HOUSTON – The Houston Symphony will celebrate Mardi Gras family-style with performances of Mardi Gras Menagerie! at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Jones Hall. The jazzy, fun-filled celebration will be led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz.

The program will include Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, including elephants, kangaroos and feathery friends vividly brought to life by the orchestra and duo pianists Scott Holshouser and Steven Dong. Holshouser, the Symphony’s principal keyboardist, has been a member of the orchestra since 1980. Dong was the winner of the 2016 Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition. The concert will also include music from “Happy Feet,” featuring Franz’s penguin pal, Mumble.

David Rainey, a resident artist at the Alley Theatre, will narrate the Carnival of the Animals poetry that was written (based on each movement) by second-grade students at Patterson Dual Language Literature Magnet School in Houston ISD. Audiences are encouraged to attend dressed as a favorite animal for the concert.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Robert Franz, conductor
Scott Holshouser and Steven Dong, pianos
Tickets from $25

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