Houston Symphony Cancels Performances

September 18, 2008

At the urging of City of Houston officials, all Houston Symphony performances of Gil Shaham Plus Mozart have been cancelled. These concerts were originally scheduled for Sept. 18, 20 and 21.

While the concerts had been rescheduled to two afternoon matinee performances in observance of the citywide curfew and in coordination with local officials, the city made it clear that holding a public event in the downtown area could create a difficult public safety issue.

“We regret being unable to perform,” said Matthew VanBesien, Symphony executive director/CEO. “We had hoped to offer Houstonians some relief from the stress caused by the on-going recovery from Hurricane Ike, but responding to the Police Department’s concern about the public safety is obviously of paramount importance.”

Gil Shaham Plus Mozart will not be rescheduled. Dvorak’s New World Symphony has been rescheduled for Oct. 3 and Oct. 5.

Ticket holders are free to exchange their tickets for another classical subscription performance at no cost. All ticket holders retain the value of their seats. The Houston Symphony Customer Service Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 713-224-7575.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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