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A Proust Sonata January New York Premiere Announced; and Performances at Rice University’s Moody Center

On January 10, 2018, Sarah Rothenberg’s A Proust Sonata will have its New York premiere in a co-presentation with French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). Performances are Wednesday, January 10 through Friday, January 12 at 7:30 PM at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street. Tickets go on sale November...

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Houston Strong Benefit Wednesday 9/27 features Sarah Rothenberg, Harlem Quartet and Jason Moran

Houston Strong: A Theater District Benefit Honoring Local Heroes Wednesday, September 27, 8pm, Miller Outdoor Theater: FREE Please join us for a benefit performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre honoring community heroes who emerged in the storm and celebrating the resilience of our city. https://www.facebook.com/events/283660582119027/ Da Camera will be represented by...

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New venue announced for Robert Glasper, Tiempo Libre and Songs of Freedom

Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, we have identified an alternate venue for our first three jazz concerts of the 17/18 season. ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT, Oct 6: UH CULLEN PERFORMANCE HALL TIEMPO LIBRE, Nov. 10: UH CULLEN PERFORMANCE HALL SONGS OF FREEDOM, Dec. 1: UH CULLEN PERFORMANCE HALL CULLEN...

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Opening concert, From Harlem to Havana, relocated to Christ Church Cathedral

Da Camera’s 2017-2018 season opening concert, From Harlem to Havana: Harlem Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán, piano, will go on as planned, at a new location: Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston. Ticket holders are being contacted by email, and will be re-issued new tickets. Going forward, all...

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An update from Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg

As our city begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts are with all of those affected by this devastating event. Da Camera is very fortunate. Our staff is safe and our offices here in the Menil Collection neighborhood were not damaged. Our season will open as planned on Saturday,...

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Da Camera announces Beethoven for All-free Beethoven string quartet cycle

Da Camera celebrates its 30th anniversary season “No Place Like Home” with Beethoven For All, a free Beethoven string quartet cycle for the people of Houston. The initiative takes inspiration from the Beethoven cycle performed by the Juilliard Quartet during Da Camera’s first season in 1988­–89. Performances will take place...

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Three concert packages on sale now

Three concert packages for the 2017/2018 season are on sale now. Select three chamber music concerts or three jazz concerts and get great music, the best seats and all the benefits of being a subscriber. Click here to purchase your package. If you would like a mix of chamber music...

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Joshua Rubin will lend his clarinet playing to Wartime Stories

Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg has announced that Joshua Rubin (pictured performing at New York’s National Sawdust) will be the clarinetist for the concert Wartime Stories, scheduled for April 21, 2018. Rubin will join Sarah Rothenberg and members of the St. Lawrence Quartet for Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the...

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Young Artist Composer Ben Morris Receives Fulbright Grant, Premieres New Musical

Congratulations to Da Camera Young Artist Composer Ben Morris, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant and whose musical North Pond just had its premiere at the MATCH. Morris recently reported that ” I’ll be studying for ten months in Oslo, Norway under a Fulbright Grant, working with jazz composer...

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17-18 Season, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, on sale now

Da Camera has announced its 2017/2018 30th anniversary season, with the theme NO PLACE LIKE HOME. The 17/18 season’s programming centers on Houston’s rich history and asks relevant questions about the meaning of home. The season explores America, exile and how the universal theme of home is expressed in music,...

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Da Camera MIX at the MATCH concerts, April 25-29

New this season, Da Camera presents five nights of an innovative mix of jazz, classical and contemporary, featuring international artists and outstanding local talent. Artists and audiences meet over drinks between the sets at the new midtown arts venue located at 3400 Main St. Two sets per night. One set:...

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Houstonia’s Chris Becker interviews Joshua Redman

Houstonia magazine’s Chris Becker interviewed Joshua Redman ahead of Friday night’s Still Dreaming concert, honoring the saxophonist’s father Dewey Redman and his band of Ornette Coleman alums, Old and New Dreams: “Ornette’s music was and is revolutionary,” says Redman, who was born in 1969. “He had these incredible songs that...

