Take in virtual or live performances this holiday season with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions happening online and in-person in February 2021.
Houston’s performing arts community is nothing if not resilient. So many performance companies have moved to online events, in many different ways. Some offer all shows for free, others offer ticketed events, and a few industrious companies are staging socially distanced in-person concerts.
Each venue has detailed information on their efforts to make concert-going experiences safe, so please check with the event organizer before deciding whether to attend. In some cases, venues are also hosting live-stream performances alongside in-person options so you may find a way to enjoy this month’s concerts based on what is safe for you.
Performances are listed first in chronological order of viewing availability, and second by viewing end date.
Top 12 Performing Arts Events in Houston: February 2021
- Broadway Across America presents Broadway Profiles Show Spotlight: Hadestown | Now Playing | Virtual | FREE – The 2019 multi-Tony Award-winning show won’t launch in Houston until January of 2022, but this behind-the-scenes look gives audiences reason to get excited.
- Bach Society Houston presents Concerti for Strings: Bach, Vivaldi & Telemann | Saturday, February 6 | Virtual | FREE – The ensemble presents dazzling works in concert from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Donations are encouraged. 4pm.
- 4th Wall Theatre Company presents Random Acts | Through Sunday, February 7 | Virtual | FREE – This autobiographical play follows one woman as she looks back on the events of her childhood, from the aftermath of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death to dancing with Julie Andrews and more. The performance is free, but flexibly priced donations are encouraged.
- Stages Theatre presents Ann | Through Sunday, February 7 | Virtual – The incomparable Sally Edmunson reprises her role as the equally incomparable Ann Richards, former Texas governor. The one-woman show is both hilarious and inspiring, and an unforgettable look at one of Texas’ most larger-than-life politicians. $25. Showtimes vary.
- The Alley Theatre presents A Half Sheet of Paper | Through Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 | Virtual | FREE – Based on a short story by August Stridberg and translated and directed by the Alley’s Rob Melrose, this play is the story of the flood of memories that emerge when a man, readying to move out of his apartment, finds a sheet of notes next to the telephone.
- Houston Grand Opera presents Concert of Arias | Friday, February 5 through Thursday, March 4 | Virtual | Free – This year’s annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers will be live-streamed for the first time ever. The event brings together some of the best talent in opera to identify candidates for HGO’s internationally renowned HGO Studio program, which nurtures young artists. Premiering 7pm and remaining viewable online into early March.
- The Ensemble Theatre presents I, Too, Am America | Sunday, February 7 through Sunday, February 28 | Virtual – This celebration of the contributions that Black people have made to American culture combines music, drama, and choreography to tell its story. $25.
- Main Street Theater presents The Book of Magdalene | Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 21 – Combing faith with tough love and magic, this contemporary story explores life in the “weird times,” following a catastrophic event. Magdalene goes through her existence, waiting for something to help her be alive again. The show is pay-what-you-can from $20 to $54.
- Musiqa presents Inside/Out | Saturday, February 13 to Sunday, February 28 | Virtual – In collaboration with Open Dance Project, these two short dance films blend the music of Andrew Norman and Hawa Kassé with Open Dance”s incredible choreography. The show is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $25.
- Da Camera presents Sullivan Fortner in Concert | Friday, February 19 | Virtual | FREE – Filmed at the Steinway Piano Factory in New York City, this evening offers a blend of Fortner’s original compositions along with selections from the Great American Songbook. Free with registration. 7pm.
- Houston Symphony presents Death & the Maiden | Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 | Virtual & In-Person – Acclaimed opera singer Sasha Cooke joins the Symphony to sing Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer). Also on the program is the string orchestra arrangement of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet. Live tickets start at $34; virtual tickets $20.
- Houston Chamber Choir presents A Time to Lift Up | Daily through Tuesday, August 31 | Virtual | FREE – This concert is a tribute to music educators, their students and the miracle that live music can create.
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