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KINETIC Teams Up with Windsync, Robert Johnson, and Dr. Thomas Jaber for “American Spaces”
Houston’s premier conductorless ensemble presents its first concert of 2019 featuring acclaimed guest musicians.
Houston, TX – KINETIC, the conductorless ensemble, presents its first concert of 2019: American Spaces at Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston – MATCH on Sunday, February 3 at 6:00 PM. As one of the most versatile and innovative classical groups in Houston, KINETIC will perform alongside award-winning quintet, Windsync, Houston Symphony associate principal horn, Robert Johnson, and Rice University Professor of Music, Dr. Thomas Jaber, for a program that journeys from the German Baroque to twentieth-century America.
Beginning with J.S. Bach’s third Brandenburg Concerto, the program fast-forwards two hundred years to Igor Stravinsky’s neoclassical masterpiece Dumbarton Oaks and Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos’ mixed chamber piece, Chôros No. 7. Concluding the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s Suite in the Old Style (written shortly after the composer relocated to California), a piece that reveals the twelve-tone master’s newfound embrace of tonality during his early American years.
American Spaces will be Windsync and Robert Johnson’s second time collaborating with KINETIC — KINETIC and Windsync last performed together in 2017, and Mr. Johnson was a featured soloist with KINETIC last season. “We are thrilled to welcome back WindSync and Robert Johnson. As some of the most talented artists and collaborators we’ve worked with, we can’t wait to see what we can come up with together. KINETIC is committed to collaborations across instruments, organizations, and even cultures – and this program shows our dedication to both inter-organizational collaboration and to showcasing underperformed music that deserves to be heard.” –Natalie Lin, Artistic Director and Founder
Tickets for American Spaces are available through the MATCH box office. American Spaces is KINETIC’s second concert in their MATCH 2018-19 Series, which will conclude on Sunday, May 5 with Flor de Lã: New Brazilian Classics, co-presented with Aperio.
For more information about KINETIC, please visit www.kineticensemble.org
One of the most innovative new classical groups in Houston, KINETIC brings together fierce artistry, provocative programming, and a committed collaborative energy to the live classical music experience for Houston’s diverse communities. A sixteen-member, exclusively conductorless orchestra founded in 2015 by Natalie Lin – a doctoral candidate at Rice University, KINETIC defies the hierarchical format of the traditional orchestra model, and instead embraces a modern, collaborative approach to performing.
Now in its fourth season, KINETIC continues to deliver programs to Houston audiences that push classical music forward. Rather than recycling mainstream repertoire, KINETIC serves both as an ambassador for under-represented works of the past and new music of today. Since forming in 2015, the group has premiered seven works – including music by Rice University professors Karim Al-Zand and Pierre Jalbert, and KINETIC’s own violinist-composer, Giancarlo Latta.
In addition to its MATCH concert series, KINETIC also features its musicians in more intimate contexts through chamber music salons. They frequently partner with other Houston local creatives, such as designer Kathrine Zeren, dance companies MetDance and Open Dance Project, and musical groups Windsync, Aperio, and Musiqa. Committed to immersive musical learning, KINETIC’s signature Open Rehearsal Demonstrations program provide encounters with KINETIC musicians that are informal, conversation-driven, and pedagogic. Designed specifically for audience interaction, these Demonstrations have engaged and inspired audiences of all types, from middle school students, to young professionals and seasoned music lovers.
KINETIC can be seen performing at various traditional and informal spaces around Houston, including Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, Archway Gallery, Methodist Hospital, St Paul Methodist, A 2ndCup – and more.
The Moores School of Music welcomes organist Guy Whatley to campus for a special presentation on music of the Tudor Period.
Lawrence Wheeler, viola
Neal Kurz, piano
Associate Professor Lawrence Wheeler presents a 1919 Viola Centennial recital, featuring works by Rebecca Clarke and Paul Hindemith.
Photo by Marianne Bevis
The event will take place in Dudley Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building on UH Main Campus.
The University of Houston’s Moores School of Music presents
the 36th International Piano Festival, a thrilling series of
recitals and masterclasses featuring some of the greatest performers in the
world. Led by nonagenarian and IPF Founder Abbey Simon, this dynamic weekend of
pianism features Russian virtuoso Alexander Kobrin and charismatic rising star
Sean Chen, our 2019 Discovery Artist.
January 31, 7: 30 p.m. – Sean Chen
Chopin: Tarantelle, Etude Op. 25/7; Scriabin: Nocturne;
Chopin-Godowsky: Etude, Op. 10/12;
Chopin-Liszt: 6 Chants Polonais, S. 480; Chopin: Mazurkas,
Op. 63; Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22
February 1, 7:30 p.m. – Abbey Simon
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12; Beethoven: Sonata No. 1 in
F minor, Op. 2 No. 1; works by Chopin and Ravel
February 2, 7:30 p.m. – Alexander Kobrin
Schubert: Sonata in G major, D. 894; Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in
F minor, Op.
February 1, 3 p.m. – Alexander Kobrin
February 2, 9 a.m. – Sean Chen
February 2, 2:30 p.m. – Abbey Simon
Learn more and view the full schedule of events at uh.edu/pianofestival.
The 36th International Piano Festival kicks off with a recital by the 2019 Discovery Artist Sean Chen, featuring the music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
About the Artist
Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), American pianist Sean Chen, winner of the 2013 American Pianists Awards and third prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has continued to earn accolades for “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” (New York Times) and “genuinely sensitive” (LA Times) playing. He was named a 2015 fellow by the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts.
For more information and a full schedule, visit uh.edu/pianofestival.
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