Hidden Dimensions – an evening of live music and dance

Journey through different musical dimensions, guided by classical and contemporary movements and music of Benjamin Britten, Philip Glass and Axiom Quartet.

Uptown Dance Company partners with Houston’s Axiom Quartet
for two performances of “Hidden Dimensions,” a program of three new
dance works all performed to live music. The performances, which take
place at Uptown Dance Centre, feature music from three Phillip Glass
String Quartets, the first Cello Suite by Benjamin Britten, and
selections from Axiom Quartet’s upcoming debut album (“Axiom – Moments
of Truth,” release date April 13, 2018, Parma Recordings).

Choreographer Andre Silva, current principal dancer with Texas Ballet
Theater, returns to Uptown Dance Company with his newest creation, Hidden Dimension
Mr. Silva explores a narrative approach to his choreographic process,
creating a work that portrays a woman caught in a dream realm.  Music
from Axiom’s new album inspired Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s
newest pas de deux, titled At first sight.  Ms. Gulledge-Brown
describes her work as an example of “art imitating life.” Guest dancer
Rupert Edwards returns to perform in this new work.  Houston audiences
will get the rare opportunity to hear one of the solo cello suites by
Benjamin Britten in a live performance.  Axiom cellist Patrick Moore and
choreographer Alex Pandiscio extracted themes in the work that
resonated with them both – fate, separation, trauma, love, fear, and
triumph. These themes form the basis for the programmatic work, Entanglement.

Mar 2, 2018 to Mar 3, 2018
$30 General Admission; $25 Seniors (65+); $15 College Students with ID / UDC Students
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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WOMEN ROCK! A Benefit Concert for Mildred's Umbrella

A celebration of women in art, music and culture.

Kicking off 2018 with a bang, Mildred’s Umbrella (MU) is teaming up with Rudyard’s British Pub and several local female-fronted bands for 'Women Rock,’ a fundraiser benefitting the theater company’s 2018-19 season. The inaugural concert will celebrate leading contributions of women artists and musicians in Houston.  
“We’re embarking on a challenging new phase for Mildred’s Umbrella in trying to align our mission with the efforts of women in our artistic community who have paved a path to continue to lift them up, celebrate them and hear their stories,” said Managing Director Rebecca Ayres. “This concert will join together some fabulous female-led music groups with women service organizations to highlight another aspect of how women influence culture; plus with our lineup, it’ll be pretty rockin’.”

Associate Artistic Director and Concert Coordinator Miranda Morris added, “In 2018, we plan to expand the scope of our work beyond the stage, and utilize the power of the arts to inspire and support women through a new, dynamic outreach program. To fund this new endeavor, it seemed only natural to partner with other great female artists and performers. ‘Women Rock’ will be an outstanding night of girl power (and great music!). We look forward to kicking off our 2018-19 season with such a large group of remarkable women.” 

Mydolls, one of Houston’s earliest female-led punk bands (1978-present), and Miears will headline the show, with performances by Lazer Kittenz, Pretty Vacant, Benita and Quinn the Brain. The benefit will also feature a silent auction with packages from local vendors and Houston-based female artists.

The funds raised from the evening will support MU’s theatrical productions, which promote both emerging and recognized women playwrights and directors, as well as a new reading series and outreach programs that the company will launch this season. 
The “Women Rock” concert will be held at Rudyard’s British Pub on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Doors open at 7:30 pm and concert will start with a pre-show set at 8:30 pm. Tickets are “pay-what-you-can” with a minimum of $10 per person. Presale tickets are available online at For more information, call 832-463-0409 or email

Musical Performances: Mydolls, Miears, Pretty Vacant, Lazer Kittenz, Pretty Vacant, Benita, Quinn the Brain 
Where: Rudyard’s British Pub – 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006
When: February 10, 2018, Doors at 7:30 pm, pre-show at 8:30, Show begins at 9 pm
Cost: Pay-What-You-Can, minimum $10 per person (additional donations are greatly appreciated)

Feb 10, 2018
Lineup 7:30pm doors open 8:30pm Lazer Kittenz  9:00pm Pretty Vacant 10:00pm Mydolls 11:00pm Quinn the Brain 12:00am Miears
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7:30 pm
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Another Evening of Jazz - Exploring the Voice


Live Music Movement Foundation presents Another Evening of Jazz - Exploring the Voice with Leslie Drayton and Friends

Live Music Movement Foundation presents Another Evening of Jazz  Exploring the Voice. This concert will feature Leslie Drayton and Friends with special guest Kio'ra Michelle on vocals.  

The music will cover a broad range of material utilizing the voice in various settings from spoken word, scat singing, vocalise, and interpretation of the blues. The ensemble will include percussionist Marcus Alexander, keyboardist Tyler Henderson, and Weldon Scott on bass. Visit for more information.

