Unwrap Your Candies Now

Catastrophic Theatre Produces A Tale Of Faith And Survival For The Holidays, Plus Composer Jimmy López Bellido Writes A Musical Love Letter To NASA

Learn about a story of love, forgiveness and survival from a storm, and discover a symphony that reaches for the stars.

  • The Cast of Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" and Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López Bellido at NASA (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun and Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
    The Cast of Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" and Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López Bellido at NASA (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun and Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
  • Tamarie Cooper in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)
    Tamarie Cooper in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)
  • Tamarie Cooper, Greg Dean and Rachel Shaw in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)
    Tamarie Cooper, Greg Dean and Rachel Shaw in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)
  • Tamarie Cooper and Tasha Gorel in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)
    Tamarie Cooper and Tasha Gorel in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)
  • Jeff Miller, director of Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Catastrophic Theatre)
    Jeff Miller, director of Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Catastrophic Theatre)
  • Rebecca Randall, Tamarie Cooper, Rachel Shaw and Greg Dean in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron
    Rebecca Randall, Tamarie Cooper, Rachel Shaw and Greg Dean in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron
  • Rebecca Randall and Rachel Shaw in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron
    Rebecca Randall and Rachel Shaw in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron
  • Tasha Gorel, Rebecca Randall, Rachel Shaw and Tamarie Cooper in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron
    Tasha Gorel, Rebecca Randall, Rachel Shaw and Tamarie Cooper in Catastrophic Theatre's "Baby Screams Miracle" by Clare Barron
  • Jimmy López Bellido, Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence 2017-2020 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Symphony)
    Jimmy López Bellido, Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence 2017-2020 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Houston Symphony)
  • Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
    Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
  • Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
    Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
  • Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
    Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
  • Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
    Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
  • Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
    Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
  • Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)
    Composer Jimmy López Bellido visited NASA / Johnson Space Center for inspiration for his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra." (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jimmy López Bellido)

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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Ernie Manouse interviews Jeff Miller (director) and Tamarie Cooper (cast member and co-artistic director) about Baby Screams Miracle by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Clare Barron. Described as a funny, moving tale of faith and survival, the show is being produced by The Catastrophic Theatre from November 22 – December 15 at MATCH.

Then, Catherine Lu chats with Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López Bellido about his World Premiere "Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra," dedicated to NASA and inspired by space travel. A culmination of his three-year residency, the piece is also a kind of love letter to Houston. Performances are December 5, 7 and 8 at Jones Hall.

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

Music used: Invention No. 13 by J.S. Bach performed by András Schiff and Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra by Jimmy López Bellido (rehearsal excerpts) performed by the Houston Symphony, Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada

 

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Catherine Lu

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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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