Although more known for longhorns and football, Texas is an emerging force in the national classical music community. Houston, in particular, offers a great deal of resources and entertainment for lovers of the timeless melodies of classical music.
First and foremost, the Houston Symphony has been entertaining Texans for such a long time that they will celebrate their centennial in 2013. With a storied history and a commitment to providing the highest caliber musical prowess in the Lone Star State, the Houston Symphony is a must-see for anyone who is looking for excellent renditions of their favorite classical pieces.
Along with the reputable symphony, the Houston Grand opera has been garnering rave reviews since it opened in 1955. Regarded as one of the world’s leaders in commissioning and producing new works (41 worlds premieres to be exact), the Houston Grand Opera is always at the forefront of new and refreshing sound. Its commitment to excellence has earned HGO a Tony Award, two Grammy Awards, and a Grand Prix du Disque. Being the only opera company in the world to win all four of these prestigious awards, it is certain that a trip to the Houston Grand Opera will be well worth it.
Lastly, the Houston Ballet brings an exciting visual flare to the classical music scene through its dedication to growing as a company while providing memorable performances that combines a supernatural amalgamation of beauty and athleticism. As the fourth largest ballet company in the county, the Houston Ballet has all the tools necessary to mesmerize any concertgoer.
As you can see, the classical music scene is alive and well in Houston, and should be experienced by anyone who has a love for the arts. (Daniel Harper)