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Da Camera Announces free JAM at Discovery Green jazz concerts for April

Da Camera has announced the schedule for its series of free events at downtown’s Discovery Green park in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. This year’s series includes master drummer Joel Fulgham’s Big Band, brass party band Red Baraat and the trio of pianist Jason Moran, bass player Chris Walker and...

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A PROUST SONATA Production Selected For Prestigious International Program

Da Camera’s latest original production, A PROUST SONATA, conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg, was selected by a jury of international producers to be featured at the International Society of Performing Arts “Pitch New Works” Program at ISPA’s January conference held at The Times Center in New York. Bringing together...

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Support Da Camera’s Music Encounters on Giving Tuesday, Nov 29!

Giving Tuesday is November 29. Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. We encourage you to support Da Camera’s innovative Music Encounters program on Giving Tuesday, and share your support on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Da...

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New video introductions to Picasso and Music

New in our series of video introductions to the concerts in our 16/17 season, Sarah Rothenberg introduces the upcoming performances of Picasso and Music, November 14 and 15 at The Menil Collection.

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Da Camera recording Rothko Chapel on first round ballot for Grammy Award

Da Camera’s recording Rothko Chapel, released in October 2015, is included in the first round voting for the 2015 Grammy Awards in two categories: Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Compendium. The recording received rave reviews: The best classical recordings of 2015 “terrific concept album” – The Chicago Tribune 5 stars...

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Review: Josephine Baker still a revolutionary figure says Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle’s Wei Chen reviewed Da Camera’s season opening concert, Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait. Read the review. (Subscription required.) “Clearly, anyone expecting a vaudevillian night of song and dance was in for a surprise. The show, featuring members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, is a dark and contemplative...

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Houston Chronicle Previews Jason Moran’s Monk Tribute

Thelonious Monk in 1959. Jason Moran right now. The world didn’t understand that concert. Moran aims to fix that. by Andrew Dansby Read the full article here. (Subscription required.) Sample from the interview: “He’s a much larger figure than just what he does at the piano,” Moran says. “I thought...

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Da Camera Announces Major Gift, Largest in Organization’s History

DA CAMERA ANNOUNCES $1.64 MILLION BEQUEST Largest gift in music organization’s 29-year history Annual James K. Schooler Concert will be inaugurated in 2016-17 season Da Camera has announced that it has received a $1.64 million bequest from the estate of James K. Schooler. This is the largest gift in the...

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Poet Claudia Rankine, contributor to Josephine Baker project, awarded MacArthur “genius” grant

Poet Claudia Rankine, who wrote the spoken texts featured in Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait, has been awarded a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called “genius” grant. Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx...

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Lineup announced for Jason Moran’s In My Mind concert

Pianist Jason Moran will be joined by his Bandwagon Trio and an expanded band known as the Big Bandwagon for the October 7 concert Jason Moran Presents In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959. The line up is Jason Moran, piano; Tarus Mateen, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums; Ralph Alessi,...

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Two free Da Camera performances at Sunday’s Theater District Open House

Sunday’s Theater District Open House features two free Da Camera performances in the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater: 12:50pm – 1:15pm Da Camera chamber music performance featuring Boson Mo, violin; Abhijit Sengupta, viola; Annamarie Reader, cello and Timothy Hester, piano 2:35pm – 3:00pm Da Camera jazz featuring drummer Sam Dinkins III...

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New York Times interviews Julia Bullock and Tyshawn Sorey about Josephine Baker project

The New York Times’s Zachary Woolfe intereviewed soprano Julia Bullock and composer/drummer Tyshawn Sorey about their Josephine Baker: A Personal Project, which opens Da Camera’s season on September 30. Read the interview. Bullock describes the “living project” which is being revised for its Mostly Mozart performance and will continue to...

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Young Artist Program Auditions Coming Up Aug. 25-26: New video!

