Houston Symphony Led by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Houston Symphony continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras. Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, and it offers a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. While the Symphony’s home base is Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston, the orchestra serves the entire Greater Houston region, regularly performing at locations around the community. As a cultural ambassador for the city and region, the Houston Symphony has toured extensively, from road tours to military bases in Texas and Louisiana during World War II, to 16 performances at Carnegie Hall. International appearances include concerts in Singapore, Moscow and Japan, in addition to European tours with stops in England, France, Holland, Germany and Austria. In 2010, the Symphony embarked on a seven-city, eight-concert tour through the United Kingdom, performing The Planets – An HD Odyssey to sold-out concert halls. The full-time ensemble of 87 musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances annually.