Bun B’s Symphonic Rap-sody


On November 14, local hip-hop legend UGK%26rsquo;s Benard %26ldquo;Bun B%26rdquo; Freeman will perform on the Jones Hall stage with the Houston Symphony in an epic collaboration in conjunction with the Anti Defamation League%26rsquo;s Houston In Concert Against Hate. Never before in the Symphony%26rsquo;s history has the orchestra collaborated with a hip-hop artist; it calls to mind Jay-Z%26rsquo;s fierce performance last year at Carnegie Hall, where the New Yorker stated during the show, %26ldquo;We%26rsquo;re gonna step on all the lines that separate all types of music. We have this beautiful orchestra here %26hellip; hip-hop, jazz %26hellip; all those lines that divide us, we%26rsquo;re gonna step on %26lsquo;em.%26rdquo; If anyone in Houston can break those barriers and cross those lines, it%26rsquo;s Bun, who has crafted original lyrics for the show in tribute to four prominent Houston education and civil-rights figures: Esther Campos, former director of the HHEC community development corporation; Michael Feinberg, founder of educational nonprofit KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program); longtime TSU professor and debate coach Thomas Freeman; and Carol Shattuck, president and CEO of Collaborative for Children, another nonprofit that assists early-childhood development. Tickets $36 to $125, at houstonsymphony.org.


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