Rapper to perform with Houston Symphony

November 4, 2013 by  

A Houston rapper is set to make history in an unusual way, as Bun B becomes the first rapper ever to perform with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Bun B (born Bernard Freeman) is a popular Texas rapper, formerly of the hip hop dup UGK (UnderGround Kingz). He has been performing since 1987 both with UGK and as a solo performer. In addition to his music career, he is also a Distinguished Lecturer at Rice University, teaching courses on Hip-Hop and Religion for the School of the Humanities.

Bun B was asked by the Houston Symphony to write and perform a song to be performed by the orchestra at its November 14 ‘Houston in Concert Against Hate’ concert. He decided to write a song that pays tribute to influential educators in the Houston community, like Ether Campos, and Dr. Thomas Freeman. He hopes to honor its commitment to standing up to intolerance and extremism. The concert will be conducted by Robert Franz and narrated by Emmy award-winning actress Alfre Woodard. More information about it is available on the event’s website.

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