Performing Arts

Complimentary Classical Concert


JOIN US FOR A COMPLIMENTARY CLASSICAL CONCERT!


The Program:

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466
I. Allegro
II. Romanze
III. Rondo. Allegro Assai

Soloist: Brighton Liu, with Cadenzas by Wanda Landwoska

Brief Intermission

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto

Soloist: Geoffrey Loff, with Cadenzas by Ernő Dohnányi

When:
Jun 8, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
2:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP AND NAMELESS SOUND PRESENT SOUNDING THE CISTERN FOR PAULINE OLIVEROS

Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Nameless Sound present Sounding the Cistern

In remembrance of one of the important composers of our time, four improvisers sound the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern for Houston’s native daughter. 

Her significance as a composer was first established in the early 1960’s, through sonically daring works of groundbreaking electronic music (as well as for notated pieces like Sound Patterns, which launched her international career when it earned the Gaudeamus International Composers Award in 1962). She consistently operated on the cutting edge of technology through a range of projects, including her live improvisations with global collaborators, facilitated in real-time through high-speed Internet connection. 

She was an influential teacher, writer and community leader. As a recognized composer, she took a bold step in the early-1970’s with her text-based scores Sonic Meditations. She temporarily rejected public performance, and practiced these scores with a cohort of women that included both musicians and non-musicians. Sonic Meditations may represent the avant-garde’s most significant effort towards inclusivity in music-making. They are still widely employed as the basis for community workshops, and they planted the seed for Oliveros’ philosophy of Deep Listening. 

She was an accordion player, and her practice on that instrument had roots in the city where she was raised. Houstonians well know the instrument as one sounded in a great diversity of cultural expressions. This instrument’s plurality was certainly meaningful to her. And its underdog status in “serious music” was also embraced. This too was rooted in her hometown, as the University of Houston had the country’s only bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical accordion performance.  

She was an improviser. In this capacity, she most immediately expressed her mastery of how sonic frequencies move through physical and architectural space. In performance, her accordion could send sounds in any direction, and shape them in a range of resonances. These abilities were famously employed for recordings in unusual locations with special acoustic qualities. The most famous is her 1988 recording in Washington State’s Fort Worden Cistern. That cistern’s acoustic qualities, like its 45-second reverberation, have become well known. Acoustic architects at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have digitally simulated this space for off-site performance.   

She was an important mentor. Those who she  taught, coached, and inspired span generations around the globe, in contexts that range from the academic to the personal. Through the Deep Listening Institute at Rensselaer, that legacy continues. Here in Houston, Nameless Sound was started under her guidance and remains active after almost 20 years.   

She was a native of Houston, Texas. And she was perhaps the most influential experimental artist ever to come from our city. 

In memory of this singular artist and humanitarian, four musicians with close ties to Pauline Oliveros will sound Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern in the first ever public performance held in this special space. Built as a drinking water reservoir in 1926, the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern was designed to hold 15 million gallons of water when functioning at capacity. 87,500 square feet, and supported by 221 concrete columns which are 25 feet tall, the Cistern features a 17-second sonic reverberation. Buffalo Bayou Partnership restored and repurposed the Cistern into a magnificent public space, offering regular history tours as well as periodic art installations and programs.

When:
May 26, 2019
This event is sold out but you can get on a waiting list by emailing Justin Bogert at jbogert@buffalobayou.org.
Cost:
$10
Time:
6:30 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
Concert times: 6:30pm, 7:30pm, & 8:30pm
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Goethe Pop Up and Nameless Sound present Der lange Schatten with Houston Improvisers

Der lange Schatten: Collaborations with Houston Improvisers

Antonio Borghini (Italy) – double bass
Michael Thieke (Germany) - clarinet
Håvard Wiik (Norway) - piano


Drawing on a repertoire of compositions by all three members, the Italian/German/Norwegian trio has a distinct sound, but a seemingly endless range of possibilities and expressions. Precise unisons follow tightly-woven counterpoint. Nimble technique enables stop-on-a-dime accuracy. The instrumentation allows for clarity and transparency. Sometimes they sound spiky and modernistic. At other times, they swing. Sometimes they may even have a touch of the baroque, or a bit of folkiness. There are melodies that ring of Monk’s angularity, with whiffs of his oblique humor. There’s a dose of Anthony Braxton’s obsessive mania. Dizzying cascades of notes and extended instrumental techniques echo the classic generation of European improvisation. The stylistic blend of “modern-classical” with “jazz” and the relationship of improvisation to composition recall Jimmy Guiffre’s groundbreaking trio, with whom they share the same instrumentation. One might hear a bit of Messiaen’s quartet in there, as well as many other possible sources and influences. Do Der lange Schatten cast a “long shadow” or do they stand in one?


The term “chamber jazz” has been in common usage since the 1960’s or earlier. And some might assign that designation to this trio. But isn’t this term a bit puzzling, and even problematic? Wouldn’t most jazz fit the definition of chamber music? Most is performed in smaller ensembles, where each musician plays their own part. And most jazz music is more appropriate to smaller rooms than large concerts halls. And if “chamber jazz” is meant to imply jazz that is more “serious”, then indeed we do have a problem.


