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Local Ensemble Celebrates 10 Years With Concert Inspired By Indian Classical Music

We learn about Houston Melharmony, the season-opening concert for the Apollo Chamber Players, who celebrate their tenth anniversary this year.

Apollo Chamber Players Rehearsing With Chitravina N. Ravikiran
Composer and performer Chitravina N. Ravikiran rehearses with violinist Anabel Ramirez and violinist Matthew Detrick of Apollo Chamber Players in preparation for the group’s concert “Houston Melharmony.”

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Houston Melharmony is the season-opening concert for the Apollo Chamber Players, who celebrate their tenth anniversary this year.

The concert features an Indian raga-inspired work by musician and composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran that combines Western and Indian classical idioms. Melharmony is a concept Ravikiran created in the World Music genre that blends elements of melody and harmony.

The piece is the twelfth of Apollo’s 20×2020 commissions — 20 pieces by the year 2020 all inspired by folk music from around the world. Other works on the concert are Philip Glass' String Quartet No. 3 and Terry Riley's revolutionary minimalist work from 1964, titled simply In C.

The concert will also feature dancers from Silambam Houston.

Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with the group’s artistic director Matthew Detrick, who is also one of Apollo’s violin players, about the concert, about the ensemble’s 20×2020 project, their recent visit to Cuba, and the group’s upcoming CD release.

WHAT: Houston Melharmony Concert
WHO: Apollo Chamber Players
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall

  • Houston Public Media's Joshua Zinn and Matthew Detrick of Apollo Chamber Players pose in studio prior to an interview. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Apollo Chamber Players)
    Houston Public Media's Joshua Zinn and Matthew Detrick of Apollo Chamber Players pose in studio prior to an interview. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Apollo Chamber Players)
  • Musician and composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran is the creator of the concept "Melharmony" -- the blending of melody and harmony in world music.
    Musician and composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran is the creator of the concept "Melharmony" -- the blending of melody and harmony in world music.
  • Composer and performer Chitravina N. Ravikiran rehearses with violinist Anabel Ramirez and violinist Matthew Detrick of Apollo Chamber Players prior to their concert "Houston Melharmony." (Photo Credit: Courtesy Apollo Chamber Players)
    Composer and performer Chitravina N. Ravikiran rehearses with violinist Anabel Ramirez and violinist Matthew Detrick of Apollo Chamber Players prior to their concert "Houston Melharmony." (Photo Credit: Courtesy Apollo Chamber Players)
  • Apollo Chamber Players held a benefit concert that raised more than $8,000 for Harvey relief, $4,350 of which was donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Apollo Chamber Players)
    Apollo Chamber Players held a benefit concert that raised more than $8,000 for Harvey relief, $4,350 of which was donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Apollo Chamber Players)
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 HPM 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 for Houston...

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