much better. Though I would make the Play in the background the same font as the smaller text, and possibly treat the background as a gradient of text fading to the bottom as opposed to the tessellation of gray - which makes the background a bit busy.
Of those two examples, I actually prefer the random gradient changes one.
Also, I lament the loss of that beautiful yellow color! The "Houston Symphony" logo is getting a bit lost in this version--could you maybe add the yellow back in and use it to call attention to the Houston Symphony logo?
Otherwise, this looks much cleaner--the kerning is way better, thank you!--but it is also definitely more static. A bit duller than the first version.