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American Legends

Apollo's Bold Frontiers season and 20x2020 project triumphantly conclude with a commission by the world’s most performed living composer, Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon. The new string quartet is thematically connected to Higdon’s Grammy-winning opera, Cold Mountain, with a mélange of bluegrass and Appalachian fiddle styles. Trailblazing pianist Lara Downes joins Apollo…

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Anthracite Fields: Bang on a Can All-Stars and Houston Chamber Choir

Bang on a Can All-Stars; Houston Chamber Choir; Julia Wolfe, guest composer; Julian Wachner, conductor Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields is a lovingly detailed oratorio with original video about turn-of-the-20th-century Pennsylvania coal miners, awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music. This haunting, timely work draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, geographic descriptions, children’s rhymes, and coal advertisements to…

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THE QUEEN’S SIX: THE ORIGINS OF BAROQUE VOCAL MUSIC

The select vocalists, who travel the globe to share their unique style, were a part of the international stage during the recent marriage of Prince Harry. Making its Houston Early Music debut with The Origins of Baroque Vocal Music, the a cappella ensemble will present a program charting the progress of European Renaissance music through…

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Night Vision: Things Seen and Unseen

Wisdom and understanding are gifts of inner contemplation often enhanced by surrounding darkness.  We explore these gifts in a religious context with Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, considered by many to be his greatest work. The poignant reflection by Schiller in “The Night” cast in a famously virtuosic setting by Strauss enables us to experience the richness…

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Circlesong

Houston Chamber Choir welcomes renowned British composer Bob Chilcott for the world premiere of his newly revised Circlesong, a complete life cycle based on indigenous writings. Set for adult and youth choirs and percussion ensemble, each movement expresses a unique facet of the love and loss that was the Native American experience as our nation…

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ROCO Unchambered: Unraveled

The Unchambered series continues into the new year with “Unraveled”, a unique program featuring French hornist, Danielle Kuhlmann. In addition to a co-commissioned premiere by Jim Stephenson, the afternoon will feature works by Herzogenberg, Charlie Chaplin (yes, that Charlie Chaplin!), and Danielle’s own brother, Evan Kuhlmann. His Sonata for Horn and Piano was written to honor Alice Render, one…

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