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November 2017

LOFT Concert: Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped

November 9, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Annabeth Rosen

Musiqa presents a free concert inspired by the exhibition Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped in the Brown Foundation Gallery. This LOFT concert features the following personnel: Brandon Bell, percussion; Amanda Galick, flute; Craig Hauschildt, percussion; Luke Hubley, percussion; and Timothy Roy, sound design. On the Program: George Crumb: "An Idyll for the Misbegotten" for amplified flute and electronics Mary-Ellen Childs: "Three" for three percussionists Joel Love: "In the Gloaming" for glockenspiel and percussion Frederic Rzewski: "To the Earth" for solo percussionist…

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January 2018

Looking Back in Time

January 13 | 7:30 pm
MATCH Box 4 / Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Travel back time and to other worlds in this program featuring works by Musiqa composers for chamber orchestra. Journey to the dawn of man with Maternity, an oratorio by Musiqa Artistic Director Anthony Brandt with libretto by frequent collaborator David Eagleman; to the banks of the Sea of Galilee in Pierre Jalbert’s Transcendental Windows inspired by Tiffany stained glass; and the fanciful, otherworldly, Visions from Another World by Karim Al-Zand. The concert features a soprano Karol Bennett, new music ensemble Loop38, guest conductor Jerry Hou and a reading by Dr. Eagleman, bestselling author of “Sum” and “Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.”

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February 2018

Christopher Knowles: In a Word

February 8 | 6:30 pm
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Join Musiqa for free informal LOFT concert presented in conjunction with the CAMH’s current exhibit, “Christopher Knowles: In a Word." Christopher Knowles is regarded as a poet and painter, yet his output is broader than this suggests. The work records and reorders the everyday materials around us using incantatory rhythms and repetition. Typings of language permutations, reimagined song lyrics, interlocking blocks of raw color commonly depict family and close friends. Sculptures are precise and direct in construction: polka-dotted cones, brilliantly hued paper…

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Minimal/Lyrical: Modern String Quartets

February 16 | 7:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Houston, 10840 Beinhorn Road
Houston, TX 77024 United States
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Minimal/Lyrical

Join Musiqa for an evening of dynamic, modern string quartets including Nico Muhly’s “Diacritical Marks,” a work of small gestures with references to Philip Glass and Björk, at times energetic and driving and at times rhapsodic and lyrical; String Quartet No. 2 by Michael Nyman, a set of driving, rhythmic miniatures inspired by South Indian dance.

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March 2018

The Moving Image

March 3 | 7:30 pm
MATCH Box 4 / Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Michel van der Aa

Experience modern cinema and music like never before. The program features cutting-edge films with live music including Anna Clyne’s Steelworks, a sonic tour de force that is edgy, individual and compelling inspired by visual artist Luke DuBois’ reimagining of the 1936 industrial film Steel: A Symphony of Industry. The evening also features Michael Gandolfi’s serene and jazzy meditation the history of the world in seven acts, a multimedia collaboration featuring the dancing animations of Jonathan Bachrach, plus short films with scores by Reena Esmail and Grawemeyer award-winning composer Michel van der Aa.

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April 2018

Playing Havoc

April 13 | 7:30 pm - April 14 | 7:30 pm
MATCH Box 4 / Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Kate Soper

Presenting the Houston premiere of Voices from the Killing Jar by Pulitzer Prize finalist, composer-performer Kate Soper April 13: Get TicketsApril 14: Get Tickets Musiqa presents the Houston premiere of Voices from the Killing Jar by Pulitzer Prize finalist, composer/performer Kate Soper. Part monodrama, part song-cycle, part opera, Voices from the Killing Jar crosses a volatile musical landscape populated by a series of female protagonists, among them housewives, teenagers, and mothers and daughters; innocents and tragic heroines; and femmes fatales.…

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May 2018

Right Here, Right Now: San Antonio

May 17 | 6:30 pm
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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In conjunction with the exhibition Right Here: Right Now: San Antonio, Musiqa presents a special concert inspired by San Antonio-based artists and composers. The program includes the public premiere of "Scarred Landscape" for viola and cello by 2017-18 Emerging Composer Fellow Theo Chandler and inspired by the work of artist Richard Armendariz; "Time is a Cage" for solo violin by Suzanne Farrin, "Meta4" for string quartet by San Antonio-born Robert X. Rodriguez; and "Respite" for solo violin by Ethan Wickman…

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