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The Arts & Happenings May 2017

Chris De’Sean Lee, Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith and Miguel Cervantes in the Chicago Company of Hamilton.


BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced its line-up of shows for the new 2017-2018 season. Hamilton will play its Houston engagement April 24-May 20, 2018, and anchor the BBVA Compass Broadway Season with five other shows, all of which will be Houston premieres. Along with one special option, the new season of seven productions represents a range of Tony Award® winners and song-and-dance favorites for Houston audiences to enjoy.

The season begins on Halloween night with a week of Escape To Margaritaville, (October 31-November 5, 2017) a brand-new, pre-Broadway production and ode to Jimmy Buffett’s laid back lifestyle and timeless tunes, as well as brand new songs by Buffett. Next, the award-winning story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, On Your Feet!, will be presented November 21-26, 2017.

Beginning the new year in 2018 (January 9-14) is the revival of The Color Purple whose re-imaged staging and stellar vocal performances won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hilarious School Of Rock lands at the Hobby Center from January 30-February 4, 2018, complete with an all-kid rock band.

Then Hamilton arrives for a four-week run April 24-May 20, 2018. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blanken­buehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washing­ton’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The musical’s score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway.

“We are so thrilled to be bringing Hamilton to Houston,” said Fran Macferran, President of the Hobby Center Foundation. “The theater scene is on fire these days with so many incredible stories and performances to present. We are delighted to bring the best in live entertainment to our enthusiastic and supportive Houston audiences.”

Fans of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will delight in the “beautiful and haunting” presentation of its sequel Love Never Dies from July 17-22, 2018. The solo season option pays tribute to the remarkable international Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance which celebrates its 20th anniversary with a brand-new tour, coming to Houston from March 9-11, 2018.

On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced throughout the year. To guarantee tickets for Hamilton, season tickets for the 2017-2018 series are on sale now at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, or by calling 800-952-6560 or visiting the Hobby Center box office, 800 Bagby Street.



The worldwide phenomenon, Little Shop of Horrors, gets a brand new production at Houston’s newest arts venue, EaDo Playhouse, April 28-May 14. Including famous songs like Suddenly Seymour, Dentist!, Somewhere That’s Green and Feed Me, this brand new envisioning of the beloved musical spoof features a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken.

Little Shop of Horrors is based on Roger Corman’s 1960 B-movie of the same name and began its life in 1982, eventually transferring to Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theater, where it enjoyed a five year run. Since, the musical has been adapted into an infamous film starring Ellen Greene, Rick Moranis and Steve Martin, an animated series, made a splashy Broadway debut in 2003 and has been performed by thousands of theatre companies, worldwide. Now a household name, Little Shop of Horrors returns to Houston in a fresh new production.

“You better watch your back and beware!” The Greek chorus of street urchins, Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon, warn the audience as we descend into the murky depths of Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists. Once inside, we meet down-and-out floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, his boss and the shop’s namesake, Mr. Mushnik, and the beautiful, yet painfully ditzy floral designer, Audrey. Seymour reveals his newest botanical discovery; an unidentifiable plant that he picked up in the Wholesale Flower District during a total solar eclipse. The plant appears to be some sort of a fly trap, but little does Seymour know the dark secrets it hides within its tendrils.

Little Shop of Horrors devours EaDo Playhouse with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at EaDoPlayhouse.com and by calling the box office at 832-210-5200. Ample street parking surrounding 2619 McKinney Street is free.



Houston Grand Opera presents Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), the final installment of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, featuring a new generation of leading Wagnerians including Simon O’Neill as Siegfried and Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, starting April 22. Mozart’s zany yet deeply emotive comedy, The Abduction from the Seraglio, featuring Russian coloratura soprano and HGO Studio alumna Albina Shagimuratova as Konstanze and leading American tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Belmonte in HGO’s inventive 2002 co-production, will close the company’s mainstage season, beginning April 28.

HGO’s four-year mounting of Wagner’s epic cycle reaches its thunderous climax this season with Götterdämmerung in the dazzling La Fura dels Baus staging, directed by Carlus Padrissa. The heroic Siegfried gives Brünnhilde the ring as a token of their love, but they unexpectedly face challenges beyond their control. In the definitive act of self-sacrifice, Brünnhilde returns the universe to its natural order. The Rhine overflows, Valhalla burns, and the kingdom of the gods is destroyed.