Feb 18, 2018
Live Music Movement Foundation (LMMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the vision to broaden the enjoyment and appreciation of jazz, blues and soul music. The commitment of the foundation is to develop a multicultural, multigenerational audience to keep these musical styles alive and vibrant. By creating an atmosphere where seasoned professionals and new artists can collaborate and share their talents the commitment will be fulfilled. LMMF will present a series of musical events, salons and educational activities. For more information, visit their website at or contact Kathy Drayton at 818-259-0493. 
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Dance Salad Festival 2018

Now celebrating the 23rd anniversary in Houston and the 26th season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance Salad Festival is excited to present Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden), Ballett Zürich (Switzerland), Semperoper Ballett Dresden (Germany), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Rome, Italy), Norwegian National Ballet, Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada (Toronto) and Friedmann Vogel, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, performing Maurice Bejart's  Songs of  a Wayfarer, ODC (San Francisco, USA) and Guillaume Hulot (France/Germany). More to come!

***Note the new location.

PERFORMANCES: March 29, 30 and 31, 7:30 PM, in the new location due to flood damage on the Wortham Center.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby, Houston, TX, 77002.  

TO BUY TICKETS, $25-$58 (including fees) go to  

Don’t delay as fewer seats will be available in Zilkha Hall. Arrive early for downtown parking.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT PACKAGE for out-of-town visitors:

As a recipient of the special marketing grant through Houston First Corporation's Tourism Incentive Program, Dance Salad Festival is partnering with the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to offer a special package for our out of town guests that will include: 

  • Special Discount on Dance Salad Festival tickets for live performances on March 29, 30 and 31, 2018, 7:30PM, Zilkha Hall, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Special room rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Houston with free breakfast and valet parking for two.
  • Free passes to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

CHOREOGRAPHERS’ FORUM –March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM @ Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Featured choreographers to be announced. Free event.

Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek to music of Tchaikovsky and Christian Spuck’s Romeo & Juliet to Prokofiev’s score.

 Dance Salad Festival will present two different takes on Shakespeare’s epic love story. Royal Swedish Ballet will show a Houston premiere of the Balcony pas de deux from Mats Ek’s Julia & Romeo, set to selected works by Tchaikovsky, while Ballet Zurich will show a US premiere by Artistic Director, Christian Spuck, who spins the same story yet under its traditional title of Romeo and Julia set to the widely used score of Prokofiev, also presenting the Balcony pas de duex. 

Mats Ek, master of reinterpretation of the great classics into contemporary dance says: “It’s time to turn the tables…I tried to go back to the source, which is Shakespeare—but before that was an Italian short story called Juliet and Romeo. If you read the play, the major conflict takes place in the family of Juliet… With something we know so well, the title also becomes almost a label, and to turn it around may open the door to rethinking it.” 

Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Julia set to Prokofiev’s score was the first ballet created for Ballett Zurich under his artistic leadership as it holds a special place in his heart. Spuck says: “Romeo and Juliet has followed me throughout my life… The first ballet music I ever heard was Prokofiev’s score, and I still think it is the most exciting and moving ballet music that exists.” 

Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Rome, will mark its 4th appearance in Dance Salad Festival with a Houston premiere of the curated version of Rossini Ouvertures, comic and imaginative piece set to music of Gioachino Rossini, and mysterious and introspective The Hesitation Day, set to music by Norn and Amon Tobin, all choreographed by company’s Artistic Director, Mauro Astolfi

Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Germany, makes its 5th appearance at Dance Salad Festival with David Dawson’s Pas de Deux from On the Nature of Daylight set to music by Max Richter. On the Nature of Daylight is Dawson’s one of the most well known and long lived works that explores the eternal theme of love. Premiered in Semperoper Ballett Dresden and Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, Germany in 2007, the pas de deux from this work debuted  in DSF by Dresden Semperoper Ballett in 2009.

Guillaume Cote, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto and Friedemann Vogel, Principal Dancer of Stuttgart Ballet, Germany will perform Maurice Béjart’s Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) set to the music of Gustav Mahler, created in 1971 for Rudolf Nureyev and Paolo Bortoluzzi. It tells an expressive story of a romantic wanderer set on a journey full of adversity and solitude, confronting his own Destiny, the other  character in the pas de deux. This work debuted in Houston Ballet gala performance in 2004 in Houston.

Norwegian National Ballet, Oslo, will premiere in USA Imitations, an energetic creation that explores the role of gender and traditional forms in art among other interesting questions. Imitations was created for NNB by Houston Ballet's former dancer /choreographer Garrett Smith, and is set to music by Michael Gordon. Smith created three works for Houston Ballet with latest being Reveal which premiered in 2015.

