Sonic Expansions: Austin’s Experimental Music Scene
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Sonic Expansions: Austin’s Experimental Music Scene

This year I unintentionally celebrated National Bird Day (Jan. 5) at an avant-garde jazz show.…

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Electrifying Heroines and Cherished Classics: HGO’s New Season
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Electrifying Heroines and Cherished Classics: HGO’s New Season

They rank among opera’s most electrifying heroines, yet Houston hasn’t felt their wallop for more…

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It Happened in Texas: <em>Nixon In China</em> Returns to HGO
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It Happened in Texas: Nixon In China Returns to HGO

The U.S. presidential election looms, and the politician has planned his trip for maximum media…

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A Full Life in Music: Ran Blake at Live Oak Friends Meeting House
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A Full Life in Music: Ran Blake at Live Oak Friends Meeting House

Nameless Sound presents Ran Blake in a free concert on Jan. 7, 2017 at 5pm…

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Musical Evangelists: Houston Symphony’s Embedded Musicians Engage the Community
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Musical Evangelists: Houston Symphony’s Embedded Musicians Engage the Community

David Connor lets his double bass rest on the floor. Cradling an iPad and speaker…

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Victory at Sea: <em>Moby-Dick</em> at The Dallas Opera
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Victory at Sea: Moby-Dick at The Dallas Opera

“Melville put the whole universe into Moby-Dick,” my companion said before the curtain rose on…

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Wonder & A Whale: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer Transform American Classics into Opera
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Wonder & A Whale: Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer Transform American Classics into Opera

This November, Moby-Dick journeys safely back to its home port, as the Dallas Opera once…

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San Antonio Symphony Shines in a “Real” Hall at The Tobin Center
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San Antonio Symphony Shines in a “Real” Hall at The Tobin Center

Carmina Burana always packs a wallop. This time, Carl Orff’s paean to frolic and fate…

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Opera in Israel with Dallas Connections
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Opera in Israel with Dallas Connections

Hannah Munitz's face lit up when I asked her about the Israeli Opera’s production of…

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Juicy roles bring Stephen Costello back to Dallas Opera
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Juicy roles bring Stephen Costello back to Dallas Opera

Stephen Costello thinks back to when he agreed to perform in a then-unfinished opera.

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Home and Away: The Miró Quartet’s Fall Texas Season
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Home and Away: The Miró Quartet’s Fall Texas Season

The Miró Quartet loves to expose an audience to the panorama of a single composer’s…

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The Varieties of Experimental Experience: Soundings on Marfa Sounding
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The Varieties of Experimental Experience: Soundings on Marfa Sounding

The thing about writing about “experimental music” is that the phrase “experimental music,” if it…

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Travel Music: Harmony in the Air Delights Houston’s Airport Passengers
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Travel Music: Harmony in the Air Delights Houston’s Airport Passengers

Air travelers nationwide were grumbling about lengthening lines at security checks. A federal transportation official…

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Summer Premieres at Lone Star Lyric
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Summer Premieres at Lone Star Lyric

When Kelli Estes planned her first season for Houston’s Lone Star Lyric Theater, the company…

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Bringing Music to the People: ROCO’s New Season
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Bringing Music to the People: ROCO’s New Season

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra isn’t planning a Fourth of July concert, but maybe it…

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A Season of Firsts: Hans Graf at Texas Music Festival
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A Season of Firsts: Hans Graf at Texas Music Festival

For nearly three decades, the Emmanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF) has courted…

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A History in Fragments: Jazz on Film at MFAH
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A History in Fragments: Jazz on Film at MFAH

If there is a history of jazz, it’s forever incomplete, like archeologists finding fragments of…

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Old Yet New: Ars Lyrica’s Fresh Take on Vivaldi and Next Season’s News
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Old Yet New: Ars Lyrica’s Fresh Take on Vivaldi and Next Season’s News

Maybe you’ve heard Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons umpteen times. Nevertheless, Ars Lyrica wants to…

