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Wind Sync Makes Chamber Music ‘Interactive’

Posted on · When you think of chamber music, you probably think of several classical musicians seated on stage, focused intently on their music. But the Houston-based wind ensemble Wind Sync is turning that notion on its head. These rising stars in the classical world are known for taking different approaches to chamber music, including moving around onstage […]

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Previewing the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicks off next week, is a lot of things. The month-long celebration at Reliant Park promotes livestock and farm products, offers a venue for research and education within the livestock industry, a wide variety of 4-H events, includes the largest rodeo in the world, and a month filled […]

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What’s Houston’s Contribution to the Rap World?

Posted on · The Houston rap scene has now been well documented in two books, Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes, which feature photos by Peter Beste and interviews and oral histories collected by writer Lance Scott Walker. Walker joins us to discuss the project and Houston’s influence on the rap world.

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Bonnie Barnett: Another Under Houston Humming

Posted on · Los Angeles-based musician Bonnie Barnett returned to the Houston downtown tunnel system to perform and facilitate a "hum," a public participatory behavior in which singers drone sounds that activate the tunnel space sonically. Presented by DiverseWorks.

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Dengue Fever Brings Cambodian Rock to the World & Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty poses with Chhom Nimol, lead singer of the band Dengue Fever, and Paul Smith, the band’s drummer.) When the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever got together, the group set out to resurrect an obscure, often forgotten form of Cambodian rock – and to do it in the US. Needless […]

Music

Tango Time: Rene Casarsa and the Houston Tango Ensemble

Posted on · This weekend, on the University of St. Thomas campus, Casa Argentina de Houston presents its annual Tango Time celebration featuring pianist Rene Casarsa and his Houston Tango Ensemble, along with singer Andrea Berri.  Rene and Andrea talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the event and share some of their music.  

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Tango: It’s Not Meant Just to Be Danced, But to Be Sung Too

Posted on · Tango lovers are in for a treat this Saturday, as pianist Rene Casarsa and Casa Argentina present the 15th year of the series “Tango Time,” a celebration of the music of tango with several guest musicians and dancers. The performance is at 7 p.m. at Jones Hall on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. […]

Music

Tali Morgulis and Sonja Bruzauskas Do Cabaret

Posted on · This Sunday, February 9th, at the Moores Opera House on the UH campus, Moores School faculty pianist Tali Morgulis and guest mezzo-soprano Sonja Bruzauskas give a recital of 20th-century cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Benjamin Britten, Kurt Weill, William Bolcom and John Kander.  They give St.John Flynn a preview in the Geary Performance Studio.  

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Houston Music Highlight: Context

Posted on · In this Houston Music Highlight, pianist Brian Connelly, Artistic Director of Context, performs Fritz Kreisler's "Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow)," arranged by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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After School Program Teaches Houston Youth to Make and Build

Posted on · We learn about Workshop Houston, an after-school program that gives middle and high school kids creative, technical and educational resources. The kids work on all kinds of projects, including: recording their own music, making music videos, building their own bikes, painting and making sculptures.