Houston Matters

Houston’s got time… for three

The Grammy-winning classical-pop trio Time for Three comes to town.

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Time for Three
Time for Three (L-R): Nicolas "Nick" Kendall, Charles Yang, and Ranaan Meyer.


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There are many ways to describe the musical trio Time for Three. With music that draws on influences across genres like classical, pop, and folk music, they do not easily fit into one box.

“Those are people kind of describing us in a way… but for us, it’s all just music,” says violinist and vocalist Charles Yang.

On the classical side, the band received the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2023 for their album Letters for the Future, featuring two concertos by composers Kevin Puts and Jennifer Higdon.

On Feb. 9, the group will be hosted by Performing Arts Houston at the Wortham Center, presenting original pieces and arrangements of popular tunes.

In the audio above, Yang talks with Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about the band’s collaborations, how they write their own music, and how his own upbringing in Texas influenced what he does today.