Houston Symphony Cancels InterAct! Series

Classic Arts News   Houston Symphony Cancels InterAct! Series
The Houston Symphony has canceled the eight concerts scheduled in its 2005-06 interAct! series because of a lack of audience interest, the orchestra announced.

The series features themed programming with commentary by the conductor. This past season, programs included "Musical Makeovers," in which music director Hans Graf conducted and discussed such works as Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Mahler's arrangement of Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet for String Orchestra.

In 2005-06, the four programs were to be led by Carlos Miguel Prieto, Graf, Thomas Wilkins, and Michael Christie.

"While interAct! has been an innovative series and artistically rewarding for our musicians, the series has struggled to develop a consistent audience base," executive director Matthew VanBesien said in a statement. "As we aggressively work toward achieving long-term financial stability for the organization, we decided that we must focus our energies and resources on our most fundamental activities, most notably our classical, pops, and family series in Jones Hall, and our education and outreach activities out in the Houston community."

Subscribers to interAct! have the option of receiving refunds or exchanging their tickets.

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