The 21-22 Season

We look forward to safely welcoming our community back to Jones Hall as, together, we experience the joy, emotion, and unifying power of live music once again.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Music Director • Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair

A Note from Andrés

“It is with great feelings of pride, excitement, gratitude, and nostalgia as my time here comes to a close, that I invite you to fully experience my last season as Music Director and join me as we celebrate our collaborations. Following one of the most unusual seasons for all of us, this season is one that, while still facing many unknowns, promises to be the most memorable yet."

– Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Music Director
Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair

2021–22 is a season in which we celebrate Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his final year as Music Director. Relive the most memorable moments of Andrés’s outstanding tenure with the Houston Symphony.

Yefim Bronfman

“A marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment, and jaw-dropping bravura.”
Chicago Tribune

Emanuel Ax

“His greatness, his overwhelming authority as musician, technician and probing intellect emerges quickly as he plays.”
Los Angeles Times

Augustin Hadelich

"One of the outstanding violinists of his generation” (The New York Times), Grammy Award-winning violinist and Houston favorite
Augustin Hadelich returns.

Simone Lamsma

Hailed for her “brilliant…polished, expressive, and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) playing, Simone Lamsma’s recent New York Philharmonic debut captivated audiences and critics alike.  

Once Upon a Time:
Alan Menken’s Broadway

“Be Our Guest” for a concert spotlighting the unforgettable, nostalgic hits from screen-to-stage musicals like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, Newsies, and more.

Whole Lotta Shakin’:
Swing to Rock

Talented multi-instrumentalist Dave Bennett and the Houston Symphony Big Band take you on a musical journey through the decades, hit by iconic hit—from the Swing Era to classics of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more!

Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Songbook

Travel back to the golden age of jazz as the incomparable Byron Stripling salutes Satchmo with recreations of iconic hits like “What a Wonderful World,” “Basin Street Blues,” “Mack the Knife” and “Hello Dolly.”

Very Merry POPS

Broadway’s Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera) joins the Symphony and Chorus for heartwarming favorites and treasured carols. Complete with sparkling decorations and a visit from Santa, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit!

Pink Martini

Brimming with “fizzy spirit and breezy sophistication” (Chicago Sun-Times), Pink Martini is a glamourous and global phenomenon. Say “oui” to an exhilarating mix of Brazilian samba, Parisian café music, cabaret, and vintage jazz as this Houston favorite returns.

Classic Rock: The Sound of a Generation

Classic rock’s biggest hits come alive in this symphonic tribute to songs of The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Styx, and more. These are the songs you know by heart, and the songs you’ll be singing all the way home!

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi—in Concert

The battle between good and evil rages on in the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy. Rejoin Luke, Leia, Han, and the whole Rebel Alliance as they seek to destroy the Death Star and face a final showdown with Darth Vader and the Emperor.

Aretha: Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin captured our hearts with her powerhouse voice and soulful refrains about love, pain, and triumph. Capathia Jenkins, Ryan Shaw, and the Symphony hail the Queen of Soul.

The Best of John Williams: Star Wars & More with Chorus

Enjoy themes from all your blockbuster favorites—Superman, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and more—as the Houston Symphony and Chorus celebrate the master of film scores, John Williams.

A Violin Legend

Artistic Partner Itzhak Perlman

Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, Itzhak Perlman is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. The Houston Symphony is thrilled to welcome Perlman back to Jones Hall as the orchestra’s first-ever Artistic Partner. In this multi-season partnership, audiences will have the chance to experience his gifts as concerto performer, recitalist, educator, and more.

Opening Night

Opening Night with Renée Fleming

The season kicks off with a special opening night concert, September 11, 2021, featuring superstar soprano Renée Fleming with Steven Reineke leading the orchestra.

Stream World-Class Performances From Home

Whether separated by six feet or thousands of miles, we are grateful for the opportunity to bridge distances, one note at a time. Hosted by Executive Director/CEO John Mangum, tune into world-class performances from the comfort of your home through our Live from Jones Hall Series.

The Houston Symphony's livestreaming is supported by
a generous gift from Barbara J. Burger.

Detailed programming for the 2021–22 Season will be announced later than usual as we work through ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic. Full programs will be announced as soon as confirmed, and subscribers may freely exchange concerts in their series for other Classical or POPS concerts.

While we are optimistic that the majority of the upcoming season can be presented with minimal restrictions, social distancing and safety measures will stay in place for as long as needed to ensure a safe concert experience for all. Should distancing be necessary, subscribers will be relocated on a concert-by-concert basis to accommodate social distancing protocols.

Subscribers Receive Exclusive Perks

First access to newly added special performances
10% discount on all Classical and Bank of America POPS add-ons
Plans change? No problem. Exchange any concert in your package for another Classical or POPS concert, free of charge.