HGO brings back Mozart’s comic singspiel The Abduction from the Seraglio in the widely admired staging by James Robinson that the company premiered in 2002 and last presented in 2008. A damsel in distress and her maidservant are captured by Turkish pirates and await their fate in the harem of the Pasha Selim. Her fiancé and his valet set out to rescue their beloveds as the colorful comedy unfolds. The updating of the Middle Eastern–flavored action from Istanbul to the decadent railcars of the 1920s Orient Express was deemed by Opera News “inventive…a dramatic refocusing that puts Mozart’s wonderfully emotive arias into high relief…also looked wonderful, in Allen Moyer’s cleverly designed sets.”

To mark the close of HGO’s historic first Ring cycle, the company will present Scott Warrender and Jim Luigs’s Das Barbecü on April 23 and 30. A fast-paced comedic retelling of the Ring epic set in Wild West Texas, the production will be performed in two iconic Houston locales, Jackson Street BBQ and Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon. For the full list of events for the rest of the HGO season, visit HGO.org.


Ginger gets to know Steve (Bob Maddox and Crys Hymel).


Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest, presents Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz through April 29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. This production is directed by Mimi Holloway.

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage — with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life… and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun. This is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

Tickets are $18 or $16 for seniors. For reservations or more information, visit theatresouthwest.org, email tickets@theatresouthwest.org or call 713-661-9509.



The 36th Annual Houston Humane Society K-9 Fun Run & Walk will take place Saturday, April 29th at Lynn Eusan Park, 4800 Calhoun, on the campus of the University of Houston. The event will feature a scenic run/walk through the beautiful UH campus, a doggy costume contest, an HHS alumni parade, interactive activities, fantastic vendors and more. All proceeds raised go directly to the Houston Humane Society (HHS).

This year the family event is themed “Remembering Radar” to pay tribute to KPRC’s weather dog, Radar, who was adopted from the Houston Humane Society. Check-in opens at 8 a.m., the competitive race begins at 10 a.m., and family activities continue until noon.

All four-legged family members, and their two-legged human companions, can sign up for a one-mile competitive run, one-mile non-competitive jog, or a one-mile non-competitive walk. Participate as an individual or create a team; a fun way for friends and organizations to rally together for a great cause. Supporters can also help raise awareness by inviting friends and family to pledge, even if they can’t make the event. Simply visit events.houstonhumane.org to make a pledge, register to participate, or get more information.

Registration before the day of the event is $30 and $40 on race day. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, visit the website.

For more than 50 years, Houston Humane Society has worked tirelessly to end cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals, while providing the highest quality of life to those in its care.



Villalobos Brothers, one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles, celebrates Cinco de Mayo at Miller with the richness of Mexican folk music and the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.


Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances. That’s over 95 years of memories.

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight-month season of professional, artistically excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest “always free” program of its kind in the country, and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season.

From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value. For a full schedule and more information, go to milleroutdoortheatre.com.


(Photo – Dan Cook)


Inspiration abounds at a dozen private water gardens and koi ponds open to the public on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday May 7 for the annual Houston Pond Tour. Showcased are everything from serene garden pools to patio-sized “disappearing” fountains, to huge multi-pond landscapes, complete with tumbling waterfalls, lush landscaping, dancing dragonflies, blooming water lilies, graceful goldfish, show quality koi, and everything imaginable in between. Photographs are encouraged.

All private residential landscapes, many of these ponds and water gardens were professionally installed, while others were designed and built by the homeowners themselves. The pond owners will be on hand to talk with visitors about water gardening, landscaping, pond construction, water quality and filtration, fish health, koi competitions, and more. Sponsored by the Houston Pond Society and the Lone Star Koi Club, this self-guided tour spans two days and is spread over the greater Houston area, with half the ponds open only on Saturday and half open only on Sunday. Visit houstonpondsociety.org or lonestarkoi.com to find the home nearest to you and plan your route.



The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas will bring the excitement of the Kentucky Derby to Houston for the sixth Annual Southern Comfort Kentucky Derby Party Saturday, May 6 from 1-5 p.m. at the Sam Houston Race Park 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West.

The Derby Party is a day filled with food, fashion and fun. Belles and beaus are invited to dress in their snappiest derby attire to complete for the title of “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat.” Complete with live racing and the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby, the liveliest two minutes in sports, the Lyle Foundation’s annual fundraiser helps further its mission of sending students to college.

Individual and table seating can be purchased at ehlfoundationoftexas.ejoinme.org/Derby2017 or by calling 832-545-8403.

The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation is a charitable, tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting empowerment of people, access to education, and to enhancing the lives of youth through scholarship. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit ehlfoundationoftexas.org.



