Mahan Esfahani Is Bringing the Harpsichord Back

Through his groundbreaking career, Mahan Esfahani has re-introduced the harpsichord — that historical instrument best known as a favorite of Bach, and a staple of Renaissance and Baroque musical works — into the mainstream classical and contemporary concert repertoire. Born in Tehran, the Iranian-American musician studied musicology and history at Stanford...

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How Theo Bleckmann Channels Joni Mitchell in “Songs of Freedom”

It’s been 50 years since three ambitious female songwriters and vocalists each individually reshaped the face of popular music, infusing their songs with highly personal takes on race, love, and the politics of the era. To pay homage to the legacy of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Abby Lincoln, Da...

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Baritone Tyler Duncan on the emotional journey of “Winterreise”

Perhaps no work encapsulates the dark shadow of Da Camera’s seasonal theme, “No Place Like Home,” more than Schubert’s Winterreise. Depicting the heart-wrenching journey of a solitary wanderer deprived of shelter or human contact, the song cycle takes on a contemporary resonance in this performance, paired with Lebanon-born Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum’s groundbreaking...

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Go ahead and dance: Your essential listening guide to Tiempo Libre

Da Camera of Houston continues its Jazz Series with three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean ensemble Tiempo Libre.  Dubbed a “world class act” by the London Evening Standard and as offering “dance music of sophistication and abandon” by The New York Times, the Latin group offers tunes that fuse jazz, contemporary and Latin...

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From Havana to all over the world: the Gavilán brothers perform together for the first time in years

From Harlem to Havana celebrates artistic diversity, history, and the importance of keeping one’s cultural roots. The performance marks a long-overdue family reunion between music prodigy brothers Ilmar Gavilán, Harlem String Quartet’s first violinist and a founding member, and Aldo Lopez-Gavilán. The brothers grew up in Havana and attended the...

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Interview with pianist Llyr Williams

Presented by Da Camera for his Houston recital debut, Llyr Williams is performing at The Menil Collection on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The concert is sold out. To join the waiting list, email boxoffice@dacamera.com. Or come to the Menil on Tuesday night and join the standby list; unoccupied seats will...

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A note from the Artistic and General Director: January 2017

Dear friend of Da Camera: 2017 takes off with spectacular music-making at Da Camera. This new year is particularly special for us, as we inaugurate an unprecedented annual event with the first James K. Schooler Memorial Concert on February 16. This is our way of honoring the memory of a...

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In Beethoven’s Footsteps: Elias violinist on upcoming concert

Sara Bitlloch, first violinist of the Elias String Quartet, muses over the program to be performed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at The Menil Collection. It may be said that Brahms and Bartok followed in Beethoven’s footsteps in their approach to writing music. Our program brings the three composers side-by-side, so...

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Get to know Arturo Sandoval through these videos

The man who has won not one, but ten Grammy Awards—also a six-time Billboard Award winner and 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award recipient—Arturo Sandoval, trumpeter and composer extraordinaire will grace the Houston Da Camera stage January 20, 2017. Sandoval is known around the globe for his dynamic and vivacious performances. He...

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Could you sing alongside Stevie Wonder? Cecile McLorin Salvant muses on creativity, her family and American music

A voice as tenacious as the woman herself. Grammy Award-winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is captivating the jazz world with her powerful performances. Through her music, she explores the history of American music and the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues and folk music. She is known for singing rarely recorded or forgotten...

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Sarah Rothenberg probes the connections between Picasso and music

In her insightful program notes for the upcoming Picasso and Music, just published on our web site, Sarah Rothenberg teases out the connections between the great artist’s drawings in the exhibition Picasso The Line and the music by Stravinsky and Satie on the program. For example, she writes: “Performing the...

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Composer John Adams on collaborating with St. Lawrence Quartet

The St. Lawrence Quartet has a history of collaboration with master American composer John Adams. They premiered his First Quartet and his Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra. (The recording of Absolute Jest was named one of Our 10 Favorite Classical Albums of 2015 by NPR’s deceptive cadence blog.)...

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Picasso The Line Exhibition Open, Concerts Coming Soon

The Menil Collection’s Picasso The Line exhibition opened on September 16, and Houston is taking notice. Houston Public Media covered the exhibition on Arts Insight. See their video featuring an interview with new director Rebecca Rabinow here. Houston Press‘s Randy Tibbits posted an irreverent review of the exhibition, arguing with...

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thelonious Monk

If you listen to jazz, you are familiar with the work of Thelonious Monk. Famous for his style in both music and wardrobe, the American pianist and composer is the second most recorded jazz artist after Duke Ellington. If you consider that Ellington composed more than 1,000 pieces of music...

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker began her reign in the entertainment industry during the 1920s in Paris. She carried herself with poise. Her exotic beauty and energetic performances allowed for the rise of her celebrity status that has carried on as her legacy —  even after her death in 1975. Born as Freda...

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