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Encore Houston, Episode 53: Apollo Chamber Players

The Apollo Chamber Players present works by Glass, Riley, and two world premieres by Chitravina N. Ravikiran.


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Concert with strings, Indian classical artists, and Indian dancers
Ben Doyle, Runaway Productions
The Apollo Chamber Players in concert with Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Erode Nagiraj, Robin Kesselman, and dancers from Silambam Houston

Our latest episode of Encore Houston features perhaps the most unique of our performances thus far, with the Apollo Chamber Players joined by special Indian classical music artists Chitravina N. Ravikiran and Erode Nagiraj. Ravikiran performs on a slide instrument also called the chitravina or the Gotuvadyam, and Nagiraj performs on the percussive mrudangam.

Their concert Houston Melharmony presented the 12th of the group’s 20×2020 commissions, with two works inspired by Indian classical music written by Ravikiran. The concert also included additional works by Ravikiran, other Indian composers, and pieces by Philip Glass and Terry Riley. Additional performers were Houston Symphony bassist Robin Kesselman, bharatanatyam dancer Smitha Madhav, and dancers from Silambam Houston.

Music in this episode:

  • PHILIP GLASS, String Quartet No. 3, “Mishima”
  • CHITRAVINA N. RAVIKIRAN, A Mouthful of Universe (20×2020 No. 12a)
  • SHYAMA SHASTRI, Marive gati
  • RAVIKIRAN, Pushpanjali
  • ANNAMACHARYA, Alarula guriyaka
  • RAVIKIRAN, The Cosmic Knowledge (20×2020 No. 12b)
    • Apollo Chamber Players
      • Matthew Detrick, violin
      • Anabel Ramirez, violin
      • Whitney Bullock, viola
      • Matthew Dudzik, cello
    • Chitravina N. Ravikiran, gotuvadyam
    • Erode Nagiraj, mrudangam
    • Robin Kesselman, double bass
    • Smitha Madhav, bharatanatyam dancer
    • Dancers from Silambam Houston
  • Performance date: 10/7/2017
  • Originally aired: 2/10/2018

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 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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