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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.

  • Anne Frank portrait created by artist Daniel Mark Duffy; Aaron Phillips as "Othello" (Photo Credit: Daniel Mark Duffy and Obsidian Theater)
    Anne Frank portrait created by artist Daniel Mark Duffy; Aaron Phillips as "Othello" (Photo Credit: Daniel Mark Duffy and Obsidian Theater)
  • Anne Frank portrait created by artist Daniel Mark Duffy (Photo Credit: Daniel Mark Duffy, danielmarkduffy.com)
    Anne Frank portrait created by artist Daniel Mark Duffy (Photo Credit: Daniel Mark Duffy, danielmarkduffy.com)
  • Houston Chamber Choir (Photo Credit: Jeff Grass Photography)
    Houston Chamber Choir (Photo Credit: Jeff Grass Photography)
  • Robert Simpson, Houston Chamber Choir Founder & The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Artistic Chair (Photo Credit: Jeff Grass Photography)
    Robert Simpson, Houston Chamber Choir Founder & The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Artistic Chair (Photo Credit: Jeff Grass Photography)
  • Holocaust Museum Houston, Lester and Sue Smith Campus (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
    Holocaust Museum Houston, Lester and Sue Smith Campus (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
  • "And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide" in the Rhona and Bruce Caress Gallery, Holocaust Museum Houston (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
    "And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide" in the Rhona and Bruce Caress Gallery, Holocaust Museum Houston (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
  • "And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide" in the Rhona and Bruce Caress Gallery, Holocaust Museum Houston (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
    "And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide" in the Rhona and Bruce Caress Gallery, Holocaust Museum Houston (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
  • "And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide" in the Rhona and Bruce Caress Gallery, Holocaust Museum Houston (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
    "And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide" in the Rhona and Bruce Caress Gallery, Holocaust Museum Houston (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
  • "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" Holocaust Gallery now houses and preserves the Danish Rescue Boat and the German World War II-era Railcar (gallery expanded from 4700 to 7716 square feet at Holocaust Museum Houston). (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
    "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" Holocaust Gallery now houses and preserves the Danish Rescue Boat and the German World War II-era Railcar (gallery expanded from 4700 to 7716 square feet at Holocaust Museum Houston). (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
  • "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" Holocaust Gallery now houses and preserves the Danish Rescue Boat and the German World War II-era Railcar (gallery expanded from 4700 to 7716 square feet at Holocaust Museum Houston). (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
    "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" Holocaust Gallery now houses and preserves the Danish Rescue Boat and the German World War II-era Railcar (gallery expanded from 4700 to 7716 square feet at Holocaust Museum Houston). (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
  • "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" Holocaust Gallery at Holocaust Museum Houston. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
    "Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers" Holocaust Gallery at Holocaust Museum Houston. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston)
  • Bryan-Keyth Wilson, director & choreographer of "Othello: The Remix" (Photo Credit: Bryan-Keyth Wilson's Facebook page)
    Bryan-Keyth Wilson, director & choreographer of "Othello: The Remix" (Photo Credit: Bryan-Keyth Wilson's Facebook page)
  • "Othello: The Remix" set (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
    "Othello: The Remix" set (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
  • Iago (Brett Hart) and Othello (Aaron Phillips) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
    Iago (Brett Hart) and Othello (Aaron Phillips) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
  • Othello (Aaron Phillips) and Iago (Brett Hart) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
    Othello (Aaron Phillips) and Iago (Brett Hart) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
  • Aaron Phillips stars as "Othello." (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
    Aaron Phillips stars as "Othello." (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
  • Rodrigo (Dom Hernandez) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
    Rodrigo (Dom Hernandez) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
  • Rodrigo (Dom Hernandez) and Iago (Brett Hart) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)
    Rodrigo (Dom Hernandez) and Iago (Brett Hart) (Photo Credit: Obsidian Theater)

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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

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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