Music

Review: La bohème

In Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, happiness is simply one hand to warm another. As a humming audience member made clear, the melodies Puccini wrote are stunning and memorable, making this opera a well-known favorite. It’s hard to capture Puccini’s original, effortless simplicity [...]...

Review: Otello at Opera in the Heights

Gold medallions, dapper suits, and a man snorting heroin set the new scene of Gioachino Rossini’s Otello. Though still a tragic tale of a father’s prejudice and a daughter’s sense of duty, it is opera’s Scarface. Rossini’s Otello is the first of two Houston opera premieres in Oh!’s [...]...

Fresh Tracks

Three Houston Music Groups Offer New Recordings In the 21st Century you really can find everything on the internet. Thanks to the magic of digital technology, you can find a car, a house or, if you are the Houston Chamber Choir’s artistic director, Robert Simpson, the manuscript [...]...

Last Notes

Tokyo String Quartet’s Final Houston Visit “It’s something like a love affair between the Tokyo String Quartet and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music,” says violinist Kikuei Ikeda. First invited to perform in Houston just seven years after they officially formed at the Julliard School in 1969 [...]...

Cultural Warrior: Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard is the engine behind such ground-breaking HGOco/Houston Grand Opera programs such as Song of Houston and Home and Place. She also is the lead on numerous other projects that bring HGO into Houston’s multi-cultural communities in a way that sets the standard for [...]...

Local Lights

Three Houston Artists Put Houston on the Map None of them are from Texas, but as the saying goes, “they got here as fast as they could”. Once they arrived in the Bayou City, they found a thriving arts community. “People in Houston have an ownership of their arts organizations [...]...

Shifting Keys

A Classical DJ Goes Undercover The line at the East Gate of the Free Press Summer Fest 2012 (FPSF) is deceptively small as I arrive just in time to get my pres...