Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate all of the things we’re thankful for. This Thanksgiving Weekend, the Houston Symphony is giving thanks for two of the greatest symphonic composers of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms. To make these performances even more memorable, the Houston Symphony is welcoming two special guests sure to turn these concerts into pure magic.
The Houston Symphony’s A Mozart & Brahms Thanksgiving will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th and again at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 25th. The symphony orchestra will be joined by pianist Inon Barnatan, who the London Evening Standard calls “a true poet of the keyboard,” and guest conductor David Danzmayr, chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Danzmayr will open the program with the overture to Franz von Suppé’s operetta The Beautiful Galatea which presents an exciting medley of several Viennese waltzes. Danzmayr and the orchestra will when close out the program with Johannes Brahms’ iconic Symphony No. 4, one of the most emotionally-charged symphonies ever written.
In the middle of the program, pianist Inon Barnatan will perform Mozart’s masterful Piano Concerto No. 22. This concerto is considered the pinnacle of Mozart’s orchestral works, marking the first composition for which Mozart adds clarinets to the orchestra.
Don’t forget to attend the Prelude pre-concert discussion, held 45 minutes before each performance. These discussions are led by Houston Symphony Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero and feature different guest artists or orchestra members and offer insights into the works being performed.
A Mozart & Brahms Thanksgiving takes place at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston’s Theater District. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.houstonsymphony.org or by calling (713) 224-7575. Don’t miss what’s sure to be one of the most breathtaking things to do Thanksgiving week in Houston.