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Encore Houston, Episode 2: KINETIC

The string orchestra KINETIC presents music about darkness and light in their season opening concert of 2016!



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KINETIC, the conductorless ensemble

Our next episode of Encore Houston presents KINETIC, the conductorless ensemble in their season-opening concert of 2016, “Illuminations.” Begun by Rice University student Natalie Lin, the ensemble is currently in its second season of existence! This performance included a world premiere by Rice professor Karim Al-Zand inspired by Europe’s refugee crisis, surreal music by Benjamin Britten with guest soloist Alexandra Smither, and Arnold Schoenberg’s dark and moody Verklärte Nacht, based on the poem of the same name by Richard Dehmel.

  • KARIM AL-ZAND, Luctus Profugis
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN, Les Illuminations
  • Encore: FRANZ SCHUBERT (arr. Giancarlo Latta), Nacht und Träume
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN, Three Divertimenti
  • ARNOLD SCHOENBERG, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
  • Natalie Lin, concertmaster
  • Alexandra Smither, soprano [Les Illuminations]
  • MuChen Hsieh, violin [Three Divertimenti]
  • Mark Chien, violin [Three Divertimenti]
  • Tonya Burton, viola [Three Divertimenti]
  • Nathan Watts, cello [Three Divertimenti]
  • Performance date: 10/16/2016
  • Originally aired: 1/14/2017

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 pm, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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