Aperio’s Heroic Measures, features artistic director Michael Zuraw and cellist Daniel Saenz, playing works by Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, Marlos Nobre and Astor Piazzolla, Nov. 2 at Texas Gallery. Photo by Annalisa Palmieri Briscoe.
I get way too excited when I see a visual artist at a theater event, or a ballet dancer at a gallery opening. If you have been one of those unfortunate folk spotted by me at an event outside your home discipline and thanked profusely for leaving your specific arts cave to try another, I apologize. But truth be told, arts people stay among their own. Time (and money) is short, and often we hardly have the energy to get to all the things happening within our own disciplines. I get it. But, we become a stronger force when we know what’s going on outside of our own arts neighborhoods.
The program, “American Dreams,” with string quartets by Dvorak and Schickele, honed in on the idea of place. Music has such power to conjure images of land forms, mountains and wide open spaces. In a delightful twist of fate, the upstairs gallery featured an exhibit called Stories About Place with works by Gustavo Bonevardi, Dias & Riedweg, Cesar González, Liliana Porter and Melanie Smith. Audience members were free to wander upstairs to see the show before, after and during intermission.
The next Aperio concert, Heroic Measures, features Aperio’s artistic director, Michael Zuraw, and Daniel Saenz, playing works by Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, Marlos Nobre and Astor Piazzolla. The show takes place on Nov. 2 at Texas Gallery, which is currently showing Johanna Pousette-Dart: New Paintings, through Nov. 22. I can’t wait to see what connections we will hear and see.
Musiqa regularly performs at the CAMH creating lively programs in conversation with the exhibits. In fact, a capacity audience showed up to see their show on Oct. 16 in conjunction with Right Here, Right Now: Houston, running through Nov. 30.