Since the early 20th century, “classical” music and “jazz” music have never been of completely separate streams. European classical music has been in the DNA of jazz from its very beginnings. And modern composers have been appropriating the rhythms, tonalities and techniques of Afrological American music since the earliest recordings of jazz were first heard. Nonetheless, Gunther Schuller’s concept of a “third stream” may still be useful.  Neither jazz nor classical music, the “third stream” was meant to be music able to fully utilize both compositional and improvisational strategies.  It was meant to be a distinct and fully modern movement, whose musicians and composers are fully proficient in both jazz and classical methods.


Whatever category they do or don’t belong to, Der lange Schatten are a totally unique and contemporary expression honed from a mastery of modern techniques and stylistic sources. And their music is intense in its rigor, imaginative in its inventiveness, and breathtaking in its execution.


this program is a part of the Goethe Institute's Wunderbar Together project:
https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/htx.html
https://wunderbartogether.org/


Links:
Der lange Schatten
https://derlangeschatten.bandcamp.com/


Antonio Borghini
http://antonioborghini.com/


Michael Thieke
http://www.michael-thieke.de/


Håvard Wiik
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A5vard_Wiik

When:
May 23, 2019
This is one of two distinct concerts featuring the members of Der lange Schatten in Houston. On Wednesday, May 22, they will perform their own compositions as a trio. For information about that event, go to: http://namelesssound.org/events/2019_5_Der_lange_Schatten.html
Cost:
Free
Time:
8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

Goethe Pop Up and Nameless Sound present Der lange Schatten Trio Performance

Der lange Schatten Trio Performance

Antonio Borghini (Italy) – double bass
Michael Thieke (Germany) - clarinet
Håvard Wiik (Norway) - piano


Drawing on a repertoire of compositions by all three members, the Italian/German/Norwegian trio has a distinct sound, but a seemingly endless range of possibilities and expressions. Precise unisons follow tightly-woven counterpoint. Nimble technique enables stop-on-a-dime accuracy. The instrumentation allows for clarity and transparency. Sometimes they sound spiky and modernistic. At other times, they swing. Sometimes they may even have a touch of the baroque, or a bit of folkiness. There are melodies that ring of Monk’s angularity, with whiffs of his oblique humor. There’s a dose of Anthony Braxton’s obsessive mania. Dizzying cascades of notes and extended instrumental techniques echo the classic generation of European improvisation. The stylistic blend of “modern-classical” with “jazz” and the relationship of improvisation to composition recall Jimmy Guiffre’s groundbreaking trio, with whom they share the same instrumentation. One might hear a bit of Messiaen’s quartet in there, as well as many other possible sources and influences. Do Der lange Schatten cast a “long shadow” or do they stand in one?
The term “chamber jazz” has been in common usage since the 1960’s or earlier. And some might assign that designation to this trio. But isn’t this term a bit puzzling, and even problematic? Wouldn’t most jazz fit the definition of chamber music? Most is performed in smaller ensembles, where each musician plays their own part. And most jazz music is more appropriate to smaller rooms than large concerts halls. And if “chamber jazz” is meant to imply jazz that is more “serious”, then indeed we do have a problem.
Since the early 20th century, “classical” music and “jazz” music have never been of completely separate streams. European classical music has been in the DNA of jazz from its very beginnings. And modern composers have been appropriating the rhythms, tonalities and techniques of Afrological American music since the earliest recordings of jazz were first heard. Nonetheless, Gunther Schuller’s concept of a “third stream” may still be useful.  Neither jazz nor classical music, the “third stream” was meant to be music able to fully utilize both compositional and improvisational strategies.  It was meant to be a distinct and fully modern movement, whose musicians and composers are fully proficient in both jazz and classical methods.
Whatever category they do or don’t belong to, Der lange Schatten are a totally unique and contemporary expression honed from a mastery of modern techniques and stylistic sources. And their music is intense in its rigor, imaginative in its inventiveness, and breathtaking in its execution.


This program is a part of the Goethe Institute's Wunderbar Together project:
https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/htx.html
https://wunderbartogether.org/


Links:


Der lange Schatten
https://derlangeschatten.bandcamp.com/


Antonio Borghini
http://antonioborghini.com/


Michael Thieke
http://www.michael-thieke.de/


Håvard Wiik
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A5vard_Wiik

When:
May 22, 2019
This is one of two distinct concerts featuring the members of Der lange Schatten in Houston. On Thursday, May 23, the musicians will perform separately in collaborations with Houston improvisers. For information about that event, go to: http://namelesssound.org/events/2019_5_Der_lange_Schatten.html
Cost:
Free
Time:
8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

El Chow: Mango verde -Sound and Poetry


El Chow: Mango verde presents:
- Sound and Poetry -
Queer edition (always)

Join us for our closing reception at El Chow: Mango verde! With an amazing group of queer poets and sound artists!

