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Hurricane Harvey

Houston Musicians Raise Money And Spirits After Harvey

Apollo Chamber Players, Musiqa and Jazz Forever will perform a benefit concert that also celebrates the city’s resilience and diversity.

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  • The acclaimed Houston-based string quartet performs folk-inspired classical music and commissions new music. (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle)
    The acclaimed Houston-based string quartet performs folk-inspired classical music and commissions new music. (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle)
  • Jazz Forever is an ensemble of ten, elite Houston musicians, dedicated to preserving the original jazz traditions. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazz Forever's Facebook page)
    Jazz Forever is an ensemble of ten, elite Houston musicians, dedicated to preserving the original jazz traditions. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazz Forever's Facebook page)
  • MUSIQA in concert (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Musiqa's Facebook page)
    MUSIQA in concert (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Musiqa's Facebook page)
  • Located at 3400 Main Street, MATCH was fortunate to have escaped flooding and damage from Harvey. The venue is providing its space free of charge to the performers of the Harvey Relief Concert. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MATCH)
    Located at 3400 Main Street, MATCH was fortunate to have escaped flooding and damage from Harvey. The venue is providing its space free of charge to the performers of the Harvey Relief Concert. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of MATCH)
  • A graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, violinist Matthew Detrick is Founder and Artistic Director of Apollo Chamber Players. (Photo Credit: Cris Stephens)
    A graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, violinist Matthew Detrick is Founder and Artistic Director of Apollo Chamber Players. (Photo Credit: Cris Stephens)
  • All proceeds will benefit Harvey relief efforts through the Greater Houston Community Foundation and Catholic Charities Houston.  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Apollo Chamber Players)
    All proceeds will benefit Harvey relief efforts through the Greater Houston Community Foundation and Catholic Charities Houston. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Apollo Chamber Players)

When the rain finally stopped, violinist Matthew Detrick started brainstorming about how the Apollo Chamber Players could help with recovery efforts.

"You know, there's been some groups that have gone to play at shelters and that's wonderful – I think that's a great way to connect with people – but we decided to invest more of our time in a benefit concert."

So Apollo joined forces with local groups, Musiqa and Jazz Forever, to host a Harvey Relief Concert this Friday, September 8, 7pm at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston. Known as MATCH, that venue was not damaged in the storm and donated the space.

Through a concert of African American spirituals, contemporary classical music, jazz, and more, they hope not only to raise money but also to bring the community together.

"You know, obviously the recovery efforts will be focused on rebuilding homes and property – all these physical aspects – but art and music can help the city recover spiritually."

All proceeds will benefit relief efforts through the Greater Houston Community Foundation and Catholic Charities Houston. Tickets serve as pay-as-you-choose donations and can be purchased at MATCH's website.

Hear the complete interview with Matthew Detrick below, where he shares the full story about the relief concert, his thoughts about the role of art after a disaster, and his personal experience during Harvey:

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If you would like to contribute but cannot attend the concert, you can make a donation to Apollo's Harvey Relief Concert Fund. Houston Public Media will also record and broadcast the Harvey Relief Concert – tune in to hear it on Encore Houston this Saturday, September 9, 10pm and Sunday, September 10, 4pm on HPM Classical.

Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

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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