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Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past…
T. S. Eliot

Dear Friends of Da Camera,

With the 2018-19 season, Da Camera explores the multiple ways in which the present and future are informed by the past. In both chamber music and jazz, there is an ongoing dialogue with the great composers and performers who came before us and serve as inspiration. This continuum of time is especially meaningful to me this season, as it marks my 25th as Da Camera’s artistic director, and so I find myself both looking back and ahead. Continuing to make connections between music and art, literature, theater and ideas, we offer musical programs inspired by poet John Ashbery, artist Cy Twombly and the explosively creative birth of the 20th century in Vienna 1900. With such masters as Richard Goode, Jordi Savall, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chucho Valdes and the New York Philharmonic String Quartet we are in the presence of performers embodying the greatest of musical traditions; and the younger generation finds its voice through pianist Aaron Diehl, composer Matthew Aucoin, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn and the genre-bending Russian Renaissance — all showing evidence of new ways of interpreting the past we inherit and making it relevant to today’s world. This continuum of past and future in art continues to be a powerful source of inspiration to me personally, and I look forward to sharing it with our adventurous and ever-expanding Da Camera audiences in this very special season.

Sarah Rothenberg
Artistic and General Director

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    Richard Goode, piano

    Haydn: Variations in F Minor Mozart: March in C Major, K. 408; Allemande in C Minor, K. 399; Courante in E-Flat, K 399; Menuet in...

    • Saturday | September 29, 2018
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Blues and the Spanish Tinge: Aaron Diehl, piano

    Works of Ignacio Cervantes, James P. Johnson, George Gershwin, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, Aaron Copland, Fats Waller, Mary Lou Williams and...

    • Friday | October 12, 2018
    • 7:30 pm
    • 800 Bagby St. Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Russian Renaissance

    Folk Renaissance I Russian Renaissance (Ivan Kuznetsov, balalaika; Anastasia Zakharova, domra/domra alto; Alexander Tarasov, button accordion; Ivan Vinogradov, balalaika contrabasso) After emerging with the $100,000...

    • Tuesday | October 23, 2018
    • 7:30 pm
    • 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

    Dr. Lonnie Smith stands tall as the foremost master of the Hammond B-3 organ. At the age of 75, he is a paragon of innovation...

    • Saturday | November 3, 2018
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
    • $198 and up for packages
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    Danish String Quartet

    Folk Renaissance II Traditional Danish folk tunes Hans Abrahamsen: Quartet No. 1 (“Ten Preludes”) Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No....

    • Tuesday | November 13, 2018
    • 7:30 pm
    • 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Pedrito Martinez Group

    Cuban-born and New York-based Pedrito Martinez is a master percussionist and an irrepressible bandleader who has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito...

    • Saturday | December 1, 2018
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
    • $198 and up for packages
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    Jazzmeia Horn Septet

    Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition, Texas-born vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself. With an assured maturity and vocal confidence...

    • Saturday | January 19, 2019
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave Houston TX 77002
    • $198 and up for packages
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    Vienna 1900: In the Garden of Dreams

    Music of Brahms and Schoenberg Conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; baritone to be announced; Sarah Rothenberg, piano Projections: Sven Ortel Sets...

    • Friday | February 1, 2019
    • 7:30 pm
    • 800 Bagby St. Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Vienna 1900: In the Garden of Dreams

    Music of Brahms and Schoenberg Conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; baritone to be announced; Sarah Rothenberg, piano Projections: Sven Ortel Sets...

    • Saturday | February 2, 2019
    • 7:30 pm
    • 800 Bagby St, Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Chucho Valdés – Jazz Batá

    Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in...

    • Friday | February 8, 2019
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
    • $198 and up for packages
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    Tous les Matins du Monde: Jordi Savall

    Tous les Matins du Monde Jordi Savall and Le Concert Des Nations Co-presentation with Houston Early Music Works of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Couperin, Marin Marais, Sainte-Colombe,...

    • Friday | March 1, 2019
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Elias String Quartet: Purcell, Britten, Schubert

    Purcell: Fantasias Britten: Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36 Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde” Elias String Quartet...

    • Monday | March 18, 2019
    • 7:30 pm
    • 1533 Sul Ross St. Houston TX 77006
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Elias String Quartet: Beamish and Schumann

    Folk Renaissance III Traditional: Scottish folk songs Sally Beamish: New Work (2018) U.S. Premiere Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1 Elias String...

    • Tuesday | March 19, 2019
    • 7:30 pm
    • 1533 Sul Ross Houston TX 77006
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Mark Guiliana Space Heroes

    Mark Guiliana SPACE HEROES featuring Chris Morrissey, Jason Rigby, Mike Lewis Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and...

    • Saturday | March 23, 2019
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
    • $198 and up for packages
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    New York Philharmonic String Quartet

    Haydn: Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Die Quinten” Shostakovich: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 117 Brahms: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51,...

    • Friday | March 29, 2019
    • 7:30 pm
    • 800 Bagby St. Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages
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    The Veil of Orpheus: Cy Twombly and Music

    The Veil of Orpheus: Cy Twombly and Music Pierre Henry: The Veil of Orpheus Matthias Pintscher: Study No. 1 for Treatise on the Veil Monteverdi:...

    • Tuesday | April 2, 2019
    • 7:30 pm
    • 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston TX 77006
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Dave Douglas Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie at Zero Gravity

    Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas returns to Da Camera with a one-of-a-kind tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, with Gillespie’s repertoire as a starting point for improvisation...

    • Friday | April 12, 2019
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave. Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Ashberyana: A Musical Celebration of Poet John Ashbery

    John Zorn: Girls on the Run Joan Tower: Holding a Daisy and Or like a…an Engine Josquin des Prez/Charles Wuorinen: Josquiniana for string quartet Erik...

    • Tuesday | April 30, 2019
    • 7:30 pm
    • 1533 Sul Ross St Houston TX 77006
    • $210 and up for packages
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    Weinberg and Mendelssohn

    Weinberg and Mendelssohn Daedalus Quartet Brentano Quartet Sarah Rothenberg, piano Mieczysław Weinberg: Piano Quintet Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 “a hidden 20th-century master…perhaps...

    • Friday | May 10, 2019
    • 8:00 pm
    • 501 Texas Ave Houston TX 77002
    • $210 and up for packages