KINETIC, the conductorless chamber orchestra, premieres a new work by Karim Al-Zand, “Luctus Profugis,” at its October 16th concert “Illuminations” at MATCH. “Luctus Profugis”, which translates to “Grief for the Displaced,” is a rumination on the recent European migrant crisis. “It’s an elegy for those who have suffered and perished, and a hope for a safe future for those who have gained asylum,” stated Al-Zand. The concert also includes works by Arnold Schoenberg and Benjamin Britten.

Formed in 2015, KINETIC has quickly made strides in Houston while attracting new audiences to the highest caliber of live music making. KINETIC enriches Houston’s cultural landscape by providing live performances, distinct programming, and interactive learning experiences. With a strong emphasis on chamber music-making, its flexibility in size allows the ensemble to explore the unique sound worlds of strings: from the intimacy of the quartet to the full force of an orchestra.

The emerging ensemble already boasts an impressive and versatile repertoire, including chamber and larger orchestra works by Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Bloch and Grażyna Bacewicz as well as world premieres by rising American composers Daniel Knaggs and Thomas Dougherty. Their carefully curated programs give a platform to under-represented works in the classical repertoire.

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