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Ex Nihilo: Out of Nothing

Apollo Chamber Players - Ex Nihilo: Out of NothingApollo Chamber Players - Ex Nihilo: Out of Nothing
Apollo Chamber Players - Christopher Walczak, composerApollo Chamber Players - Christopher Walczak, composer
Apollo Chamber Players - Lynelle Rowley, sopranoApollo Chamber Players - Lynelle Rowley, soprano
Apollo Chamber Players - Eduardo Tercero, tenorApollo Chamber Players - Eduardo Tercero, tenor
Apollo Chamber Players - Michael Vaughn, baritoneApollo Chamber Players - Michael Vaughn, baritone
Apollo Chamber Players - Adam LaMotte, violinApollo Chamber Players - Adam LaMotte, violin
Apollo Chamber Players - Sonja Harasim, violinApollo Chamber Players - Sonja Harasim, violin
Apollo Chamber Players - James Dunham, viola Apollo Chamber Players - James Dunham, viola
Apollo Chamber Players - Breandan Emig, BassApollo Chamber Players - Breandan Emig, Bass
Date TIme
Saturday, Jan. 7 8:00 PM

Apollo Chamber Players

Ex Nihilo: Out of Nothing

World Premiere of an Australian aboriginal-inspired work; special guests from Cantare Houston and Houston Chamber Choir

Creation myths connect all cultures of the world, representing our shared humanity and creative inquisitiveness about the genesis of life. Join Apollo for a concert exploring the Judeo-Christian, African, and Australian perspectives on this universal question.

Program features a newly commissioned work based on Australian aboriginal Dreamtime poetry by Christopher Walczak, Professor of Composition at Southern Illinois University, and a premiere arrangement of Haydn’s Creation for chamber ensemble. Soloists and guest artists include members of Cantare Houston, Houston Chamber Choir, and Rice University faculty and alumni.

Panel discussion at 7:30 PM with the composer and Nana Booker, Director of Booker-Lowe Gallery of Aboriginal art, moderated by St. John Flynn.


  • Christopher Walczak: Four Dreams | 20x2020 No. 9 WORLD PREMIERE
  • Milhaud: 'la Creation du monde', for double string quartet, Arr. Daniel Seidenberg 
    • Grammy-winning arrangement
  • Josef Haydn: 'The Creation' (Part I), Arr. Lorento Golofeev 

Guest Artists & Soloists

Featuring eight members of Cantare in the Haydn chorus (singers TBA)

  • Lynelle Rowley, soprano, Houston Chamber Choir
  • Eduardo Tercero, tenor, Cantare Houston
  • Brendan Emig, bass, Bach Society Houston
  • Adam LaMotte, violin, Portland Baroque Orchestra
  • Sonja Harasim, violin, Assistant Professor at Concordia College (Fargo, ND)
  • James Dunham, viola, Professor at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University 
  • Deborah Dunham, double bass

20x2020 No. 9 generously underwritten by Dr. Adam Chandler

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