World-class Music at Rice

Shepherd SchoolAnother benefit of being part of the Rice community is the opportunity to hear future stars of the music world as they hone their skills at The Shepherd School of Music. Their graduates have won coveted positions in orchestras all over the globe and nearly 40 percent of the orchestral positions in the Houston Symphony are held by Shepherd School students, alumni and faculty (current and former).

The Shepherd School holds over 400 concerts and recitals each year and you won’t want to miss the final symphony orchestra concert of the season, featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (also known as the Resurrection Symphony) on Friday, April 19 at  8 p.m. in Stude Concert Hall at The Shepherd School of Music. Conducted by Larry Rachleff, director of orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music, the orchestra will combine forces with the Rice Chorale, Houston Masterworks Chorus and the Sam Houston State University Chorale.  

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“We have done Mahler’s Second about three times in the past 20 years, and it is always a colossal finish to the season,” Rachleff said. “With more than 100 musicians on stage and 150 singers in the chorus and two vocal soloists, the symphony is an extraordinary voyage into the human condition, and it is always the deepest pleasure to mount this piece with our immensely gifted students.”

UPDATE: The concert is sold out. Go to for the latest news from the Shepherd School. 

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