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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Social: 6:30 PM, Program: 7:00 PM

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church
Musica Tra Amici

In a special night meeting, November 14 we welcome Eric Halen and daughter Brittany together with Scott Holshouser and his son, Sean, as guest performers. Performance will be at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 18300 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay with welcome and reception at 6:30 and performance starting at 7:00 p.m.

A superb violinist, Eric Halen is the Co-Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His playing has been described by critics as “sterling” and “tenderly expressive and dramatic.” A member of the Houston Symphony since 1987, Mr. Halen received his Master’s degree at age 20 from the University of Illinois and became artist teacher of violin at Texas Christian University at age 23.


Scott Holshouser is the principal keyboardist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the faculty at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. A skilled and entertaining performer, Mr. Holshouser joined the Houston Symphony in 1980. He is a former staff pianist with the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera and presently is the accompanist for the Houston Symphony Chorus, the Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition and the Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition.

Sean Holshouser has been singing and performing for Houston audiences since the age of 9, when he joined the HITS Theater group. He has performed with the graduate students at the Morse School of Music (Harvard), the Houston Symphony, the Alley Theater and the Houston Grand Opera. Known for his exceptional ability to engage his audience and flawless performances, Sean is both an actor and vocal soloist. He favorite roles include Gavroche in Les Miserables and Jesus in Godspell. His recording of “In Dreams” is one of the most popular on YouTube with over 84,000 views.  

Brittany Halen started playing the violin at age 6 under the instruction of her father, Eric Halen, and Grandfather, Dr. Walter Halen. At age 7, she found her way into a pair of tap shoes at Becky’s School of Dance. Finally, she found her love of musical theater through Theatre Under the Stars Humphreys School of Musical Theater where she was a student throughout high school. During this time, she also studied voice privately with the renowned vocalist Patti Spain. She recently appeared as Josie Cohan in George M! with Theatrezone in Naples, Florida. In Houston, Texas, she has performed as a vocal soloist with the Houston Symphony in a tribute performance to Marvin Hamlisch. Brittany has also appeared as a vocal soloist with Musica Tra Amici in Music and Songs by Gershwin and Copland. As an educator, Brittany is a teaching artist with the Humphreys School of Musical Theater’s Academy and Outreach programs. She has previously worked with Theater Under The Stars – The River, where she teaches musical theater classes to children with disabilities. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater with a concentration in Dance from Sam Houston State University, and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

Mark your calendars and be certain to attend. HSLBA welcomes guests– young and old -- to hear these extraordinary performers. There is no charge

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church is on Upper Bay Road a few blocks from NASA Road 1 just a little way past our previous meeting location.

The Houston Symphony League Bay Area (HSLBA) is a dream realized by Fran Strong and Selma Neumann, the first presidents.

Chartered in 1976 under the auspices of the Houston Symphony, its mission is to promote music appreciation and enrichment.

HSLBA presents music programs for all students in CCISD elementary schools.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to enjoy, support or promote the music of the Houston Symphony. Guests are always welcome.

For further information about monthly meetings contact us at 281-488-7614.