Football and Classical Music Collide at Reliant Stadium

Football and classical music will join hands tomorrow night in an unusual collaboration at Reliant Stadium. The Houston Symphony will perform at halftime of the pre-season game between the Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
image of speaker, click here for audio"This is a first for us performing a halftime with the Texans. We've had concerts with them in the past two years, but this will be our first halftime appearance."

Symphony general manager Steve Brosvik says even though it may seem like an odd place to perform classical music, it really isn't.

image of speaker, click here for audio"Certainly we've got a lot of sports fans in the orchestra and there's a lot of people that are both subscribers to the symphony and also season ticket holders. It may seem a little odd, but music and football go together."

The short performance is a warm-up for the symphony's first Pops concert of the season Friday night.

image of speaker, click here for audio"We're playing the last movement of Tsaikovsky's Fourth Symphony but we're only out there for about seven minutes total. Halftime is an active event and we need to get out there and play and then head off the field so the second-half of the game can get moving. So we'll probably be playing the sum-total of about five minutes."

The halftime performance will be lead by assistant conductor and American conducting fellow Brett Mitchell.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...