Unwrap Your Candies Now

Da Camera Embarks On A New Season Of Chamber Music And Jazz, And “Sister” Takes Us Behind-The-Scenes Of Catechism Class

Da Camera explores prominent women, the birthdays of Blue Note Records and Beethoven, and more. Plus, “Sister” Denise Fennell stops by the studio.

  • Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and Actor Denise Fennell (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera and Denise Fennell)
    Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and Actor Denise Fennell (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera and Denise Fennell)
  • Denise Fennell (Photo Credit: Courtesy of denisefennell.net)
    Denise Fennell (Photo Credit: Courtesy of denisefennell.net)
  • Denise Fennell as "Sister" in "Late Nite Catechism" (Photo Credit: Courtesy of denisefennell.net)
    Denise Fennell as "Sister" in "Late Nite Catechism" (Photo Credit: Courtesy of denisefennell.net)
  • Denise Fennell as "Sister" in "Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice" (Photo Credit: Courtesy of denisefennell.net)
    Denise Fennell as "Sister" in "Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice" (Photo Credit: Courtesy of denisefennell.net)
  • Soprano Abigail Fischer sings the role of "Julia Child" in Lee Hoiby's one-act opera "Bon Appetit!" on Sept. 21 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Laura Rose)
    Soprano Abigail Fischer sings the role of "Julia Child" in Lee Hoiby's one-act opera "Bon Appetit!" on Sept. 21 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Laura Rose)
  • John Scofield Quartet performs on Oct. 4 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
    John Scofield Quartet performs on Oct. 4 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
  • Pianist James Francies and his trio perform on the Blue Note Records 80th Birthday Celebration on Nov. 2 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist)
    Pianist James Francies and his trio perform on the Blue Note Records 80th Birthday Celebration on Nov. 2 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist)
  • Saxophonist Branford Marsalis performs on Jan. 25 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
    Saxophonist Branford Marsalis performs on Jan. 25 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs on Feb. 21 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Michael Norwood)
    Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs on Feb. 21 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Michael Norwood)
  • Mandolinist Avi Avital performs on Feb. 24 & 25 at The Menil Collection. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
    Mandolinist Avi Avital performs on Feb. 24 & 25 at The Menil Collection. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
  • Harpist Bridget Kibbey performs on Feb. 24 & 25 at The Menil Collection. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
    Harpist Bridget Kibbey performs on Feb. 24 & 25 at The Menil Collection. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Da Camera)
  • Vijay Iyer Sextet performs on Feb. 29 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Stacy Kimball)
    Vijay Iyer Sextet performs on Feb. 29 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Stacy Kimball)
  • Dafnis Prieto Big Band performs on Mar. 21 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit:  David Garten)
    Dafnis Prieto Big Band performs on Mar. 21 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: David Garten)
  • Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant performs on Apr. 3 at the Wortham Center.  (Photo Credit: Mark Fitton)
    Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant performs on Apr. 3 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Mark Fitton)
  • Julia Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields," an oratorio with original video about Pennsylvania coal miners, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Da Camera presents the work with Houston Chamber Choir and Bang on a Can All-Stars on May 8 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Richard Termine)
    Julia Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields," an oratorio with original video about Pennsylvania coal miners, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Da Camera presents the work with Houston Chamber Choir and Bang on a Can All-Stars on May 8 at the Wortham Center. (Photo Credit: Richard Termine)

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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with Brandon Bell, Director of Education and Artistic Administrator, about Da Camera's 2019 – 2020 season, which opens with Bon Appetit! – a concert with a musical take on Julia Child. Bell also describes the free activities that Da Camera has planned for the 2019 Theater District Open House, including musical caricatures composed on-the-spot by a Da Camera Young Artist-Composer.

Then, Ernie Manouse interviews Denise Fennell, star of Sister's Back to School Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales at Stages Repertory Theatre. Part of the Late Nite Catechism series, the interactive comedy puts the audience in Sister's class, where she begins the school year with lessons about starting anew, the Church's approved tales of ghosts and goblins and a Catholic-appropriate Halloween costume contest.

Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

Music used in Da Camera segment: Branford Marsalis Quartet – Cianna

 

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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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