On Tuesday, May 16, at the 12th annual An Evening with a Legend event benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center, guests will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an incredible evening with the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps. With 28 medals—23 of which are gold—Phelps has taken the swimming world by storm for nearly two decades and has created a legacy that may never be replicated in history. The evening will include an intimate conversation with Phelps about his journey to become a gold medal legend and what is in store for the next phase of his life. Carmen & Butch Mach and Kelli & John Weinzierl will serve as Honorary Chairmen for the event.

The event will take place at the Hilton Americas – Houston, 1600 Lamar St. with a cocktail reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.

Tables start at $5,000. For more information or to purchase, visit texaschildrens.org/legends or contact Jessica Varon Fleischer at 832-824-6914 or jxvaron@texaschildrens.org.



The next big thing has arrived at Space Center Houston. The spectacular new Mission Mars exhibit showcases an immersive experience about the red planet and offers an opportunity to peer inside an Orion spacecraft research model, stand close to a giant model rocket and walk on a virtual Mars environment. The multi-million-dollar interactive exhibit, designed with input from NASA experts, opens as the nonprofit also kicks off its 25th anniversary year.

Space Center Houston worked closely with NASA in the development of Mission Mars. A stunning 4K technology video shows a virtual Mars landscape with rovers exploring the planet, a future rocket launching from Earth and heading for Mars and future astronauts landing. The exhibit puts visitors in the astronaut’s seat of an Orion simulator and allows them to record their own historic messages as they take their first steps on Mars. A collection of three rare Mars meteorites is on display inside the exhibit for a limited time, plus there is a special Mars rock visitors can touch. There are only 60,000 known meteorites on Earth, fewer than 150 are from Mars and most of those are held in private collections.

The future-looking exhibit takes visitors to a Mars landscape and features a look at how Mars and Martians have been illustrated in pop culture; the wealth of potential scientific discoveries to uncover on Mars; the innovation needed to build the most advanced spacecraft; and what returning to earth from deep space involves. Understanding the evolution and formation of Mars is the first step of the journey in the new exhibit. The physical terrain is explored through virtual landscapes provided from an orbiting satellite and surface rovers. The experience allows visitors to leave their footprints on three different types of Mars surfaces, study Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, and seek evidence of water and water erosion as keys to finding evidence of possible life on Mars. For more information and tickets, visit spacecenter.org.


Alicia Dietz, “Fallen Soldiers,” 2015. Basswood, sapele, cypress, poplar, kevlar, fabric, ink. 24 x 26 x 62 inches.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool, a program-driven exhibition led by three artist-veterans working in fiber, wood, and clay. The artists use craft as part of their own healing, and, through their artistic practices, continue to serve their country by promoting peace and giving a voice to veterans. Through both the works on view in the galleries and a series of craft-based programs, United by Hand pays tribute to U.S. veterans and aims to create neutral ground, raising critical awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States.

Second-generation papermaker Drew Cameron draws on a history of making paper from clothing that dates back to the middle 8th century. Cameron served in the U.S. Army, right after high school, from 2000 to 2006. He was deeply affected by the time that he spent in Iraq in 2003 as a field artillery soldier and found catharsis through papermaking.

Stationed around the world, Alicia Dietz served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as an officer and Blackhawk maintenance test pilot in the Iraq War. During her military career, she had the opportunity to meet a variety of people and felt compelled to share their stories. With a background in journalism, Dietz views her woodworking and furniture design practice as a conduit for these individuals.

For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.


Lessons taught in camp echo efforts in the Foundation’s Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education.


Recipe for Success has expanded its 2017 summer camp schedule to include hands-on farming and a Girl Scout Journey hosted at its new urban farm in Sunnyside. The foundation’s five-day camps, designed for ages eight to twelve, now offer multiple cooking, gardening and farming program themes, including:

  • NEW Hope Farm Camp – A hands-on gardening experience at the Foundation’s 7-acre farm conveniently located four miles from the South Loop. Scheduled June 5-9, session runs 8-11 a.m. for children age eight- twelve and are limited to 12 campers per session. Cost: $195 per child; includes snacks, all camp supplies and materials.
  • NEW Sow What? – Celebrate food, the planet and sisterhood on this Girl Scout Journey for five mornings at Hope Farms. scheduled June 5-9, session runs 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Cost is $165 per Girls Scout and must be reserved through the San Jacinto Council of Girl Scouts.

