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Sent on Mormon-News: 12Jun01

By Kent Larsen

Flood Threatens MoTab Houston Concert

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Officials of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are scrambling to find a new venue for the choir's planned concert Friday, June 15th in the wake of flooding this past weekend. The floods, caused by heavy rains, hit much of downtown Houston, flooding three major theaters in the city's Theater District, leaving as much as 6 feet of water in basements. Jones Hall, where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was to perform, the Wortham Theater Center and the Alley Theatre were all closed because of the flooding.

The Houston concert is the first of eight venues for the Choir on its upcoming Southern tour, which extends through June 27th. Choir manager Brent Peterson says that because Houston is such a large city, there are other options. He adds that the more difficult problem may be getting the Choir in and out of a new venue and the city, because of the flooding, "The tough thing will be getting 478 people down there, into their hotels, out to rehearsal and dinner and to the concert that night." However, with other Houston venues also flooded-out, there will likely be some competition for available venues.

For the arts in Houston, the losses from the floods are devastating. The Houston Symphony lost prized instruments, including three Steinway concert grand pianos worth $250,000 each and a 17th-century double base worth $100,000. It also lost its entire library of music and books. The Houston Ballet lost 250 costumes, including those from the current production, valued at as much as $1 million.

The floods have also caused losses and deaths among the population of Houston, and Tabernacle Choir manager Peterson says that the Choir's first concern is for those affected by the flooding.


LDS choir scrambling for new Houston venue
Deseret News 11Jun01 A1

For Theater District, an artistic nightmare
Houston TX Chronicle 12Jun01 A1


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