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Houston Grand Opera Premieres Opera Inspired by Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil

Posted on · This Thursday (March 16, 2017), Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach program premieres a new opera inspired by the Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil. The story in Some Light Emerges follows five characters and Menil over the course of four decades and examines how they are affected by the chapel — and the Rothko art inside. […]

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and March Movies: Tuesday’s Show (March 14, 2017)

Posted on · The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo heads into its second week. In just its first five days, the annual event has drawn more half a million visitors to events ranging from calf roping, to mutton busting, to the carnival and numerous big-name musical acts. On this edition of Houston Matters, we send Michael Hagerty to […]

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Even When God Is Silent

Posted on · Composer Michael Horvit is a professor emeritus at the University of Houston. He tells the story of a piece of music he composed called Even When God is Silent. The lyrics came from words found scrawled on a wall in Germany at the end of World War II. They read: “I believe in the sun, even when […]

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Composer Philip Glass Discusses His Houston Ties, His Cats and Performing with David Bowie

Posted on · There is something unmistakable about Philip Glass’s music. The repetitions, the layering, the crescendos and decrescendos, the cyclical nature of his melodies and chord structures. Even if you’ve never heard a work of his before, it sticks out as undeniably a Philip Glass composition. He is also a singular personality, as News 88.7 arts and […]

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Defy Gravity: Celebrating The Music Of Stephen Schwartz

Posted on · Composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz has been a major presence in American musical theater and film for more than 40 years. He’s written famous songs for shows ranging from Godspell to Pippin to Wicked. He’s also an three time Oscar and Grammy winner, and Friday night, he’s attending a revue here in Houston of his best-loved works. […]

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What Should the Soundtrack for Houston Sound Like?

Posted on · When you think of a song connected with Houston, what song comes to mind? Is it country? Is it hip hop? Or do you struggle to pinpoint the sound of the Bayou City? Well, perhaps that struggle is now over thanks to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (or GHCVB) and a collaboration with the Houston […]