Da Camera and Discovery Green are celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month, the annual celebration sponsored by the Smithsonian, with free concerts at Discovery Green. Catch the final April concert Thursday April 24, featuring vocalist Jacqui Sutton and the Frontier Jazz Orchestra. Come back May 16 for another free concert, Jason Moran's Fast Waller Dance Party. Click here for more information.
Click here to see the Houston Chronicle's coverage of Da Camera's Annual Gala, A Different Key, honoring Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg.
Steven Brown of the Houston Chronicle previews the Stop, Look and Listen! concert Bowler Hats and Tubas, which includes a world premiere by Young Artist Composer Phillip Elder. Read the full article.
Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg has announced Da Camera's 2014/2015 season, Inventors and Explorers. Click here for details about the season. Come back soon to subscribe online.
Steven Brown previews Saturday's Scenes of Childhood: "Reading Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," the story of a girl trudging barefoot through snowy streets, composer David Lang saw a parable equating the child's suffering with that of Jesus. He thought how the Crucifixion has been recounted in works such as J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, which alternate between narrating the story and meditating on it.
Lang took Bach's format as the model for his Pulitzer Prize-winning choral piece, "The Little Match Girl Passion." The Houston Chamber Choir performs it Saturday as part of a Da Camera program, "Scenes of Childhood."
Andersen's story gets its power from mixing horror and beauty, Lang writes in his program note for the work. Despite the girl's agonies in the cold as she tries fruitlessly to earn money by selling matches, her mind brings back sweet memories. Her experiences echo Christ's.
"The girl suffers, is scorned by the crowd, dies, and is transfigured," Lang writes."
"Sasha Cooke's Recital Balances Intimacy and Grandeur...few tributes to [Britten have been] lovelier than that delivered by the mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke...In his five-song cycle A Charm of Lullabies, Britten brought together themes that occupied him throughout his career in a style both sweet and threatening...Ms. Cooke captured both the gentle and surreal aspects of these pieces, lavishing on them a voice softly, warmly radiant, with a penetrating core of metal. In The Highland Balou, she movingly balanced grandeur and intimacy. She rose to a vast note in the final line of Sephestia’s Lullaby and reduced her sound to a sliver for the whispers of “quiet!” in A Charm.” -- The New York Times
Shelby Hodge of Culturemap reports on the recent kickoff party for Da Camera's gala hosted by Elaine and Marvy Finger, which took place at The Finger Companies new luxury apartment complex 2900 West Dallas. The gala is April 5 and salutes Sarah Rothenberg for her 20 years as Artistic Director.
The Houston Chronicle's Colin Eatock talks to pianist/composer Vijay Iyer about his new piece Time, Place, Action, composed for himself and the Brentano String Quartet. Click here for the full article.