The following RecipeHouse Sessions run 9 a.m. -3 p.m. for children age 8-12 and are limited to 12 campers per session. Cost: $395 per child; includes certified Seed-to-Plate Chef Instruction, lunch and snacks, all camp supplies and materials, and a Recipe for Success apron:

  • Marco Polo – Discovering food and culture from Marco Polo’s journey. Camp teaches participants how to craft healthy and delicious recipes from Asia, the Middle East and Europe. June 12-16; June 19-23; and June 26-30;
  • EatThis! – Campers learn how food products are developed and marketed to the American consumer. July 10-14; July 17-21; and July 24-28;
  • Super Foods – Super heroes and super foods collide as campers learn about growing and consuming nutrient dense foods, and create their own graphic novel to illustrate their adventures. July 31-Aug. 4;and Aug. 7-11.

Summer camps will take place at RecipeHouse at 4400 Yupon Street or Hope Farms at 10401 Scott Street. For more information or to register, visit recipe4success.org.


Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara, Woman’s Robe (Munisak), late 19th century, silk and cotton, the Textile Museum, the Megalli Collection, Washington, D.C.


The Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats, at the Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street, through June 4. The exhibit showcases nearly 50 ikat robes and panels from the renowned Murad Megalli Collection of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

These bold garments were mainstays of cosmopolitan oasis culture in the 19th century, worn by inhabitants of different classes and religions throughout crowded marketplaces, private homes, centers of worship, and ceremonial places. The ikat textiles on display — including robes for men and women, dresses, trousers, and hangings — feature eye-catching designs in dazzling colors.

Supplementing the ikats (pronounced “ee-kahts”) are historical photographs and didactic materials about the tradition of their creation. The textiles were originally produced in the 1800s in weaving centers across Uzbekistan, including Bukhara, Samarkand, and the Fergana Valley.

Additionally, special installations of ikat textiles from India, Japan, and Central Asia — on view in the Museum’s permanent galleries in the Law Building — demonstrate ikat traditions from around the globe.

For more information, visit mfah.org.


Jurassic Park—Film With Live Orchestra is on June 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets for the Houston Symphony 2017-18 Bank of America Summer Series at Jones Hall, are now on sale. This year’s series melds together symphonic music with an action-packed movie, video games and the score of an iconic artist.

The Summer Series begins June 15 and 16, with the high-definition screening of Jurassic Park, one of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made. Audiences will experience the ground-breaking film as never before. Jurassic Park—Film with Live Orchestra features the full orchestra performing John Williams’ magnificent musical score live in sync with the film.

The immersive video game concert experience Video Games Live returns to the Houston Symphony July 14. This explosive entertainment experience brings popular video games such as Final Fantasy, Zelda, Skyrim, Donkey Kong Country, Warcraft, Shadow of the Colossus, Pokémon, and Mario to life with live music, solo performers, and exclusive video footage on three giant screens with synchronized lighting and live action. Ticket holders interested in special backstage access to the most popular video game concert in the world may purchase a VIP Experience Package which includes a pre-concert tour, a meet and greet with Video Games Live creator and game music superstar Tommy Tallarico, and more.

On July 15 The Music of Prince will celebrate the influential and multi-faceted artist’s most unprecedented body of work that spans decades.

All concerts will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Patron Services Center in Jones Hall Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs and artists are subject to change.



Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced its annual summer show performance series at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

First up, TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) will present Once On This Island with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, playing June 7-10. Different from previous years, HSMT will be presenting the full-length production for all morning and evening performances. Once On This Island is a celebrated tale of love, hope, life and death. This musical, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, follows the life of Ti Moune as she goes on her quest to prove that love is stronger than death. The show is based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.

TUTS will present Pippin, with book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, from July 11-16. Pippin, a circus-inspired production, features a troupe of acrobatic performers led by a very charismatic Leading Player. The performers’ main purpose is to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who is longing to find adventure and passion in all areas of his life.

Free tickets for the covered seats are available on the day of the performance from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Miller Theatre Box Office. Free tickets are limited to four per person (over the age of 16).

Visit tuts.com/miller or call 713-558-2651 for more information. Ticketholders are asked to arrive early as any unfilled seats will be released to the general public 15 minutes before curtain.



Houston Grand Opera’s (HGO) community collaboration and education initiative, HGOco, is now accepting registrations for the company’s three summer opera camps, open to students entering grades 3-12. The camps offer students a creative environment to invent, perform, and develop their skills while enhancing their vocal and dramatic talents. HGO has operated the camps for more than 20 years. The opera camps are staffed by professional choir directors, composers, directors, and pianists assisted by a corps of volunteers.

