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Flor de Lã - New Brazilian Classics

KINETIC and APERIO, Music of the America's team up for a joint season finale celebrating the sounds of Brazil. Beginning with the rarely-performed 'Concerto for Percussion and Strings' by Camargo Guarnieri and Heitor Villa-Lobos’s 'Bachianas No. 9', the program continues with a spotlight on Brazilian-American composer and guest artist, Clarice Assad. The alluring song cycle 'Elementos',…

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The Vanishing Pavilions (Southwest Premiere)

Recognized as a fearless interpreter of large-scale piano works both modern and historical, pianist Jason Hardink returns to Houston for a one-night-only performance of Michael Hersch's transcendental landmark work, The Vanishing Pavilions, for solo piano. Hailed as a "ferocious...world-containing...visionary" masterpiece by the National Review, Pavilions is a transformational and cathartic experience like no other in contemporary music. Spanning…

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Reel Forces

Reel Forces” examines the traces of humanity, memory, and conflict through “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918,” a moving and mesmerizing film of rare WWI archival footage by auteur-director Bill Morrison, and scored for string quartet by Aleksandra Vrebalov. Two experimental films curated by the Houston Cinema Arts Society and musical works by Marcus K. Maroney and Florent…

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Double Happiness & Difficult Bamboo

Balancing youthful exuberance with moments of profound introspection, Double Happiness & Difficult Bamboo portrays a refreshingly current perspective on contemporary chamber music in repertoire that explores popular culture, pre-recorded media, meaningful historical references, and shifting artistic paradigms. Daniel Schnyder's Piano Trio No. 1 revels in layering Latin jazz and urban funk with classical forms. Similarly, composer Mason Bates explores…

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Traces of Blue

Celebrated abstract painter Robert Motherwell once stated “art is an experience, not an object.”  This program is inspired by art, including a world-premiere performance of Karim Al-Zand's piano trio, inspired by the artwork of Robert Motherwell. Gaze into the creative process as celebrated Houston artist Geraldina Interiano Wise creates a live painting in front of…

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Savage Winter - A new Chamber Opera by Douglas J. Cuomo (Southwest Premiere)

A man alone facing crisis, seeking atonement. One singer, three instruments, and electronics inhabit a landscape of lost love, longing and regret. Text freely adapted from Willhelm Müeller’s Winterriese poems by composer Douglas J. Cuomo. Originally Produced by American Opera Projects and Pittsburgh Opera APERIO opens its 13th season with the southwest premiere of Douglas…

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