Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: September 19-25, 2022

New Music Director Juraj Valčuha takes the Symphony through a weekend of stirring pieces | Courtesy of Houston Symphony

See the latest performing arts productions and theater happenings opening across Houston from Monday, September 19 to Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Looking for ways to keep the theater calendar straight? We have you covered with this weekly roundup series tracking openings at theaters and performing arts institutions across the city of Houston.

Dig deeper for more ongoing performances happening on stages across Houston by checking out the 365 Houston Calendar.

Here’s our list of must-see openings:

Top Performing Arts Openings This Week: September 19 to 25, 2022

  • Chamber Music Houston presents Escher Quartet with Roman Rabinovich at Stude Concert Hall | Tuesday, September 20 – The acclaimed string quartet returns to the CMH stage, joined by pianist Roman Rabinovich. They’ll perform a concert of works by Haydn, Dohnányi and Brahms. $20 and up. 7:30pm.
  • TUTS presents Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Hobby Center | Tuesday, September 20 | Ongoing – The music of Fats Waller and the energy of the Harlem Renaissance combine in this Tony Award–winning musical that returns in a brand-new production from Theatre Under the Stars. $40 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A.D. Players presents Miss Maude at the George Theater | Wednesday, September 21 | Ongoing – There’s big buzz around this pre-Broadway play based on the real-life friendship between a Life magazine photographer and a South Carolina midwife. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Ballet presents Good Vibrations at Wortham Center | Thursday, September 22 | Ongoing – Inspired by the music of the Beach Boys, this long-awaited world premiere combines original score with ballet choreography for a triple bill that also features Stanton Welch’s Red Earth and The Letter V by Joseph Haydn. $25 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Ars Lyrica presents Hail, Bright Cecilia at Hobby Center | Friday, September 23 | Virtual Option – The early music ensemble opens its season with a Baroque orchestra of period strings, winds, keyboards, lutes and percussion, along with eight soloists—seven of which are from Houston, making this a great opportunity to see hometown talent in a show that that pays homage to the patron saint of music. $25 and up; $20 for virtual tickets. 7:30pm.
  • ROCO presents Family at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, September 23 | FREE – The full 40-piece orchestra presents a program inspired by family and community, including Grammy-nominated guitarist Mak Grgic in a world premiere of a ROCO-commissioned guitar concerto written by Michael Abels, who composed for the Jordan Peele–directed films Get Out and Us. 8pm.
  • Catastrophic Theatre presents Happy Days at MATCH | Friday, September 23 | Ongoing – The Samuel Beckett tragicomedy explores the story of a woman buried, literally, to her waist in dirt. As the play progresses, she’s further consumed by the earth, but shoulders on, firm in her belief that each new day will be happy. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
  • Uptown Dance presents Take Off at MATCH | Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24 – The company opens its 2022-2023 season with three premieres, featuring choregraphy by Beth Gulledge-Brown, Frances Powless, and Krissy Richmond. $35. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Joshua Bell & Shostakovich 5 at Jones Hall | Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25 – Music director Juraj Valčuha conducts the orchestra in one of music’s most stirring compositions. Superstar violinist Joshua Bell offers Sibelius’ violin concerto and the program also includes a a world premiere from one of today’s most celebrated American composers, Nico Muhly. $29 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • On the Verge Theatre presents Tied at Ensemble Theatre | Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25 | Ongoing – When four little girls were killed in the 1963 bombing at a Birmingham Baptist church, the world mourned. But the attack was personal for David, who lost his youngest daughter. And now, someone is threatening the life of his wife and surviving child. This world premiere one-man play is based on actual events. $35. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Chamber Choir presents Let All the World in Every Corner Sing at South Main Street Baptist Church | Saturday, September 24 – The Grammy Award–winning choir opens its season with a tribute to English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. They’ll perform his “Mass in G Minor for Double Choir,” along with secular works. $40. 7:30pm.
  • Main Street Theater For Youth presents The Last Stop on Market Street at MATCH | Sunday, September 25 | Ongoing – A young boy and his grandmother set out one morning after church, boarding the bus for a ride up Market Street. Along the way, he learns how to see worth and joy in unexpected places. This family-friendly musical is based on the Newberry Medal–winning children’s book. $18 and up. Showtimes vary.

Final Performances This Week

Make plans to catch the final shows of Dream: The Music of the Everly Brothers at it closes at Stages on Sunday, September 25; and snag a seat for the last performances of Karen Stokes Dance’s Mapping Glaciers at MATCH on Sunday, September 25.

Catch more ongoing and upcoming performing arts in our September 2022 roundup.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 Things to Do in Houston, her work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, Downtown, Galveston Monthly and Houston Woman. She is also a regular contributor to’s Houston site. She earned her B.A. in mass communication with a minor in professional writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her M.A. in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native Rhode Islander, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press.