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Yue Bao, conductor
Yue Bao, conductor | © Matt Genders

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Thu Jul 28 — Fri Jul 29, 2022

Orchestra Hall

Yue Bao, assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony, examines the role of destiny in works by Verdi, Strauss and Beethoven. Soprano Jessica Rivera sings Richard Strauss’ poignant Four Last Songs, and BRKFST, a eight-member collaborative dance ensemble, will create an original work to Beethoven’s Grosse fuge in a style that merges elements of break dance and contemporary dance. Capping the program is one of the most popular symphonies ever composed, Beethoven’s Fifth.

July 28

10:40AM BRKFST Dance Performance / Target Atrium

4:00–6:00PM Southside Aces / PEAVEY PLAZA

July 29

Free pre-concert entertainment: 6:45–7:45PM Ginger Bones / PEAVEY PLAZA

7:40PM BRKFST Dance Performance / Target Atrium

Free post-concert entertainment: 10:00–11:00PM The Bird & Diz Legacy Quintet, Ep. 3 / TARGET ATRIUM

Pre-order your Bubbles and Bites: A sweet and savory sharable basket of goodies, paired with Prosecco Rosé. Learn more

Want to check out the rest of the schedule for the summer? Visit Sounds + Bites

Date & Time





    Overture to La forza del destino


    Four Last Songs

  • BEETHOVEN/Steinberg

    Grosse fuge 


    Symphony No. 5


Minnesota Orchestra

BRKFST Dance Company

Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, exhibits and more. All free with your concert ticket!

Sounds + Bites

Come early and stay late for Sounds + Bites: special food experiences and free entertainment by outstanding local performers on the magnificent Peavey Plaza. Enjoy a cocktail beside the reflecting pool during our $5 Happy Hour while you listen. Learn more.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre


Where: Balcony A Lobby

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre uses water, flour, newspaper, paint, and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Come see themed displays of puppets created by HOBT artists; from large dragon masks to a collection of winged creatures!

BRKFST Dance Performance

When: Thu Jul 28 | 10:40am - Fri Jul 29 | 7:40pm
Where: Target Atrium

BRKFST Dance Company's performance investigates the imbalance endemic to artists’ existence through breaking and contemporary dance. Often crippled by unforeseen obstacles, the looming pressure of success as an artist provokes mounting anxiety and self-doubt within the search for one’s authentic purpose.

Video: BRKFST Dance Company

Accessibility Services

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large Print Programs
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.



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The Creative Partner position is supported by Marilyn and Glen Nelson.