El Chow: Mango verde was created to showcase Queer Latinx folx, by queer Latinx folx. With the goal of highlighting and uplifting our community, and to create more shows which talk about queer identities and themes. To create opportunities to show our work, create space and community, not just in Houston, but for it to expand our network!

This event is created mainly for queer latinx and poc to share their poetry or sound art! Other queer people are welcome to join and share, but please be mindful of the space, thank you!

The last days to view the show is May 18th! Wednesday is a great opportunity to check out the show! and enjoy the work of other creatives!

When:
May 15, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm

Singularity: Saturday Night Improv Comedy


Saturday Singularity at Station Theater welcomes the best in live independent improv and sketch comedy from Houston and beyond! All Station Theater shows are BYOB! 

When:
Jun 1, 2019
Street parking is available on Dart Street or in lot immediately adjacent to Station Theater (Formerly Revolution Dojo). Please do not park behind R-Bar across Dart Avenue. That is a private lot and you may be towed. Be mindful when parking in front of area homes as some driveways are difficult to see.General Admission seating. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before showtime. All shows are BYOB. Shows are recommended for 18+ due to possible adult humor. 17 & under are welcome at the discretion of the accompanying adult. Please see our ticket policies at https://www.stationtheater.com/faq.
Cost:
$8 advance purchase; $10 at the door
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
General Categories: 
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Texas Music Festival: Young Artist Series


Texas Music Festival Young Artist Competition
and Concert Series features Classical music’s rising stars performing chamber
music.
The series concludes with a TMF Jazz Institute Final Concert at
Moores Opera House. For the full schedule of events, visit http://www.uh.edu/kgmca//music/tmf/
June 7 at 7:30 PM
June 9 at 2:00 PM
June 20, 27, & 28 at 7:00 PM

When:
Jun 7, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm to 7:00 pm
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Wylde Meade Sunset on the Patio

Celtic, Folk and Early Music

Join us June 8th at Bean's Cafe on the patio to share the sunset, some of their delectable coffee or other beverages, and some more amazing Celtic and Folk music!!!

Relax and let the day melt away while we entertain you and enjoy the atmosphere and the great customer service that this most endearing place and the kind folks at Bean's have to offer!


#CelticMusic #FolkMusic #EarlyMusic #Traditional #HTown #Coffee #Sunset #coffeeonthepatio
When:
Jun 8, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Saturday Time & Price:
6pm NO COVER - Tipping appreciated
Location:
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Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Houston Classical Guitar Festival Concerts

The Gulf Coast Guitar Association welcomes the public to the 2019 Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition. Two concerts will be presented at St. Philip Presbyterian Church Sanctuary on Friday June 14 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Friday's concert features Steven Jay Lerman and Simon Powis at 7:30 PM. Lerman has taught, performed, and made radio appearnaces aacross the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and France. As the winner of the 2019 Classical Minds Competition, he is invited to performa and teach at this years festival. Powis graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Yale University. He has taught and performed in Peru, Mexico, Australia and the U.S.

Saturday's concert features Joseph Palmer, Gohar Vardanyan, the Festival Guitar Orchestra with Guest Artist Brandi Estwick. Palmer has received over 17 awards from festival around the world, and gives over 50 interatice concerts each year throughout public schools and underserved communities through Austin Classical Guitar. Vardanyan began her guitar studies in Armenia with her father, then earned her music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School. She has taught and toured in Canada, Panama, Italy, Mexico and the U.S. Estwick earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees in vocal performance from Texas Womans University. SHe teaches vocal performance at Collin College and Texas Womans University.
Some of the music will feature works by composers Enrique Granados, Joaquin Rodrigo and Isaac Albeniz.  

When:
Jun 14, 2019 to Jun 15, 2019
Cost:
Tickets are sold at the door, children free, students $5, seniors $15, and general admission $20
Time:
7:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Friday Time & Price:
7:30 PM children free, students $5, seniors $15, and general admission $20
Saturday Time & Price:
7:00 PM children free, students $5, seniors $15, and general admission $20

A Sketch Show of Fire & Ice

Join us for a night of comedy with sketches inspired by our favorite moments throughout the run of everyone's favorite fight for the throne.

Winter is here, you guys.

Join us for a night of comedy with sketches inspired by our favorite moments throughout the run of everyone's favorite fight for the throne. From our first push from a window to our last trial by combat, it's time to raise a goblet in tribute to the Home Box Office finest.

When:
May 11, 2019
Street parking is available on Dart Street or in lot immediately adjacent to Station Theater (Formerly Revolution Dojo). Please do not park behind R-Bar across Dart Avenue. That is a private lot and you may be towed. Be mindful when parking in front of area homes as some driveways are difficult to see.General Admission seating. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before showtime. All shows are BYOB. Shows are recommended for 18+ due to possible adult humor. 17 & under are welcome at the discretion of the accompanying adult. Please see our ticket policies at https://www.stationtheater.com/faq.
Cost:
Tickets: $8 advance purchase; $10 at the door
Time:
8:00 pm
Location:
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


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