Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 38: Stringed Life – on being a quartet, with Enso String Quartet

Posted on · The Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet puts the "class" in this episode of Classical Classroom. We discuss where string quartets come from, why the instruments in a quartet go together so well, what sets Enso apart from other string quartets, and what it's like to play live (which apparently sometimes includes hitting yourself in the face and dancing to get away from bees).

Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 37: George Heathco on Louis Andriessen and Alt-Classical

Posted on · Louis Andriessen is one of the most important contemporary composers you've (probably) never heard of. His work isn't widely played because he's written many pieces for varieties of ensembles that don't exist. In fact, specially created ensembles have sprung up because of Andriessen's pieces, including the famous British ensemble, Icebreaker. Guitarist, composer, and co-founder of Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, George Heathco, teaches us all about Andriessen and his contributions to the alt classical movement. Or indie classical. Or whatever you wanna call it.  

Music from the Movies

Gravity: Music from the Movies

Posted on · Join host Brad Sayles as he explores the Oscar nominated score to Gravity with composer Steven Price. This sonically superb score features a whole host of sound from synths to samples, and solo strings to choirs...all organized in a musical way to give us a ride like no other. Tune in this Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 5pm.

Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 36: Catherine Lu welcomes the Year of the Horse with the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

Posted on · The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto was written by two Chinese composers, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, in 1959. In honor of Chinese New Year - which begins 1/31 - Houston Public Media's Catherine Lu has come back to the Classroom to teach us all about this gorgeous piece, which was based on possibly the most tragic opera ever.

UH Moment

UH Moment: “STEAM”

Posted on · Science and math often are considered to be opposite ends of the spectrum from art endeavors. But one teacher and researcher finds they have more in common than we think, and together can create a better student.