In this new video, Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program participants Bethany Baxter, Jackson Guillen, Ingrid Hunter and Teresa Procter speak about what the two-year program/fellowship has meant for them, including learning about programming, taking administrative workshops, experiencing what it’s like to connect with different communities and understanding how...

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New Music Pass for Young Professionals includes Brentano Quartet concert

Circle of Fifths is a musical passport to Houston for young professionals. Experience the incredible artistry provided by Houston chamber music organizations. Enjoy performances from Houston’s premiere ensemble organizations: Ars Lyrica Houston, Houston Chamber Choir, ROCO, Mercury and Da Camera. The Circle of Fifths pass includes 5 great concerts for...

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Jason Moran talks about Houston and jazz with NPR and Christian McBride

Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran talked with NPR’s Audie Cornish and jazz bassist Christian McBride about the recent “onslaught” of Houston jazz musicians exploding onto the national scene. They include Moran himself, Robert Glasper (who has appeared on Da Camera’s jazz series) and pianist Helen Sung (who appeared on...

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Jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant honored by Jazz Journalists Association

Congratulations to Cecile McLorin Salvant, named Female Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association at their annual awards ceremony in New York on June 15! Also honored were vocalist Gregory Porter, pianist Vijay Iyer, clarinetist Anat Cohen, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and others who have been...

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Trumpeter Marquis Hill’s The Way We Play Set For Release June 24

The new recording by Chicago-born trumpeter Marquis Hill, who makes his Houston debut on the Da Camera jazz series on March 11, is set for release on June 24. With release of The Way We Play, Hill’s debut for Concord Jazz, his profile as a new commanding voice on the jazz...

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The Colorado soundtrack released on New Amsterdam records, following world premiere at Da Camera

A recording of The Colorado, the music from the documentary film with live music which had its world premiere at Da Camera in April, has been released on New Amsterdam records. The project is driven by original compositions from William Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, Paola Prestini, Shara Nova (previously known as Shara Worden),...

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Former Young Artist Ensemble WindSync Wins Prestigious Fischoff Competition

Former Da Camera Young Artist Ensemble WindSync recently won the gold medal at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. WindSync captured the Gold Medal ($3,500.00) in the Senior Wind Division. In addition to prize money, the ensemble will participate in a Winner’s Tour of the Midwestern United States this fall. Members...

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Jason Moran receives prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has announced the 21 recipients of its fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards, honoring recipients in the field of dance, jazz, and theatre. Among them are Houston native jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. On the DDCF web site, Moran was asked, “What are the creative...

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Cancelled JAM at Discovery Green Event Rescheduled

The April 21 Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green event, cancelled due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 5 at 6:30. The event features a set of Jazz with Strings, featuring trumpeter Dennis Dotson and arrangements by Robert “Doc” Morgan. Morgan is the artistic adviser for the...

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Houston Chronicle previews The Colorado: Filmmaker and composers unite to give a voice to the cultures along the Colorado

Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle interviewed film director Murat Eyuboglu and composer/percussionist Glenn Kotche about Tuesday’s premiere of The Colorado. Read the full article here. Subscription required. “And perhaps most thrillingly, (film director Murat) Eyuboglu means the music, which he conceived as central to the cross-disciplinary project. He titled...

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Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green kicks off April 15

Da Camera and Discovery Green present a series of free concerts celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month — Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green – Friday, April 15 and Thursday, April 21 and 28 at 6:30 pm at the downtown park. Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green features jazz artists from the Greater Houston...

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Young Artist Program Auditions Announced

Information about auditioning for the Da Camera Young Artist Program for the 2016/2017 has been announced. Details are available here on the Da Camera web site. Click here for information.

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“Bridge of Spies” Oscar winner Mark Rylance is narrator for The Colorado

Actor Mark Rylance, who recently won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Bridge of Spies, is the narrator for the upcoming live music/documentary film event The Colorado. Read more about all the collaborators at projectcolorado.com. The Colorado is Tuesday, April 12 at the Wortham Theater Center.

