Where did we come from?
The Clear Lake Symphony, with Music Director Dr. Charles Johnson, starts its 44rth season in the fall of 2019 and numbers over seventy players from the Bay Area. The symphony, recognized as a premiere community orchestra, is a member of ASCAP and BMI. It seeks to complement the activities of nearby professional orchestra by providing opportunities for Bay Area musicians to perform in a variety of musical experiences for the enjoyment of the Bay Area community. Started in 1976, as the University of Houston-Clear Lake Community Orchestra, the Symphony incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1983 and was then renamed the Clear Lake Symphony (CLS). The Symphony maintains a 501 (C) (3) non-profit status from the IRS.
The major goals of the CLS are to present classical music for the residents of the Bay Area and to provide opportunities to qualified musicians both to perform with a classical orchestra and to participate in the music education of the area.
Six regular performances are held each season featuring classical selections and guest soloists. In addition to their classical repertoire, the Symphony performs a Christmas "Pops" Gala and a Fall "Pops" Concert annually.
All concerts are held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Auditorium, 18220 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay at 7:30 pm (see concert dates).
To enhance the music education of the community, the symphony holds an Annual Youth Concerto Competition. Winners are invited to perform at one of the specially planned classical concerts during the season. Also, individual and small groups of musicians perform in area schools and libraries as schedules permit, at no cost to the students.
Call 281-488-0066 (Eye Trends) for ticket information. or call 713-639-0702 (the Symphony Hotline) for other information.