Classical Music

Houston Music Highlights: Week Of December 5th, 2016

A preview of the Houston Music Highlights airing on Houston Public Media Classical this week.

The Invincible Czars
The Invincible Czars

Be on the listen for Houston Music Highlights, Tuesday through Friday on Houston Public Media Classical! These 6-minute highlights feature local musicians and ensembles such as the Houston Symphony, the Apollo Chamber Players, and numerous others each week. Houston Music Highlights air at 7 AM, and then repeat at 1 PM, 6 PM, and 10 PM.

This week’s Highlights include seasonal ear candy – from an Austin band’s spin on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and a superstar tenor’s rendition of a beloved Christmas carol to an excerpt from a local holiday concert, plus a sprinkling of early music. All groups have upcoming concerts in Houston!



Russian Dance: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr. J. Robins)

Sleigh Ride: Leroy Anderson (arr. J. Robins)

The Invincible Czars*

Recorded in HPM’s Geary Performance Studio in 2007

*Performing at Houston’s Discovery Green on December 17



Trio Sonata in B minor, Op. 1, No. 6 – II. Allegro: Giuseppe Sammartini

Musica Pacifica*

Mi Palpita il Cor: Baroque Passions (Navona 6056)

*Performing on a Houston Early Music concert on December 9



Adeste fideles (O come, all ye faithful): Traditional (arr. Mercurio)

Andrea Bocelli, tenor*

Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Chorus; Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias (Philip 462600)

*Performing at Houston’s Toyota Center of December 11



A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 – “That yonge child,” “Balulalow,” “As Dew in Aprille” and “This Little Babe”: Benjamin Britten

Houston Chamber Choir; Paula Page, harp; Robert Simpson, conductor

Performed at the Villa de Matel on December 13, 2008

*This year’s Christmas at the Villa concerts are December 10 & 11.


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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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