Musiqa Announces 2014-15 Performance Season
Musiqa has announced its 2014-15 season, one which continues to explore new music and exciting partnerships with sister organizations in Houston's arts community. As in previous seasons, Musiqa will present top-quality chamber music at a variety of venues, as well as continue to foster young creative talent and present special programs for young audiences.
Musiqa's major concert series returns once again to Market Square Park following last season's outside-the-box success. The November 8 program features music for saxophone and percussion ensembles by some of today's most exciting composers, including Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Steve Mackey, and Rob Patterson.
On January 10, Musiqa heads to Zilkha Hall for two world premieres. In association with Houston Cinema Arts Society, Karim Al-Zand composes a score for the recently restored 1922 silent film Cinderella. The second half of the concert features Anthony Brandt brings us Ulysses, Home, a chamber opera for soprano, baritone, and string quartet, with a libretto by Neena Beber. Brandt's opera reimagines the mythical Ulysses as a contemporary war veteran struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. The January 10 program will also feature Pierre Jalbert's String Quartet No. 4.
The final concert in the major concert series takes place at Zilkha Hall, and is once again presented in collaboration with NobleMotion Dance Company. The April program reprises Harvest, a collaboration between Pierre Jalbert and Andy Noble, along with a world premiere ballet score by Marcus Maroney and more.
Musiqa continues an especially popular free series as it returns to the Contemporary Art Museum Houston on October 16 for a program featuring emerging Houston composers in collaboration with an exhibition of Houston visual artists. Two other concerts will also take place at the CAMH, in February and May.