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Houston Chamber Choir Presents Major Choral Work Based On Anne Frank’s Diary And “Othello: The Remix” Reimagines Shakespeare As Hip Hop

The Houston Chamber Choir lends their voices to honor Anne Frank’s story at the newly-expanded Holocaust Museum Houston. Plus, Obsidian Theater tells Shakespeare’s tragedy in rap.


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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu learns about the Houston Chamber Choir’s season-opening concert, featuring Annelies, the first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank, composed by James Whitbourn with libretto compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger. The Choir presents the work's Houston Premiere at the newly-reopened and expanded Holocaust Museum Houston, September 21 and 22. Catherine chats with the Choir's Founder and Artistic Director, Robert Simpson, and the Museum's Chief Marketing Officer, Robin Cavanaugh, about this collaboration.

Then, Ernie Manouse interviews Bryan-Keyth Wilson, director and choreographer of Obsidian Theater's production of Othello: The Remix, August 30 – September 21 at MATCH. Originally created by The Q Brothers and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the show reimagines Othello as a rising hip-hop star and Iago as a jealous member of his entourage.

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

Music used: Sinfonia (Kyrie) from "Annelies" by James Whitbourn


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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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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