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Club Da Camera honoring Robert Del Grande set for Feb 27 at the Corinthian

Club Da Camera, Da Camera’s 28th annual gala, isn’t a typical black-tie affair. It isn’t a traditional dinner. And it isn’t only an opportunity to support an organization that has become critical in defining Houston’s eclectic performing arts scene. Club Da Camera will welcome guests into a posh, swanky lounge...

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Sarah Rothenberg featured in MFAH Rothko Symposium Oct 17

In conjunction with the exhibition Mark Rothko: A Retrospective, on view through January 24, 2016, at the MFAH, the 40th Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium—“Rothko in Retrospect”—explores Rothko’s career in the context of his contemporaries in New York and the influence his paintings still hold for us today. Sarah Rothenberg...

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Rothko Chapel CD on ECM New Series is now available for pre-order

The new ECM recording of Da Camera’s unique Rothko Chapel CD is now available for pre-order. With an official release date of October 23, the new CD features Morton Feldman’s 1971 masterpiece Rothko Chapel and works of Satie and John Cage. Rothko Chapel was inspired by Morton Feldman’s visit to...

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Press coverage for Opening Night in Houston Chronicle and Houstonia

The Houston Chronicle’s Colin Eatock interviews “soulful soprano” Dawn Upshaw in advance of Saturday’s Opening Night concert, featuring her performing songs by Charles Ives and George Crumb’s The Winds of Destiny. Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg spoke to Houstonia about the concert. “The power of music is that it...

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Two New Da Camera Recordings on Major International Labels

This fall sees the release of two long-awaited Da Camera recordings on prestigious European labels featuring works inspired by Houston’s Rothko Chapel.  On October 23, ECM releases Da Camera’s unique Music for Rothko Chapelprogram featuring Morton Feldman’s 1971 masterpiece Rothko Chapel and works of Satie and John Cage. Rothko Chapel...

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Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran give Mitchell Artist Lecture, kicking off Homecoming Residency

The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts recently brought back the Mitchell Artist Lecture, a landmark public program that annually features major figures in the world of artistic collaboration. The Center’s 2015 speakers were revered artistic and life partners, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, whose...

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Acclaimed designers join Marcel Proust Project team

Set and costume design Marina Draghici and projection and video designer Hannah Wasileski have joined the production team for Sarah Rothenberg’s Marcel Proust Project. Marina Draghici won the Tony Award for Best Costumes and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Costumes for her work on Fela! Hannah Wasileksi won an Obie...

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Young Artist Jonathan Booker featured by Houston Public Media

For many musicians in the Houston area, the Da Camera Young Artist Program is a unique opportunity for career development. The program is designed for those musicians who are just embarking on their professional careers, and it allows them to engage with each other and the Houston community in a...

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Da Camera Young Artists among Symphony’s new community embedded musicians

HOUSTON (July 28, 2015) – The Houston Symphony announced today that it has successfully recruited four new string musicians to be part of an initiative announced earlier this year to embed musicians more deeply in the community. The four musicians/educators will focus on enhancing the orchestra’s growing education and community engagement...

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Get great Da Camera deals at Theater District Open House Aug. 30

THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE Visit Da Camera in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center. Great deals on our “daring programs that serve as a gathering spot for music lovers.” (culturemap.com) Save 10% on the already-discounted Jazz series, Build Your Own series, Chamber Music series or the Full Season. Get...

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2014/15 Young Artists Concert Goodbye

Say farewell to the 14/15 class of Young Artists at special May 14 concert On Thursday, May 14 at 7:15 PM, The Da Camera Young Artists present highlights from their 2014/2015 concerts, including works performed at the Menil Collection; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Methodist Hospital. Works of Brahms,...

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2015/16 Season Preview

15/16 season features commissions, new productions and Beethoven Perspectives series Da Camera’s 15/16 season features a prominent co-commission, as Da Camera joins the Metropolitan Museum of Art in commissioning The Colorado: A Film Oratorio. The season will see the world premiere of Sarah Rothenberg’s new production The Marcel Proust Project,...

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