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Houston: Classical Music

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)

Houston Classical Music: Classical Music Around Houston

Below are our Houston Classical Music recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, ensemble/venue history and other points of interest in Houston Art.

Bach Society Houston

For audiences seeking liturgical Baroque music, the concerts offered by the Bach Society Houston at Christ the King Lutheran Church are essential.  And with four distinct series—Abendmusik (evening music), Bach Vespers, Organ Vespers, and Chamber Music—the range of the repertory, from partitas and sonatas to concertos and full-scale choral/orchestral masterpieces like St. Matthew Passion, is impressive.  As the organization’s name suggests, the music of Bach takes precedence, with supplementary performances of …more…


Founded in 2003, this 28-person chorus presents works by an engaging and eclectic mix of composers, including Claudio Monteverdi, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Lloyd Pfautsch, William Walton, Ola Gjeilo, and more. CANTARE also boasts a diverse swathe of collaborations, from the Sandra Organ Dance Ensemble and the Mercury Baroque Ensemble to the Rob Landes Jazz Trio and Divisi Strings. ...more...

Da Camera of Houston

Led by Artistic Director and pianist Sarah Rothenberg, Da Camera of Houston has made it a priority to present chamber music in collaboration with endeavors in the visual arts and literature.  Examples of these cross-disciplinary concerts include “Music for Rothko,” “Marcel Proust’s Paris,” and “Sarah Rothenberg’s The Blue Rider: Kandinsky and Music”.  Encompassing both classical music and jazz, the organization has also hosted concerts given by such renowned musicians as …more…

Houston Chamber Choir

Established in 1995, the Houston Chamber Choir has wasted no time in setting the standard for performance of choral music in Houston and the surrounding area. The consummate ensemble of 29 members is just as adept at playing the music of Renaissance and Baroque titans such as Thomas Tallis and Heinrich Schütz as it is with works by 20th century masters like Erik Satie, John Cage, and Morton Feldman, as …more…

Houston Children’s Chorus

Having only been in existence since 1989, the Houston Children’s Chorus has already racked up an astonishing resume, including performances for two former U.S. presidents, collaborations with Celine Dion, the Beach Boys, Dionne Warwick and others, and a stint with the Broadway touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to name just some of the highlights.

But the 250-plus Chorus—comprising both the Preparatory Choir for 2nd and …more…

Houston International Piano Festival

An annual weekend celebration hosted by the University of Houston and founded by Cullen Professor of Music Abbey Simon, the International Piano Festival presents premier guest pianists such as Markus Groh and Alberto Reyes both in recital and as hosts of master classes. ...more...

Houston Symphony

The Houston Symphony, founded in 1913, is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in the U.S. Maestro Hans Graf, the Symphony’s 15th music director, follows in a long line of distinguished leaders, such as Sir John Barbirolli, Christoph Eschenbach, and Andre Previn.

The Symphony fosters education through special events, such as the Weatherfold Family Concerts, with pre- and post-concert fun for children; free pre-concert discussions beginning 50 minutes before each …more…

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

Principal oboist Alecia L. Lawyer began the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) in 2005 in order to formulate “personal relationships through the language of music.”  This focus is reflected in some of the subtle nuances of the ensemble—such as its frequent collaborations with guest conductors as opposed to one artistic director/conductor, and its annual Conductorless! Valentine’s Concert.

Works by composers such as Haydn, Elgar, Ravel, and Stravinsky share concert billing with …more…

VOX-The Rob Seible Singers

Led by Artistic Director Rob Seible—a mainstay in Houston’s choral music scene—this chamber vocal ensemble is at home in both the pops genre, with the music of songwriters like Cole Porter, and the classical world, with the works of composers such William Walton and Frank Martin. ...more...