Family Fun On The African Safari, Featuring Music From The Lion King

The Houston Symphony Kicks-Off its 2014-15 Family Concert Series on Saturday, November 1st; Also on the Program: The ‘Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture’ Dance Company

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 10/21/2014, 1:50 p.m.
On November 1, embark on the first concert of the Houston Symphony’s Family Concert Series as Associate Conductor and audience ...
Join the Houston Symphony for an African Safari

HOUSTON (October 21, 2014) – On November 1, embark on the first concert of the Houston Symphony’s Family Concert Series as Associate Conductor and audience favorite Robert Franz leads the orchestra in a program entitled African Safari with Music from The Lion King. Get your passport stamped as you trek across Africa listening to the sounds of exotic wildlife, enjoy the treasured melodies from Disney’s Lion King and dance to African folk tunes and drumming, accented by the dynamic beats and movements of a West African Houston-based dance company, the Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture.

Don’t forget to pack your binoculars, khakis, safari hat and an adventurous spirit, as Associate Conductor Robert Franz and the Houston Symphony guide your musical excursion across Africa. Costumes are encouraged!

The Family Concert Experience

As always, the family concert experience includes in-lobby activities including the Instrument Petting Zoo, crafts, and young musician performances. Our 4-concert Family Series offers a mix of thematic orchestral music for young minds. The full 2014-15 Family Concert Series also includes ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in December, Star Wars and More! in March, and School House Rock! in April. Each 50-minute concert is held on Saturday mornings with two start times, either 10am or 11:30am. Lobby activities take place before the 10am performance and after the 11:30am performance. Associate Conductor Robert Franz always shows up dressed in character, and audiences are encouraged to do the same!


African Safari with Music from The Lion King

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00am and 11:30am

Robert Franz, conductor

Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture

Tickets from $19

Jones Hall

615 Louisiana St.

Houston, TX 77002

About the Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture

Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture provides “edutainment” services by preserving and promoting the rich cultural history of West African Drum and Dance. Intuitive provides instruction and performance services in traditional West African rhythms and the transitions of those dances and rhythms throughout the Diaspora.

Founded in 2007 by Tracie Jackson and Mechelle Smith, Intuitive has provided instruction and performance services for several venues including, Wortham Theater; Discovery Green; Museum of Fine Arts; the Bayou Arts Festival; the Children’s Museum of Houston; Rice University; Dance Houston; Crowd Pleasers Dance; HCC; Klein Oak Dance Club; Project Row Houses; Shell Oil; Becthel and the Haven Center.

About Robert Franz

As Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony and Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Robert Franz is acclaimed by critics and composers.

In increasing demand as a guest conductor, Robert debuted with the Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina last season.

In Houston, he leads the Symphony in educational and family concerts. His work with students has led to a continuing relationship with Radio Disney. Last season, Robert conducted the orchestra’s 100th anniversary concert; led a family series concert with the Houston Grand Opera, Theater Under the Stars and the Alley Theatre; partnered in a concert for the Anti-Defamation League; and was on the podium for a side-by-side performance of Tchaikovsky’s 6th with the Houston Youth Symphony totaling 150 musicians.