Sam Rayburn High School
2121 Cherrybrook Ln
Pasadena, TX 77502
Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:00am
Ripley House Neighboorhood Center
4410 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, TX 77011
Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
3826 Wheeler Ave
Houston, TX 77004
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:00am
Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
A. Márquez: Danzón No. 2
M. Gould: Latin-American Symphonette
L. Tie-Shan-M. Yuan: Dance of the Yao People
Ravel: Suite from Mother Goose
Ellington/R. Hermann: Duke Ellington Fantasy (not performed at morning performances)
W.G. Still: Afro-American Symphony (Symphony No. 1)
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor