Houston Symphony Welcomes Football and Pom-Poms, in an NFL-Themed Concert

Classic Arts News   Houston Symphony Welcomes Football and Pom-Poms, in an NFL-Themed Concert
Symphony lovers and football fans usually don't cross paths most nights, but that will change on September 7, when the Houston Symphony teams up with NFL Films for a night of football footage and music. To keep everyone happy, there will be a few pom-poms thrown in for good measure.

The event, titled Gridiron Glory: Sights and Music of the NFL, will feature new and classic NFL film footage and aims to appeal to fans of the local National Football League team, the Houston Texans, and the Houston Symphony alike. The orchestra will be led by Chelsea Tipton, resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony.

The Houston Texans Cheerleaders will participate in the grand finale performance of the Texans Theme song, performed by Clay Walker.

"The National Football League is America's passion and we are thrilled to be working with Houston's world-class symphony orchestra and the remarkably talented team at NFL Films to present the power and drama of the NFL in this innovative format," said Jamey Rootes, Texans president of business operations.

Matthew Van Besien, executive director/CEO of the Houston Symphony, called the event "more than another example of your Houston Symphony reaching out to a broader segment of our community. It's a real partnership between two giants in Houston's community fabric — great music and great football — matched with the great filmmaking of NFL Films to bring our community a tremendous experience. It's never been done before, and we are proud to be part of this groundbreaking event."

This will be the second sports-themed event for Houston Symphony, who recently played "baseball music" to video highlights of the game. The July 22 concert concluded with a tribute to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, featuring images of all 259 Hall of Fame members. The program included orchestral versions of The Baseball Polka, written in 1858; John Philip Sousa's The National Game, Ruth Gehrig's I Can't Get to First Base Without You and music from baseball films such as Field of Dreams.

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