The review is in: Rave Culturemap.com review for In the Garden of Dreams
"Sarah Rothenberg unravels darkness of human psyche in love-obsessed multimedia spectacle," says Joel Luks of Culturemap. "Rothenberg sketches a bewitching milieu that injects additional high octane, inner psyche turmoil to intensify haunting pieces by Arnold Schoenberg and Johannes Brahms; art by Max Klinger and Gustav Klimt; and the writings of Sigmund Freud and August Strindberg" Read the complete review.
In the Garden of Dreams preview with video
Culturemap previews In the Garden of Dreams. This behind the scenes preview includes video interviews with Sarah Rothenberg, bass baritone Michael Sumuel and mezzo soprano Charlotte Hellekant.
Houston Chronicle: 'In the Garden of Dreams' takes root in surreal world of musical fantasy
Click here for a preview in the Houston Chronicle of Sarah Rothenberg's latest "boundary crossing" performance.
Artists presented by Da Camera nominated for 2012 Grammy Awards
We're thrilled that saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, vocalist/bassist Esperanza Spalding and violist Kim Kashkashian (for the lovely Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola) were all nominated for 2012 Grammy Awards. And let us not forget Houston native jazz pianist Robert Glasper's two nominations in the R&B category for his genre-bending "Black Radio," one of our favorite jazz albums of 2012. Click here for the complete list of nominees.
New Da Camera recording of Shih-hui chen's Shu Shon Key available now on Amazon and iTunes
Da Camera is pleased to announce its world premiere recording of Shih-Hui Chen's Da Camera-commissioned Shu Shon Key (Remembrance) for viola and chamber ensemble, available for download now on Amazon and iTunes.
“Shu Shon Key was inspired by a Taiwanese folk melody and conveys homesickness as well as a reminiscence of my Taiwanese childhood. Since Hsin-Yun [Huang: the violist for whom the work was written] and I were born in Taiwan and now we both reside in the West, it is most fitting for me to use a Taiwanese folk melody as the basis for this piece. This is also consistent with my compositional focus in recent years on the integration of Western techniques with elements from a Chinese sound world.” -- Shih-Hui Chen
The performers on this new recording are Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Leone Buyse, flute; Richie Hawley, clarinet; Maureen Nelson, violin; Richard Belcher, cello; Blake Wilkins, percussion and Sarah Rothenberg, piano. Recorded in September, 2011 at Stude Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Shu Shon Key was commissioned for Hsin-Yun Huang by Da Camera of Houston, Appalachian Summer Festival, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.
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Houston Chronicle Zest cover story celebrates 25th anniversary
Click here for the story by the Chronicle's Everett Evans.
Rave review for Le Poeme Harmonique in New York Times
Read the review. "People listened attentively, laughed out loud during raucous songs and cheered the excellent performers at the end of the 90-minute program...After the program concluded with a beguiling account of a Manelli lament, the audience broke into a sustained ovation. When the group repeated Monteverdi’s “Lamento Della Ninfa” as an encore (the first of two), it was like hearing an old favorite." -- Anthony Tommasini
Arts leaders on how art inspires them
In this feature on Culturemap, Houston arts leaders including Houston Symphony's Hans Graf, Contemporary Arts Museum's Bill Arning, The Menil Collection's Toby Kamps and Da Camera's Sarah Rothenberg reflect on the power of the arts.