Arts Guide — Spring 2016
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Think of music, and hundreds of examples come to mind. From classical to country, cultural to hard rock, Top 40 to cinematic sound tracks, there’s something for everyone during this spring season. The Grand 1894 Opera House is bringing us Kinky Friedman and Paul Anka, the Society for the Performing Arts offers Vilde Frang and Charlie Albright, and Da Camera is highlighting the music of Michael Jackson. Houston Symphony has a strong season with works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Bernstein, as well as family-friendly programs like Superheroes at the Symphony. Toyota Center has booked AC/ DC and Rihanna; Revention Music Center has Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Bonnie Raitt on deck; and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is bringing in Duran Duran and Hank Williams Jr. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has a great lineup, including Pitbull, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock and Los Huracanes del Norte/Banda Los Recoditos.

He Talks to Himself

It’s hard to place Daniel Koren in any single bucket. He’s an Emmy-nominated comedian and composer (Fizzy’s Lunch Lab), he’s directed commercials and music videos (his “neckless” heads over a black background have hundreds of thousands of You- Tube views), and he even worked as a staff pianist for The Juilliard School in New York. What we’re looking forward to is his upcoming stop in Houston, as part of Lott Entertainment’s “Joe’s Pub Series.” His innovative hybrid musical-comedy show is surreal, but in a good way, as he plays the piano and interacts with his own alter egos on the big screen.

Lott Entertainment presents Daniel Koren: The Most Important Thing, February 18-20 at The MATCH.

Show Tunes at the Symphony

Tony®- and Emmy®-nominated Matthew Morrison is one of those renaissance men, known for his dancing and singing, as well as numerous producing, directing and acting credits (television’s Glee). His Broadway breakthrough was playing Link Larkin in Hairspray, and he’s currently starring in J.M. Barrie’s production of Finding Neverland. Now he’s bringing his stellar showmanship style to Jones Hall to perform with the Houston Symphony, singing Broadway standards like “Luck Be A Lady” from Guys & Dolls and “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line, as well as Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Sway.”

Houston Symphony’s An Evening With Matthew Morrison is March 24-26 at Jones Hall.

Return of the Brits

The first two studio albums for UK acoustic-rock quartet Mumford & Sons were successes, with “The Cave” from 2009’s Sigh No More hitting the Top 40, and 2012’s Babel earning Grammy Album of the Year. For the band’s new studio release — its most collaborative to date — Mumford & Sons returned to London’s Eastcote Studios. Last year’s Wilder Mind reveals a minimalist yet panoramic feel, with Winston Marshall trading his banjo for electric guitar. The group will be bringing its anthemic songs, missionary zeal and Old Testament imagery back to The Woodlands; expect to hear first single “Believe,” written during a visit to Texas for a wedding, as well as “The Wolf.”

Mumford & Sons is April 3 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.