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Classics & Connections: The Dallas Opera’s 2016/17 Season
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Classics & Connections: The Dallas Opera’s 2016/17 Season

The Dallas Opera's 60th season is back to basics, with three classics of the Western…

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Collaboration Defines Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s SOLUNA Festival
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Collaboration Defines Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s SOLUNA Festival

Collaboration happens in the arts, especially in the performing arts, whether the artists involved enjoy…

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Houston Symphony’s Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero Creates Value and Connections
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Houston Symphony’s Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero Creates Value and Connections

The Houston Symphony’s Sunday matinee was coming up, and a couple of hundred early birds…

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Sight of Sound
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Sight of Sound

The Masque of the Red Death
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Musiqa at FotoFest and More
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Musiqa at FotoFest and More

Composer Marcus Maroney saw an impetus for his own creativity in Edward Burtynsky’s dramatic photographs.

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Unforced Time: Nameless Sounds Brings Australia’s The Necks to the MATCH
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Unforced Time: Nameless Sounds Brings Australia’s The Necks to the MATCH

Women at the Podium: The Dallas Opera Institute for Women Conductors
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Women at the Podium: The Dallas Opera Institute for Women Conductors

Last year, the Dallas Opera embarked on a 20-year plan to change the world of…

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Fort Worth Opera Comes Into its Own
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Fort Worth Opera Comes Into its Own

There’s a lot for the Fort Worth Opera Festival to celebrate this year: the company…

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Eric Whitacre at Dallas Winds
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Eric Whitacre at Dallas Winds

Eric Whitacre is proof that there are advantages to breaking some rules – his path…

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Pushing Music Forward: <em>No Idea</em> Expands to Houston
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Pushing Music Forward: No Idea Expands to Houston

No Idea Festival, founded by Chris Cogburn in 2003, has been around for a while,…

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Compose It: How Graham Reynolds became Austin’s go-to composer for theater, dance and film
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Compose It: How Graham Reynolds became Austin’s go-to composer for theater, dance and film

Even if you’re unfamiliar with Graham Reynolds’ name, you’ve probably heard his work — he…

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Playing the Block: Maria Chavez at Marfa Myths
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Playing the Block: Maria Chavez at Marfa Myths

Marfa Myths is the devil-may-care response to the revelry of SXSW. Curated by Ballroom Marfa…

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Houston Chamber Choir’s Spring Season
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Houston Chamber Choir’s Spring Season

Robert Simpson sums up what keeps him going: “I’m always excited about whatever is over…

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New Music in Dallas: Voices of Change Lives Up to its Name
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New Music in Dallas: Voices of Change Lives Up to its Name

Playing in the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra and other ensembles offers plenty of fulfillment.…

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Weaving Narratives of Music and Art: Jennie C. Jones at the CAMH
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Weaving Narratives of Music and Art: Jennie C. Jones at the CAMH

Music, much like visual art, has long been a tool used to comment and reflect…

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Performania: Small Scaling the Arts
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Performania: Small Scaling the Arts

here's something about do-ablity that is making me a more eager watcher these days. Perhaps…

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The A+C Top Ten: February 2016
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The A+C Top Ten: February 2016

Merging Music & Literature: A <em>Proust Sonata</em> at Da Camera
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Merging Music & Literature: A Proust Sonata at Da Camera

Sarah Rothenberg, artistic director of Da Camera and Houston’s great maestro of performances that blend…

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Ambition, Excellence & Optimism: WindSync’s Big Vision
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Ambition, Excellence & Optimism: WindSync’s Big Vision

It has been six years since bassoonist Tracy Jacobson ran through the halls of Shepherd…

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Light & Love: Conspirare Pays Tribute to Matthew Shepard
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Light & Love: Conspirare Pays Tribute to Matthew Shepard

It has been seventeen years since the nearly lifeless body of Matthew Shepard was found…

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Music & Milestones: Dallas Bach Society’s Spring Season
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Music & Milestones: Dallas Bach Society’s Spring Season

Sure, J.S. Bach is the most revered composer of his time. But the society goes…

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