Encore Houston

Encore Houston, Episode 16: Apollo Chamber Players

The Apollo Chamber Players perform music about creation and existence from Walczak, Milhaud, and Haydn.

The Apollo Chamber Players and composer Christopher Walczak in the Geary Performance Studio in January.
The Apollo Chamber Players and composer Christopher Walczak in the Geary Performance Studio in January.

On this episode of Encore Houston, we explore the deeper mysteries of life and creation with the Apollo Chamber Players. Spanning over three centuries, the selections on this concert all tackle existential topics, beginning with Christopher Walczak‘s musical rumination on dreaming through the spirituality of Australian Aborigines. Then, Darius Milhaud goes back to the beginning of the world as interpreted by African folk mythology, using a musical style heavily influenced by jazz. Finally, the concert concludes with the first part of Franz Joseph Haydn’s massive oratorio on the Judeo-Christian story of our origins: The Creation. The Apollo Chamber Players are joined by an additional string quartet, three vocal soloists, and singers from Cantare Houston.

  • CHRISTOPHER WALCZAK, Four Dreams
  • DARIUS MILHAUD, La Création du Monde
    • Arranged for double string quartet by D.A. Seidenberg
  • FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN, The Creation – Part One
    • Arranged for chamber ensemble by L. Golofeev
  • Adam Lamotte, violin
  • Sonja Harasim, violin
  • James Dunham, viola
  • Deborah Dunham, cello
  • Lynelle Rowley, soprano
  • Eduardo Alberto Tercero, tenor
  • Brendan Emig, bass
  • Cantare Houston Choir
  • Performance date: 1/7/2017
  • Originally aired: 4/22/2017

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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