Musiqa presents the Houston premiere of by Pulitzer Prize finalist, composer/performer Kate Soper. Part monodrama, part song-cycle, part opera, crosses a volatile musical landscape populated by a series of female protagonists, among them housewives, teenagers, and mothers and daughters; innocents and tragic heroines; and femmes fatales. From Madame Bovary’s passionate whirlwind of delusion, to Lady Macduff’s terrified lullaby, to Clytemnestra’s hypnotic and deadly rage, each one is brought to vivid and unforgettable life as Soper’s mercurial voice traces a path through their stories.
From outrageous fugues to murderous madrigals,
Houston’s dynamic chamber ensemble, KINETIC, closes their 2017-18 season with
“Musical Madness” on Sunday, May 6, 6:30pm at MATCH – a daring and virtuosic
program that spans four centuries and includes two premieres.
Featuring six distinct pieces, the program explores elements of musical risqué in the works of composers who, throughout history, dared to challenge the status quo. With a rich sense of musical lineage threaded throughout, “Musical Madness” also offers nod to individuals who ultimately changed the course of music history: Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov recalls the ghost of Astor Piazzolla in his Tango-infused Last Round; Estonian Erkki-Sven Tüür pays homage to the alarmingly progressive music of Renaissance duke, Carlo Gesualdo in his haunting L’ombra della croce – which will be a U.S. Premiere – and KINETIC’s very own violinist-composer, Giancarlo Latta will offer his own reflections upon Beethoven’s infamous Grosse Fuge in his new work, written specially for KINETIC.
Wind Ensemble CBDNA Showcase
Friday, March 23, 20188 pm - 10 pmFree
Conducted by David Clemmer, the Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble presents a showcase concert for the College Band Directors National Association on Friday, March 23. More information available at http://www.uhbands.com/cbdna-southwest-regional-2018/.
About the College Band Directors National Association
The members of the College Band Directors National Association are devoted to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of music, with particular focus on the wind band medium. CBDNA is an inclusive organization whose members are engaged in continuous dialogue encompassing myriad philosophies and professional practices, committed to serving as a dynamic hub connecting individuals to communities, ideas and resources.
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Houston, TX 77004
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ON THE PROGRAM
Karim Al-Zand: Visions from Another World for chamber orchestra
Anthony Brandt: Maternity for soprano and chamber orchestra
Pierre Jalbert: Transcendental Windows for twelve players
Karol Bennett, soprano
Trumpeter and composer Leslie Drayton will kickoff the
holiday season with a special Evening of Jazz that includes his
original compositions, jazz standards, and a few holiday favorites. The
ensemble will include some of Mr. Drayton's new friends that range from percussionist
extraordinaire Marcus Alexander, teenage phenom Tyler Henderson on keyboards, flute
virtuoso and alto saxophonist Darryl Richards, and TSU jazz studies major
Weldon Scott on bass.
songwriter Teresa Kolo is returning to her home state from
Seattle for a concert of original songs at one of her absolute-favorite Houston
venues, Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant Street, Houston, Texas 77006.
Kolo is a performing songwriter who embraces art with wit and
optimism – and a strong dose of honesty. She recently released the album
“Brave Girl.” Joining her on stage is Eric Korb, who will also perform a few of
his own compositions.
time I play there, I get shivers,” Kolo said. “Partly, it’s the history of all
the masterful songwriters that have done their thing there. Also, the sound in
that room is crazy amazing. It’s like a warm bath of sparkly vibrations…yum
open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, Matchbox 4
WindSync presents “Voyager”, a space-themed concert combining music, multimedia, and science. The program commemorates the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Voyager interstellar mission, which carried the sights and sounds of Earth into the solar system and beyond. WindSync will perform music included on the Voyager Golden Records, curated by a committee led by astrophysicist Carl Sagan, interspersed with audio recordings of natural events and projected images. The quintet will also share cosmically-inspired classical music from a time when space travel was only a dream, including Offenbach’s “Overture to A Trip to the Moon” and excerpts of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”.
The program will feature a mini-lecture from space scientist Dr. Paul Schenk. Before serving as participating scientist for NASA’s DAWN and Cassini missions and working as a co-investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto, Schenk was an intern during the Voyager 2 Jupiter encounter. He will introduce the audience to the Voyager mission, discuss its major scientific and philosophical advances, and share some of the “music” that it has sent back to Earth in the form of data.
conductorless ensemble, KINETIC launches their third concert season
on Sunday, October 15, 5pm at MATCH with folk-inspired music from Eastern
Europe and Scandinavia. Einoiuhani Rautavaara’s Pelimannit (“Fiddlers”) and Béla
Bartók’s Romanian Dances are rustic miniatures based on Finnish and Romanian
folk tunes, while Olli Mustonen’s Sinuhe for violin orchestra tells the story
of Sinuhe, the personal physician at the court of the Pharaoh Akhenaten.
Closing the program is Bartók’s Divertimento, a staple of the string orchestra
repertoire, composed before Bartók left Hungary at the outbreak of the Second
Formed in 2015, KINETIC is a conductorless
ensemble based in Houston, Texas, that aspires to enrich the musical
vibrancy of Houston’s cultural landscape through live
performances, distinct programming, and interactive learning experiences. Comprised
of 16 passionate and diverse string musicians and led by Artistic Director
Natalie Lin, KINETIC thrives on its unique focus on creative
collaboration to create engaging musical experiences for the great city of
Houston. It is a world-class ensemble that proudly calls Houston home – it is
Houston’s own conductorless ensemble.