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The Apollo Chamber Players reflect on the past as they celebrate 15 years

Founder Matt Detrick looks back at the organization’s very first concert



The Apollo Chamber Players performing at Carnegie Hall in NYC


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Fifteen years ago, Rice University violinist Matthew Detrick wanted to perform chamber music with and for his friends. So, partnering up with fellow violinist Tim Peters, they created the first-ever concert of the Apollo Chamber Players.

Now, fifteen years later, Apollo has commissioned more than 40 new works, released six commercial albums, and performed at venues like Carnegie Hall in New York City and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba.

Saturday (May 13), the ensemble concludes its 15th season with a concert at Rice University that looks back at their origins and also celebrates their mission to perform new music embracing multicultural concepts and styles.

In the audio above, Detrick, the group’s founder and artistic director, talks with Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about how far the ensemble has come in 15 years and about some of his favorite performances.

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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