During the relatively peaceful, prosperous, but isolationist Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan, ukiyo-e flourished as a popular art form.
Musiqa took a turn underground. In November 2023 the Houston-based new music organization had the opportunity to present the world premiere of a site-specific work by Houston composer Pierre Jalbert in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern as part of its popular Underground Sounds series.
Renowned Himalayan artist Tsherin Sherpa created the first work of his provocative Spirits series in 2009.
In 1909, the Hispanic Society of America in New York City hosted a landmark solo exhibition of Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla’s works.
Mario Aschauer, Founder and Artistic Director of Houston’s newest early music ensemble Harmonia Stellarum Houston (HSH), likes to take road trips to look at organs.
Reflecting on a milestone 20 years at Ars Lyrica Houston, Founder and Artistic Director Matthew Dirst took a moment to look back at the beginning. “It hardly seems possible,” says Dirst. “It was a kitchen table kind of organization. It essentially grew out of a nucleus of musicians that I had put together to play programs on some local church series.”
A single calligraphic line runs through Mayuko Ono Gray’s large-scale graphite drawings.
Michael Blair is trying to get to a place where everything is open and possible.
Houston Grand Opera’s 2023-24 season is nothing short of epic. “We are producing some of the grandest and most mature artistic works in the repertoire all in one season,” says Khori Dastoor, HGO General Director and CEO. “Verdi’s last opera, Wagner’s last opera, late Mozart—these pieces are Mount Everest, each one of them.”
It’s the start of my whirlwind tour of the Dallas Arts District. Improbably, in all the years I have lived in Houston (23) and all the time I have been an arts writer in Texas (5), I had never been to Dallas. I am here now as a first time arts tourist, eager to absorb the wonders of a new place, open to every experience that might come my way.