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Full Show: Election Day Primer, And ExxonMobil Settlement (Nov. 7, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters, we preview the items you'll see on your ballot today. We discuss the recent ExxonMobil settlement over air pollution allegations. And we learn about an opera being staged in an airplane hangar at Hobby Airport.

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Songs of Revelry, Love and Scorn at Saint Arnold Brewery

Posted on · (Above: Performers from Prima Volta, an organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston: (L-R) Heath Martin, baritone, Anna Diemer, soprano, Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano, Brian Yeakley, tenor, Andreea Muţ, pianist. Photo: Randy Eckman) Prima Volta is a local organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston. Every […]

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Houston Grand Opera Premieres Opera Inspired by Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil

Posted on · This Thursday (March 16, 2017), Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach program premieres a new opera inspired by the Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil. The story in Some Light Emerges follows five characters and Menil over the course of four decades and examines how they are affected by the chapel — and the Rothko art inside. […]

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Political Roundup and Roland Martin: Wednesday’s Show (February 22, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political round up and analysis of national, state and local political stories. From President Donald Trump’s lengthy press conference last week (Feb. 16, 2017), to Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Europe, to the latest from the Texas Legislature, on this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss it all […]

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How Nixon’s Visit to China Put the Houston Opera Scene on the Map

Posted on · It’s been 45 years since President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972, ending decades of isolation from the West. Thirty years ago, Houston Grand Opera turned the story into an opera called, simply, Nixon in China. The piece broke new ground with a portrayal of recent world events and in its mix of […]

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Speeding Up the ‘Ike Dike’ Study, and the First African Americans at NASA: Tuesday’s Show (January 17, 2017)

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Takes the Stage in Opera Form

Posted on · “You can’t make someone want to live, you can’t save their life… they have to save themselves, but you can make your presence known,” is one of the pivotal lessons of the classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, according to composer Jake Heggie. Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (which […]

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The Year In Education, and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Opera: Tuesday’s Show (December 13, 2016)

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education. In January, Mike Morath started his role as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He’s a known advocate for school choice and previously served […]

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Tenor Michael Fabiano on the Flaws and Faith of ‘Faust’

Posted on · The German legend of Faust has provided inspiration for a multitude of artists. Perhaps the most famous version of the story comes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose play in two parts, Faust, was published in the early nineteenth century. From composers Berlioz to Schnittke, to writers Thomas Mann and Clive Barker, and even the writers of Marvel Comics, […]