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Un Ballo in Maschera
Opera in the Heights Lambert Hall (1703 Heights Blvd) Ballo in Maschera (Masked Ball) has forbidden love, a dark prophecy, and ultimate betrayal. Riccardo, a king loved by his people, has two problems: there are conspirators plotting his assassination, and he is in love with his best friend’s wife. It’s about to get messy at the king’s masked ball. Verdi’s emotionally charged thriller represents the quintessential master of opera at the peak of his compositional powers. Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas
Da Camera Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby St) Complete sonatas for violin and piano by Charles Ives. Traditional songs, hymns and marches. Jeremy Denk, piano; Stefan Jackiw, violin; members of Houston Chamber Choir. Few composers have drawn as much literal inspiration from their childhood home as the American maverick Charles Ives. Award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk has made a special project of championing the music of Ives. In this imaginative project, Denk, violinist Stefan Jackiw and members of Houston Chamber Choir explore inspiration and Ives’s unparalleled invention, interweaving the original hymns, patriotic songs and marches performed by a quartet of singers with the wildly imaginative sonatas of Ives that those songs inspired.
ROCO St. John the Divine Church (2450 River Oaks Blvd) “Legendary Love” is the name of the concert as well as the world premiere of a commission, a classical piece by Dan Visconti honoring Christian Kidd, lead singer of the Houston-based ‘70s punk rock band The Hates. Antonín Dvorák’s Legends pairs with Wood Notes by William Grant Still, who was heavily influenced by Dvorak's call to American composers to find their own unique voice.
The Moving Image
Musiqa The MATCH Box 4 (3400 Main Street) Experience modern cinema and music like never before. The program features cutting-edge films with live music including Anna Clyne’s “Steelworks,” a sonic tour de force that is edgy, individual and compelling inspired by visual artist Luke DuBois’ reimagining of the 1936 industrial film Steel: A Symphony of Industry. The evening also features Michael Gandolfi’s serene and jazzy meditation “the history of the world in seven acts,” a multimedia collaboration featuring the dancing animations of Jonathan Bachrach.
Splendors of Italian Baroque
Mercury MATCH (3400 Main Street) A programmed filled with the best and brightest from the Italian Baroque. Mercury’s core of Baroque musicians perform the glorious music of Monteverdi and others.
Tonight, Tonight: Lenny @ 100 with Jamie Bernstein
Houston Chamber Choir South Main Baptist (4100 Main St) The Houston Chamber Choir welcomes Jamie Bernstein, an Opus 3 Artist, as they honor the 100th birthday of her father, legendary composer, conductor, and educator, Leonard Bernstein. Displaying the wide range of his musical output, from West Side Story to “Chichester Psalms,” this is a celebration that you do not want to miss.
A Day with Marie Antoinette
Ars Lyrica Houston Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby St) Our season finale conjures up an artful day chez France’s most famous queen, from intimate morning music lessons to a spectacular evening concert. By turns rustic and elegant, this program offers a violin concerto by Marie Antoinette’s music teacher Joseph Bologne (the Chevalier de Saint-Georges), a Mozart flute quartet, a dance suite from Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, and Haydn’s “Paris” Symphony No. 85, subtitled “The Queen.”
Deep in the Heart
METdance Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby Street) Texas dance is ALIVE! METdance dives into its 22nd season with programming inspired by the concept of home and will feature repertory and new works created by artists who have or currently reside in Texas. With Texas pride at its core, Deep in the Heart features a highly anticipated world premier by prominent Houston artist Dominic Walsh and Houston-born HSPVA/Juilliard graduate Robbie Moore. The concert will also feature an extra special collaboration with a Texas-based guest dance company. Y’all won’t want to miss it!
The Catastrophic Theatre MATCH (3400 Main Street) By Mickle Maher George W. Bush wants to kill PBS newsman Jim Lehrer. He wants to kill him right on the stage of his first presidential debate with John Kerry. In a more-than-nifty turn, the reason for the attempted murder, revealed to us and Bush himself near the play’s end, makes Bush the unlikely, existential hero of the play. A surreal reimagining of real events, THE STRANGERER delves deeply into the minds of the three characters, especially Bush, in surprising, often hilarious, and sometimes unsettling ways. Partly inspired by the works of author-philosopher Albert Camus—particularly Camus’ novel THE STRANGER which the real Bush once placed on his summer reading list—Catastrophic Theatre favorite Mickle Maher (SONG ABOUT HIMSELF, THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS, THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, THE PINE, SPIRITS TO ENFORCE) explores the fascinating ground between murder and philosophy. Directed by Jason Nodler
Men on Boats
Main Street Theater Main Street Theater Rice Village (2540 Times Blvd) Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of zealous volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Oh, and all the explorers are played by women.
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2017-18 Kick-Off Event
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