Guillaume Hulot (France/Germany), dancer and choreographer from France, the ballet master of Gauthier Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany, will premiere in USA his two works BEANS, set to music by Kurt Cobain and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Tuning Another Being set to music by Christian Grifa, performed by dancers from Spain, USA, Germany and Japan.

ODC, San Francisco, will debut in Dance Salad Festival with boulders and bones choreographed by Brenda Way, Founder and Artistic Director of ODC and KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director. Inspired by the work of visual artist Andy Goldsworthy and set to a commissioned score by acclaimed avant-garde cellist Zoë Keating, Way and Nelson's fearless choreography touches on transformation in both art and nature.

Mar 28, 2018 to Mar 31, 2018
Free and $25-59
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
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2018 Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Opportunities for Writers and Musicians

2018 Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Opportunities for Writers and Musicians

2018 4-week Residency Sessions

Session 1: Thursday, May 24th - Monday, June 18th, 2018

Session 2: Thursday, June 21st - Monday, July 16th, 2018

Session 3: Thursday, August 9 - Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Session 4: Thursday, September 6th - Monday, October 1st, 2018

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2018

Applications only accepted through Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Submittable site:

Byrdcliffe welcomes Artists-in-Residence for 2018 in the areas of Writing, Music Composition, and Playwriting/Screenwriting (details below).

Individual artists participating in Byrdcliffe's Artist-in-Residence program are asked to pay a subsidized fee of $700 for the 4-week residency which covers studio access and accommodations within a 250-acre mountain campus. You may select your accommodation preferences on the application. Byrdcliffe offers financial aid opportunities to participants based on a combination of need and merit. To be considered for a fellowship, artists must submit the required financial information listed in the application.


All forms of original prose, poetry, and nonfiction are accepted at Byrdcliffe for the May through September 2018 AIR season. Nonfiction in this category may include essays, criticism, journalism, autobiography, monographs, memoirs, and experimental forms.

Music Composition

Composers, songwriters, and musicians working in a wide range of musical genres are welcome at Byrdcliffe during the May through September 2018 AIR season. Music Composition residents have access to a private studio called the Ice House, a converted outbuilding near the Byrdcliffe Barn where they can work undisturbed as well as several performance spaces that may be utilized for informal presentations of works-in-progress.


Writers working on a screenplay, stage play, teleplay, radio play, and/or an audio drama are accepted at Byrdcliffe in this category for the May through September 2018 AIR season. Playwrights are typically given a work space in White Pines, the magnificent and quiet original home of Byrdcliffe’s founders. At the heart of the colony is the Byrdcliffe Theater, which seats 100 and is fully equipped with a light board and sound system. Residents are welcome to stage productions here if the Theater is not in use by another theater company.

More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs can be seen here:


Questions about Byrdcliffe’s AIR program or required materials? Email


Since its founding in 1902, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, located in the historic, unique community of Woodstock, NY, is one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America, located only 2.5 hours north of New York City. Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists like Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more, to and live and work on a 250-acre property surrounded by the serene beauty of the Catskill Mountains.


Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Self-identified women, people of color, LGBTQIA and other underrepresented artists are encouraged to apply. Byrdcliffe also offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.

Due Date: Feb 15, 2018
Contact Name: Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Phone: 845-679-2079
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Looking Back in Time

Featuring soprano Karol Bennett, guest conductor Jerry Hou, and a reading by renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman

Travel back time and to other worlds in this program featuring works by Musiqa composers for chamber orchestra. Journey to the dawn of [wo]man with Maternity, an oratorio by Musiqa Artistic Director Anthony Brandt with libretto by frequent collaborator David Eagleman; to the banks of the Sea of Galilee in Pierre Jalbert’s Transcendental Windows inspired by Tiffany stained glass; and the fanciful, otherworldly, Visions from Another World by Karim Al-Zand. The concert features acclaimed soprano Karol Bennett, guest conductor Jerry Hou, and new music ensemble Loop38. Dr. Eagleman will read a selection of his works.

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

Jan 13, 2018
7:30 pm
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Houston’s dynamic chamber ensemble, KINETIC, will be joined by a line-up of stellar soloists, including Christopher
Bozeka (tenor and alumnus, Houston Grand Opera Studio) and Robert Johnson (associate horn, Houston Symphony)
for their winter program “Inner Voices,” on Sunday January 21
st, 6:30pm at MATCH.

Celebrating the unique and diverse creative personalities of KINETIC’s musicians and their guest soloists, “Inner
Voices” presents a variety of works for strings, from quintets to full-force string orchestra. The program begins with
Introduction & Allegro for String Quartet and Strings, followed by former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mead
Composer-in-Residence Anna Clyne’s
Prince of Clouds – which will spotlight KINETIC’s own violinists Natalie Lin
and Giancarlo Latta. Continuing with their cycle of Benjamin Britten’s works, KINETIC will conclude “Inner Voices”
with the expansive and pastoral
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, featuring Mr. Bozeka and Mr. Johnson.

