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Congratulations to our Oh Snap Photo Contest winners!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Oh Snap! Summer Symphony Nights photo contest! You guys took some awesome pictures during our concert series at Miller Outdoor Theatre in June and for the Fourth of July, making it hard for us to pick just one. The winner of each category will receive a pair of vouchers to use at one of our 2010-2011 season concerts! And now, it’s time to announce the lucky winners — drumroll, please…

Best Performance Shot

Photo by Aaron Kovach

Best Family/Friends Shot

Photo by Serdar Dogan, from his family album

Little Deniz – 6 months old when the photo was taken- immensely enjoyed the Foxtrot and Mendelssohn’s third by Houston Symphony last June, 2010.

Best Fireworks Shot

Photo © Bethany Quillin

I had such a wonderful time at the Independence Day concert! It had been quite a while since the last time I went to see the Houston Symphony so it was literally a breathtaking experience. Listening to sentimental patriotic songs and viewing the gorgeous fireworks display made the Fourth of July this year a night to remember!

Best Venue Shot

Photo by Adam T. Baker

I’ve been a Russophile for years, so I was counting down the days until the Houston Symphony played Tchaikovsky at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. To my delight, I noticed that the International Space Station (ISS) would fly overhead during the performance! As the moment drew near during the concert, I was focused on the symphony and almost forgot to look at the night sky. But, suddenly, the ISS flew overheard. It was truly magical to see the ISS while enjoying Tchaikovsky. I was floating 3 feet above the lawn. It took all my willpower to take my eyes off the ISS and snap a photo!

Best Audience Shot

Photo by oncke1

Check out all of the entries by visitng our Flickr group – and as always – we’d love you to submit your Houston Symphony-related photos to share with other fans!


Snapping away at Summer Symphony Nights

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We found this photo from Adam Baker (AlphaTangoBravo on Flickr), who attended last year's Star-Spangled Salute. Amazing shot!

We hope you’re having a blast at our free Miller Outdoor Theatre concerts – and now we want to see the experience through your eyes! Through July 11, submit your photos from those concerts (including both concerts this weekend, and the July 4th ExxonMobil Star-Spangled Salute) to our OH SNAP! photo contest. By doing so, you’ll have the chance to win ticket vouchers to one of next season’s concerts, as well as be featured on our website, in SymphonE-News and right here on the blog! Enter to win in one – or all – of the categories: Best performance shot*, best family/friends shot, best fireworks shot**, best venue shot and best audience shot.  Photos can be portrait style or abstract … just let your imagination guide your eye!

All you have to do to enter the contest is join the Houston Symphony Flickr Group, add a photo to the group pool and tag it with OhSnap!PhotoContest. The deadline for submissions is July 11, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CST. For more detailed instructions on entering the contest and to read the rules and regulations, please visit us online. For other questions, it’s as easy as sending an e-mail over to

We can’t wait to see all of the entries — there have been some great ones so far. Happy snapping and we’ll see you on the hill!

*Please note there is NO flash photography permitted while the Orchestra is performing.

**There will be a fireworks display only at the July 4th ExxonMobil Star-Spangled Salute concert.

Beautiful music in the heart of Houston

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Conductor Krzystof Urbanski will lead the Orchestra during the June 26 concert. Photo credit: DG Photography

Over the next few weeks, we hope you’ll all be able to join us at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park for Summer Symphony Nights – a series of free concerts featuring exciting repertoires and the chance for an affordable night out on the town! Here’s a quick rundown of what we have to offer (and remember, all concerts are FREE and begin at 8:30 p.m.):

During this year’s performances, we’re excited to add some interesting technological twists to the mix. At June 17th’s “Tweetcert,” you’ll be able to follow our Twitter feed (@HouSymphony) to read live, up-to-the-minute program notes written by Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell. We’ll also have the audience vote via text message for the encore during our June 18th concert. The pieces to choose from will be Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville or Rossini’s Overture to William Tell – each one sure to be a delight!

And what would summer be without some great pictures? Throughout the entire series, we’re inviting you to enter our first-ever photo contest (which we’ve named OH SNAP!), and we look forward to selecting some of the best photos to win!

So, when you’re on your way into Miller, make sure and grab a Symphony hand fan – it will include all of the info you need to participate in these activities! For more information about the programs, conductors and guest artists for Symphony Summer Nights, please visit us online.