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Best of the City: Arts & Culture

Ray Dennison and Mellanie Perez | December 28, 2016 | Feature Features

As Houston celebrates 2017 and prepares for the Super Bowl, the foremost thing on the city's agenda is putting the best boot forward. We're talking arts and culture worthy of standing ovations, style that's always on point, world-class health and beauty, design and realty for bon vivants, and food. We really can't forget the food. It's all right here.
PLAY ON Steven Reineke, the Houston Symphony's new principal pops conductor, at Hotel ZaZa

The Virtuoso
Steven Reineke, 46, has been conducting concerts since 1995, and he’s led orchestras from New York to Taiwan. He’s the musical director of The New York Pops series at Carnegie Hall, and he’s a regular here in Houston. In fact, back in September, the Houston Symphony named him the principal pops conductor designate. Sparks flew when he conducted the orchestra’s Fourth of July concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre this summer, and he knocked everyone’s socks off yet again when he opened the orchestra’s pop series with a Judy Garland tribute featuring Linda Eder. It should come as no surprise, then, that he’s officially been named the principal pops conductor for the Houston Symphony’s 2017-2018 season. Although he plans to keep his residence in Manhattan, he’ll be on hand in H-Town a lot more. “I love how responsive and enthusiastic the Houston audience has always been,” Reineke says, “and I’m counting on creating even more memorable concert experiences.”


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