The Sound of Things: Alyce Santoro and Bohyun Yoon at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
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Invoke String Quartet Brings “Folky Classical” to Austin
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Invoke String Quartet Brings “Folky Classical” to Austin

Take one look at Invoke’s website and it’s clear they’re not your typical classical string…

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Celestial Music: Houston Symphony’s Composer in Residence Jimmy López Premieres New Work
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Celestial Music: Houston Symphony’s Composer in Residence Jimmy López Premieres New Work

Jimmy López got hooked on classical music when he was 12, thanks to J.S. Bach’s…

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Pioneers and Visionaries: Houston Chamber Choir’s 22nd Season
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Pioneers and Visionaries: Houston Chamber Choir’s 22nd Season

Each season, Simpson invites a prominent guest conductor to work with the choir on an…

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Collaborative Spirit Defines Musiqa’s 2017-2018 Season
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Collaborative Spirit Defines Musiqa’s 2017-2018 Season

Tony Brandt, co-founder and artistic director of Houston's leading new music ensemble Musiqa, knows exactly…

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Lynn Lane’s Transitory Sound and Movement Collective is Making Shifts in Houston
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Lynn Lane’s Transitory Sound and Movement Collective is Making Shifts in Houston

Texas New Music Ensemble Focuses on Lone Star Composers
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Texas New Music Ensemble Focuses on Lone Star Composers

Texas composers have a champion in Chad Robinson, founder and artistic director of Texas New…

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Defining Home: Da Camera’s 30th Season
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Defining Home: Da Camera’s 30th Season

Da Camera has flourished because of the entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness of its hometown of…

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Year of the Woman: Ars Lyrica’s Upcoming Season Celebrates Artful Women
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Year of the Woman: Ars Lyrica’s Upcoming Season Celebrates Artful Women

It's the first time Matthew Dirst, Founder and Artistic Director of Houston's leading early music…

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From punk rockers to presidents: The rebels at ROCO announce new season
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From punk rockers to presidents: The rebels at ROCO announce new season

The conductor nearly chickened out. Planning the concert that will open the River Oaks Chamber…

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Jazz on/in/and Film at the MFAH
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Jazz on/in/and Film at the MFAH

In a year, a very small number of “jazz films” can or will be released…

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On Key and Offbeat: Austin’s Lone-Star Station KMFA Turns 50
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On Key and Offbeat: Austin’s Lone-Star Station KMFA Turns 50

When it comes to Austin’s 50-year-old radio station, KMFA Classical 89.5, it’s almost better defined…

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Victoria Bach Festival: A New Era
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Victoria Bach Festival: A New Era

For one week each June, the picturesque South Texas city of Victoria, population 65,000, rolls…

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Texas Early Music Project Bridges Past and Present
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Texas Early Music Project Bridges Past and Present

Iberian monophony, Notre Dame polyphony, Medieval mystery plays, Renaissance madrigals, Baroque operas, French virelai, Spanish…

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Soli Chamber Ensemble Concludes Season Under the Ligurian Sun
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Soli Chamber Ensemble Concludes Season Under the Ligurian Sun

The shift may not have been conscious, violinist Ertan Torgul says, but he sees it…

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Fire & Water: HGO Triumphs with <em>Götterdämmerung</em>
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Fire & Water: HGO Triumphs with Götterdämmerung

Houston Grand Opera has done it! The realization of Richard Wagner's epic Ring Cycle, the…

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Houston Welcomes New Music Ensemble Loop38
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Houston Welcomes New Music Ensemble Loop38

Traditional tunes, rhythms and harmonies played no role. Instead, the chamber ensemble offered up an…

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Nameless Sound Brings Amina Claudine Myers to Houston
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Nameless Sound Brings Amina Claudine Myers to Houston

Usually, when we introduce an artist in a piece of writing, we write “singer” or…

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Pop Culture Invasion: ROCOmoji for the Win
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Pop Culture Invasion: ROCOmoji for the Win

Savvy concert goers can count on ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) to keep up with…

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Sing Me Another: Gabriel Kahane at Aperio
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Color into Sound: Loop38 at Turrell Skyspace
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Color into Sound: Loop38 at Turrell Skyspace

When soft twilight yields to clear night, the Turrell Skyspace at Rice University is illuminated…

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Small But Mighty: Fort Worth Opera Moves Forward With World Premiere
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Small But Mighty: Fort Worth Opera Moves Forward With World Premiere

Belt-tightening is all too familiar in the arts, but it doesn’t mean a group’s vision…

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Haunted Melodies: <em>Turn of the Screw</em> at The Dallas Opera
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Haunted Melodies: Turn of the Screw at The Dallas Opera

Benjamin Britten’s opera Turn of the Screw, which first premiered in 1954, is not simply…

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Hiding in Plain Sites: CounterCurrent Artists Reveal Stories throughout Houston
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Hiding in Plain Sites: CounterCurrent Artists Reveal Stories throughout Houston

In 2014, the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts blazed a…

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Young & Outstanding: Houston’s WindSync & Kinetic Team Up
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Young & Outstanding: Houston’s WindSync & Kinetic Team Up

WindSync seems plenty youthful when you look at a photo, but let’s take another vantage…

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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox
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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox

Fusebox, Austin’s contemporary, cross-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival, and all round benevolent force in…

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Opera That Soars: <em>Madame Butterfly</em> at The Dallas Opera
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Opera That Soars: Madame Butterfly at The Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera’s 2017 centerpiece production of the Puccini classic Madame Butterfly opened Friday night…

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Breaking Boundaries: Apollo Chamber Players in Cuba
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Breaking Boundaries: Apollo Chamber Players in Cuba

Amid the hearty shouts of “Cuba Libre” punctuating the final exuberant moments of Arthur Gottschalk's…

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Houston Symphony’s <em>Fidelio</em> & a New Season
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Houston Symphony’s Fidelio & a New Season

The heroics of Beethoven’s Fifth. The exuberance of his Ode to Joy. The humor of…

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Mass Effect: Orchestra of New Spain Revisits Classic Courcelle Composition
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Mass Effect: Orchestra of New Spain Revisits Classic Courcelle Composition

Francisco Courcelle may not rank as a big-name composer. But his Misa Ave Maris Stella,…

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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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