Our 40th Anniversary at The Grand 1894 Opera House
All concerts start at 4:00 p.m.
Each concert is about two hours (with intermission).
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
Sunday | December 1, 2019 (4pm)
- Weber, Freischütz Overture
- Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto | Grace Park, violin
- Debussy, Berceuse Heroique
- Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis
A not to be missed evening with GRACE PARK, winner of the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition. Her diverse career has carried her from solo and chamber performances in the world’s foremost concert halls to educational workshops in inner-city schools as an artist resident with Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Park plays on a 1799 Nicolas Lupot, generously on loan from a private collection.
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Happy New Year, Vienna Style!
Sunday | January 5, 2020 (4pm)
Celebrate the New Year with a program of fun, lighthearted works.
- Key/Smith, The Star Spangled Banner
- Chabrier, España
- Sullivan, Selection from H.M.S Pinafore
- Copland, Buckaroo Holiday from Rodeo
- Anderson, Bugler’s Holiday
- J. Strauss II: Emperor Waltz
- J. Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
- J. Strauss II: Thunder and Lightening (Polka)
- J. Strauss I: Radetzky March
- Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
Masterworks Valentine’s Concert
Trond Plays Paganini
Sunday | February 9, 2020 (4pm)
- Paganini, Violin Concerto No. 1 | Trond Saeverud, violin
- Howard Hanson, Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”
Galveston own Symphony Orchestra Conductor TROND SAEVERUD plays a very special concert!
Trond’s remarkable career includes performing as a concert violinist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Lincoln Center, and recitals in Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York.
He has recorded with Norwegian and Danish orchestras on the BIS, Grappa, Simax and Aurora labels. His recital CD, HIKA, with pianist Einar J. Rottingen was Editor’s Choice, “Strad Magazine,” May 2001 – and his solo CD “Ghosts” received the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy Award in 1998.
Sunday | March 15, 2020 (4pm)
- Balakirev, Tamara
- Hvoslef, Piano Concerto No. 2 (World Premiere) | Andrew Staupe, piano
- Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”
Experience the world premiere of a new work, “Piano Concerto No. 2” by GSO Conductor Trond Saeverud’s father, the prolific Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef (four-time recipient of the Norwegian Society of Composers’ “Work of the Year” award) with pianist Andrew Staupe.
ANDREW STAUPE is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. In 2012 Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim: “Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease… I was stunned- this was one of the most incredible performances… A once in a lifetime performance!” (NY Concert Review). READ MORE and view videos.
Pines of Rome
Sunday | April 19, 2020 (4pm)
- Lili Boulanger, D’un Matin de Printemps, arr. JoAnn Falletta & Terrie Baune
- Haydn, Symphony No. 94
- Vivaldi, Piccolo Concerto in C | Peter Verhoyen, piccolo
- Respighi, Pines of Rome
PETER VERHOYEN is principal piccolo for the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra. He teaches piccolo at the Royal Flemish Conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels. Together with Stefaan Craeynest, he is the co-founder of Arco Baleno, a chamber music ensemble consisting of string quartet and flute. Peter has made several CDs as well as various radio recordings. READ MORE.
Past 2019-20 Season Concerts
Sunday | October 13, 2019 (4pm)
- Ethel Smyth, Wreckers Overture
- Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2 | Evelyn Chen, piano
- Beethoven, Symphony No. 7
Enjoy hearing a rarely performed work by English composer and suffragette Ethel Smyth, the “Wreckers Overture.”
Hailed by the New York Times as “a pianist to watch [with] brilliant technique,” EVELYN CHEN has performed with major orchestras across the globe. A winner of several international competitions, her recordings have received critical acclaim worldwide. READ MORE and view videos.
Celebrating The Grand’s 125 Years!
Sunday | September 1, 2019 (4pm)
We pay tribute to The Grand 1894 Opera House with popular music from the 1890s-era as it would have been heard in the Grand’s early days, featuring Megan Stapleton, soprano.
- Katharine Lee Bates & Samuel A. Ward: America The Beautiful
- Victor Herbert: Babes in Toyland March and Selections from “Eileen”
- Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus, Mein Herr Marquis
- Jacques Offenbach: Ballet Parisienne and Doll Song (Olympia’s Aria)
- George M. Cohan: Selections from “Little Nellie Kelly”
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Deh! Vieni non Tardar Aria, and Despina’s Aria
- W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan: Selections from H.M.S. Pinafore
- Charles-François Gounod: Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s Waltz and Faust, Ballet Music
- John Phillip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
MEGAN STAPLETON has performed with Houston Grand Opera, GSO, Houston Baroque, Houston’s Bach Society, Houston’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Paul English Jazz Trio, and many more! READ MORE and listen.