“Inner Voices” is the second in a series of three newly curated musical programs for KINETIC’s 2017-18 MATCH
concert series, with the final program, “Musical Madness” taking place on May 6, 2018, 6:30pm.

KINETIC. Photo by Lynn Lane.


Formed in 2015, KINETIC is a collective of 16 passionate and diverse chamber musicians who thrive on collaboration
to create high energy, innovative, and world-class live performances throughout the city of Houston. Led by founder &
Artistic Director, Natalie Lin, the ensemble can be seen performing in various traditional & nontraditional spaces
around town like at MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center), in art galleries, schools, and hospitals. For more
information, please visit or e-mail


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An Evening of Jazz with Leslie Drayton and Friends


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.

Dec 17, 2017
Live Music Movement Foundation (LMMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the vision to broaden the enjoyment and appreciation of jazz, blues and soul music. The commitment of the foundation is to develop a multicultural, multigenerational audience to keep these African American musical styles alive and vibrant.  By creating an atmosphere where seasoned professionals and new artists can collaborate and share their talents the commitment will be fulfilled.  LMMF will present a series of musical events, salons and educational activities.  Live Music Movement Foundation recently relocated from Los Angeles, California and is happy to make Houston, Texas its new home. For more information, visit their website at or contact Kathy Drayton at 818-259-0493.
$15 advance, $20 door
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Singer songwriter Teresa Kolo hits the stage at Anderson Fair Friday, Dec. 15

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Jusitn Dunford
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Singer songwriter Teresa Kolo is returning to her home state from Seattle for a concert at one of her absolute-favorite Houston venues.


WHO: Teresa Kolo, 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.


WHAT: Concert of original songs


WHEN: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.


WHERE: Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant Street, Houston, Texas 77006


THOUGHTS FROM THE ARTIST: Every time I play there, I get shivers. 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 yum.


I’ve got some stuff to share -- like I fell on my ass this last year and a half and I let myself just sit there. I used less than skillful coping tools, and I am a person who knows better.


What I mean is, I really get the beauty of the Petri dishes of giant messes.


Beyond the big world stuff, there has been personal stuff that I got to sort through. I am still surprised that this is where the delicious and spiritually nutritious songs come from. Luckily, by the time I work through them enough to make a song, it’s the humor that shows up-- few dirges aloud!

Praise the baby BABy Jesus and the punk rock Buddha for that.


Please won’t you join me?


Loves loves yous yous,

Teresa Kolo


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit or follow Teresa on Facebook at




About Teresa Kolo

Seattle-based Teresa Kolo is a performing songwriter who embraces her art with wit and optimism. Her strong and percussive guitar style lays a foundation for her primary offering -- honest and intelligent songwriting. Kolo grew up in Houston and devoured all the music played in her home -- Jimmy Reed, Joan Armatrading, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Dana Cooper and Randy Newman. The list goes on. What she culled from her exposure to these diverse artists was the ability to use lyrics to surprise and affect her growing audience. Performing live is where her talent shines most. She is emotive and comfortable on stage, delivering her songs in a way that can only be described as original and authentic.


“…I can't overemphasize how excited we are that Teresa has returned to performing. Her warm and fuzzie but in your face quirkiness is heart-tugging and jaw dropping.

-- Tom Yeager, Songbird Sanctuary


“In a cookie cutter world of formulated music, Teresa Kolo is an inspiration and a standout. Her songs are tough, vulnerable, funny and poignant…sung in that voice truly unlike any I’ve heard before, young and old at once and haunting in its’ beauty”.

-- Dana Cooper


“These are songs by a confident woman, reflecting on relationships without sappiness, blame or regret. Teresa’s unique vocal style catches you unaware. She employs just the right tone and inflection to lend power to her words.” 

-- Pete Mitchell, Under the Volcano


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Mozart's Clarinet Quintet: A Match Made in Music

Presented as part of the Houston Early Music Festival

Houston's newest period instrument ensemble introduces a new genre to the Festival: chamber music from the Classical era. Join us for the music of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, colleagues who inspired one another and remained the best of friends. And what better way to celebrate the day of love than with Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and the basset clarinet d'amore! Historical clarinet virtuoso and builder Thomas Carroll joins La Speranza on his model of the instrument for which the quintet was intended.


Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in b minor, Op. 33 no. 1
W.A. Mozart: String Quartet no. 14 in G Major, K 387 "Spring"
W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K581

Thomas Carroll, clarinet
Joanna Becker and Nadia Witherspoon, violins
Yvonne Smith, viola
Fran Koiner, cello

Feb 14, 2018
Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
$22 for adults, $14 for students
7:30 pm
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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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