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2017- 2018 Season


Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. and Concerts Begin at 7:00 p.m.


November 5th, 2017 -  American Music Celebration featuring music by William Bolcom and Cole Porter


For our opening concert, we will be welcoming back some of Musica Tra Amici’s favorites – Houston Symphony keyboardist, Scott Holshouser with his son, baritone Sean Holshouser, and Eric’s daughter, mezzo soprano Brittany Halen. 


Eric Halen - Violin

Brittany Halen – Mezzo Soprano 

Scott Holshouser – Piano 

Sean Holshouser – Baritone  


December 10th 2017 - Duos for violin and viola by Spohr and Mozart


For this concert, Eric will welcome back his good friend and Houston Symphony colleague, Associate Principal Violist, Joan DerHovsepian.


Eric Halen – Violin  

Joab DerHovsepian – Viola


February 25th 2018 - String quintets by Mozart and Dvorak
With this concert – in addition to Joan DerHovsepian - Eric will be welcoming back Houston Symphony Associate Principal Cellist, Chris French. Performing for the first time with Musica Tra Amici will be Rice University Shepherd School of Music Professor of Viola, James Dunham, and Houston Symphony’s newly appointed Principal Second Violin, MuChen Hsieh. 


Eric Halen – Violin
MuChen Hsieh - Violin 
Joan DerHovsepian - Viola
James Dunham - Viola
Chris French – Cello 


April 29, 2018 -  String quartets by Mendelssohn and Smetana

or our final concert of the season, Eric will be joined by his Houston Symphony colleagues, Tong Yan – Violinist, Sheldon Person – Violist, and Brinton Smith – Principal Cellist.


Eric Halen – Violin
Tong Yan – Violin
Sheldon Person – Viola
Brinton Smith - Cello