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Classical Music

Texas New Music Ensemble Presents Its Inaugural Concert

New group’s debut performance showcases music by contemporary Texas composers.


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Courtney Vandiver Pereira plays Chad Robinson’s Darkbloom in the Geary Studio
Courtenay Vandiver Pereira plays Chad Robinson’s Darkbloom in the Geary Studio

While completing his Ph.D. in music composition at Kings College, University of London, Houston native Chad Robinson came up with the idea of creating a music ensemble that would showcase the work of living Texas composers. And so, on his return to Houston, the Texas New Music Ensemble (TNME) was born.

The group presents its very first concert this Saturday, 7PM, at Studio 101 in the Spring Street Studios, and will be performing music by Rice University’s Pierre Jalbert, University of Houston professor Marcus Karl Maroney, Donald Grantham (UT Austin) and Chad Robinson himself.

Robinson, TNME’s artistic director, came into the Geary Studio with TNME member, cellist Courtenay Vandiver Pereira, to talk about TNME and its inaugural concert with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and to play Robinson’s piece, Darkbloom, that will be featured as part of the performance.

Watch a video of Courtenay playing Darkbloom in the Geary Studio here.