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Sojourns on the Silk Road: From the Orient to the Occident

Fresh Arts - Sojourns on the Silk Road

Mezzo-soprano Jessica Blau (Portland Opera, Opera Cultura) collaborates with pianist Katherine Ciscon (Houston Ballet) and internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer Fanny Ara to present an evening of French and Spanish art song, exploring themes of exoticism and the Western concept of “the Orient." Songs by French composers are contrasted with authentic expressions of Spanish culture by native composers and expressed visually through lyrical flamenco dance. Read more

Winds + Piano with Andrew Staupe

Windsync - Winds and Piano with Andrew Staupe


Winds + Piano with Andrew Staupe

Onstage Offstage Chamber Music Festival

WindSync welcomes acclaimed pianist Andrew Staupe to his new home of Houston in a close-up program of music for wind instruments and piano. The ensemble, one of the country’s premiere wind quintets with performers on the flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, concludes their annual festival with this special collaboration. Read more

American Legends

Apollo Chamber Players - Jennifer Higdon

Apollo Chamber Players

American Legends

Featuring World Premiere of Jennifer Higdon 20x2020 Commission and Trailblazing Pianist Lara Downs

Apollo's Bold Frontiers season and 20x2020 project triumphantly conclude with a commission by the world’s most performed living composer, Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon. The new string quartet is thematically connected to Higdon’s Grammy-winning opera, Cold Mountain, with a mélange of bluegrass and Appalachian fiddle styles.

Trailblazing pianist Lara Downes joins Apollo for the Southwest Premiere of Florence Beatrice Price’s newly discovered Piano Quintet in A Major. Finally, we come full circle and reflect on the voyage of discovery our commissioning project has granted with the commission that launched 20x2020.Read more