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Apollo Chamber Players Celebrate Apollo 11 And DeQuina Moore Stars in The Ensemble Theater’s “Josephine Tonight”

A local string quartet heads to NASA to perform a piece that will be sent to the moon, and a Houston native-turned-Broadway star transforms into showbiz legend Josephine Baker.

  • Apollo Chamber Players at NASA; DeQuina Moore and Andre’ Neal  (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez and David Bray)
    Apollo Chamber Players at NASA; DeQuina Moore and Andre’ Neal (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez and David Bray)
  • Apollo Chamber Players at NASA, Johnson Space Center (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez)
    Apollo Chamber Players at NASA, Johnson Space Center (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez)
  • Matthew Detrick at Space Center Houston, Saturn V Rocket (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez)
    Matthew Detrick at Space Center Houston, Saturn V Rocket (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez)
  • Apollo Chamber Players at NASA Johnson Space Center, Saturn V Rocket (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez)
    Apollo Chamber Players at NASA Johnson Space Center, Saturn V Rocket (Photo Credit: Jessica Gonzalez)
  • Composer Erberk Eryilmaz (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Apollo Chamber Players)
    Composer Erberk Eryilmaz (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Apollo Chamber Players)
  • Apollo Chamber Players in concert (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle)
    Apollo Chamber Players in concert (Photo Credit: Ben Doyle)
  • DeQuina Moore (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Ensemble Theatre)
    DeQuina Moore (Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Ensemble Theatre)
  • DeQuina Moore and Andre’ Neal in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
    DeQuina Moore and Andre’ Neal in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
  • Jason Carmichael, DeQuina Moore, Regina Hearne and Andre’ Neal  in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
    Jason Carmichael, DeQuina Moore, Regina Hearne and Andre’ Neal in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
  • Jason Carmichael, Regina Hearne and Andre’ Neal in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
    Jason Carmichael, Regina Hearne and Andre’ Neal in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
  • DeQuina Moore as Josephine Baker in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
    DeQuina Moore as Josephine Baker in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
  • Jason Carmichael and Andre’ Neal in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)
    Jason Carmichael and Andre’ Neal in The Ensemble Theatre's production of "Josephine Tonight" (Photo Credit: David Bray)

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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with the Apollo Chamber Players’ Artistic Director, founder and violinist Matthew Detrick and composer Erberk Eryilmaz about their July 6th concert at NASA in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. The centerpiece of the program will be a movement from Erylimaz's Was Her Face the Moon or Sunlight? – a piece that will be sent to the moon in 2021 as part of The MoonArk project.

Then, Ernie Manouse interviews Houston-born Broadway, film and TV performer, DeQuina Moore. They chat about her career and latest role as Josephine Baker in The Ensemble Theatre’s season-finale production Josephine Tonight. The musical biography draws on the early life of the iconic singer, actress and nightclub sensation who wowed audiences in America and Europe in the first quarter of the 20th century.

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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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