Each camp culminates in a performance for friends and family on the last day of the session. For the Art of Opera camp, the performance takes place at the Heinen Theatre on the Houston Community College central campus, complete with costumes, props, and lighting. Three camps will be offered, each serving different age groups:

OPERA EXPERIENCE – Campers develop healthy singing technique and hone their music theory skills. The camp culminates in a performance showcasing group and solo repertoire. Offered for students entering grades 4–9 in fall 2017. Week One, June 5–9: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Week Two, June 19–23: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Cost is $250 per student.

CREATE AN OPERA – Campers collaborate to write, design, build, and perform a one-of-a-kind musical masterpiece based on a children’s story. This camp is perfect for singers and non-singers alike. Offered for students entering grades 3–6 in fall 2017. June 12–16: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Cost is $250 per student.

ART OF OPERA – Campers enhance their vocal and dramatic skills by rehearsing and performing a fully staged opera or musical production. This exciting camp fills quickly; register early to guarantee participation. Offered for students entering grades 7–12 in fall 2017. This camp requires a recommendation from a choir director or voice teacher. June 12–23: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost is $450 per student.

To register, visit houstongrandopera.org/community-programs/children. Spots are offered on a first come, first served basis. After-camp child care, consisting of fun musical and theater activities until 5:30 p.m., is offered for an additional $45/week. Scholarships are available to eligible students. For more information, contact Kathleen Staten at kstaten@hgo.org.


The exhibit features awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breath-taking wild landscapes, which reveal the richness and diversity of life on our planet.


Now in its 52nd year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the international leader of innovative visual representation in the natural world. This prestigious competition and resulting exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science stimulates engagement with the diversity and beauty of the natural world.

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, this special exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breath-taking wild landscapes, which reveal the richness and diversity of life on our planet. Judged by a panel of industry-recognized professionals, the images are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.

Jan English, Head of Touring Exhibitions at the Natural History Museum, says “Wildlife Photographer of the Year celebrates the very best nature photography, and it is consistently one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions every year. These images tell thought-provoking stories about our planet that prompt us all to think differently about the natural world and the future we want to create.”

Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be on exhibit through June 4. For tickets or more information, visit hmns.org or call 713-639-4629.



The Houston Symphony and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada have announced details of the 2017-18 season, which marks Orozco-Estrada’s fourth year as music director. Highlights of the season include the appointment of Peruvian-born composer Jimmy López as the Houston Symphony’s new Composer-in-Residence and the introduction of Ars Electronica Futurelab’s musical visualization of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, an immersive concert experience directed by acclaimed choreographer Klaus Obermaier. The season also features the continuation of the Rachmaninoff piano concerto cycle with world-class pianist Denis Kozhukhin.

In the new season, Orozco-Estrada continues his tradition of exploring timeless orchestral masterpieces by major composers Gustav Mahler, Charles Ives and Dmitri Shostakovich as well as presenting an extraordinary roster of established and rising guest artists. Orozco-Estrada’s partnership with Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López kicks off with a newly commissioned Violin Concerto. Leading American composer John Corigliano is highlighted with a performance of Conjurer for Percussionist, Strings and Brass, to be performed by Scottish percussion virtuoso Colin Currie.

The Symphony will introduce a bold, multisensory stereoscopic dance and music project, never seen in an American concert hall, with Rite of Spring. Orozco-Estrada is teaming up with acclaimed artistic director and choreographer Klaus Obermaier and Ars Electronica Futurelab to transfer dancer Yuka Oishi into a virtual three-dimensional space through the use of state-of-the-art stereo cameras and a complex computer system.

Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio is a featured soloist this season, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, often said to be the most perfect composition Mozart ever wrote and one of the greatest of the clarinet repertoire. This will be the first time Houston audiences will hear Nuccio as a concerto soloist since his appointment as Principal Clarinet of the Houston Symphony at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.

For a full schedule or tickets, including the Classical, POPS, Family and Sugar Land series, visit houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Edward Eberle, “Cylinder 1121,” 2016. Paper. 42½ x 21½ x 21½ inches.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, will present the first career retrospective of work by Pittsburgh-based ceramic artist, Edward Eberle (b. 1944, Tarentum, PA) from June 16 – Sept. 2 in the Main Gallery.

Over the past three decades, Eberle has explored and tested the limits of porcelain, with his prolific body of work ranging from classically inspired vessels to altered and deconstructed sculptures. The retrospective brings works from the mid-1980s to the present into dialogue, allowing visitors to discover the timeless and intriguing work of a true master. Comprised of over 40 works, the show highlights the evolution of Eberle’s exquisite forms and fragmented dreamlike imagery by featuring both his trademark porcelain work, as well as a series of works on paper.

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