Spend your Saturday Mornings with The Houston Symphony's Family Series

Our 4-concert Family Series offers a mix of fun, thematic orchestral music to engage and entertain young audiences. Each 50-minute concert is held at Jones Hall on Saturday mornings with two start times: 10:00 am or 11:30 am. This season, Associate Conductor Robert Franzleads three of the four programs. Our fun-loving leader is always in character – and you should be too! See our “Concert Costume Suggestions” below to plan in advance for each spectacular Saturday morning.

Also, enjoy pre- and post-concert activities, including our Instrument Petting Zoo, young musician performances in the Lobby as well as craft and musical activities

 

1 | GHOSTBUSTERS & GHOULS
 Ghostbusters_&_Ghouls October 31, 2015
Robert Franz, conductor
Westside High School INERTIA Dance
     Company
     Bryan Paule, directorIt’s Halloween, and there’s no better place to be than at the Houston Symphony. Our series opener features fantastically frightening music to give your Saturday morning a little trick and a big treat! Our spooky celebration includes music fromGhostbusters and Michael Jackson’s epic hit “Thriller.” We also feature a haunting violin solo in Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre. Then, get ready to strut your stuff as Associate Conductor Robert Franz leads the audience in a not-to-be-missed on-stage costume parade.


Concert Costume Suggestions:
Spend the entire day in your Halloween costume, beginning with our fantastically frightening celebration of Ghostbusters!

2 | A FROSTY & FROZEN CHRISTMAS
 Frosty & Frozen Christmas December 12, 2015
Bundle up! Temperatures are dropping in a decked-out Jones Hall as we celebrate the magic of the holiday season, including a special guest who may drop by to partake in the festive fun. Sing along to “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and rejoice in Queen Elsa’s reflective personal journey “Let it Go” from Disney’sFrozen. Join us as we remember what makes this time of year so special—and a bit frosty!


Concert Costume Suggestions: 
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman” with us? If so, come dressed as your favorite Frozen character, such as Elsa, Anna or the loveable sidekick Olaf.

3 | SUPERHEROES AT THE SYMPHONY!
 Superheroes at the Symphony March 26, 2016
Robert Franz, conductor
Theatre Under the Stars
     Humphreys School of Musical Theatre
 
Grab your cape, flex your extraordinary powers and discover your fearless inner-self as we perform The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. A few of your favorite characters are invading Jones Hall to reveal the superpowers of the orchestra’s instrument families. We’re also teaming up with our friends at Theatre Under The Stars to take flight on some awesome adventures and perilous journeys, including music by one of our modern-day superhero composers, John Williams.


Concert Costume Suggestions: 
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s your opportunity to sport the most spectacular superhero outfit during our perilous journey. Want to show your patriotic pride as Captain America? How about going green as the mighty Marvel character Hulk?

4 | DREAMS CAN COME TRUE
     
WITH MUSIC FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID
 Dreams Can Come True May 7, 2016
Robert Franz, conductor
Be part of our world as we explore the visionary creations of the imagination. With Ariel’s surf to turf wishes in The Little Mermaid and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Associate Conductor Robert Franz has dreamt up a fantastical program where you can be anything or anywhere when you wish upon a star.


Concert Costume Suggestions: 
From Ariel to Sebastian, there are
so many characters that inspire our underwater adventure.

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