Join us for free informal LOFT concert presented in conjunction with the CAMH’s current exhibit, “Right Here, Right Now: Volume 2.” Since the exhibit features three women who are Houston-based painters, Musiqa has created a program with similar parameters: works by four female composers who have studied in Houston.
The program begins with Two Movements for string quartet by Hilary Purrington, who received a degree in composition from Rice University before pursuing studies at Juilliard and a DMA at Yale University. While in Texas, her works were performed by such organizations as HGOco, Houston Grand Opera’s initiative in community collaboration, and Dallas-based Voices of Change.
The next work is Angelique Poteat’s Water Pastel, a work for violin and viola. Poteat, who studied with Musiqa composers Anthony Brandt and Pierre Jalbert, is originally from the Pacific Northwest, and writes music that has been described as “nicely crafted…[with] convincing expressive power” (American Record Guide). Water Pastel is a new work, from 2016.
Also featured on the program is Shadow Lines by Gity Razaz. Razaz, composer in residence at the New York venue National Sawdust, is recipient of the Jerome Foundation Award. Shadow Lines was written for cellist Jeffrey Ziegler (former member of the Kronos Quartet), who included the work on his debut album Something of Life.
The program concludes with Alexandra Bryant’s Lady Isabelle Was That Kind of Woman for string quartet. Bryant, who studied with Musiqa composer Pierre Jalbert at Rice University, has been commissioned by such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet and the Aeolus Quartet. Lady Isabelle was inspired by a folk song from the Appalachian Mountains.
|Hilary Purrington||Two Movements for string quartet|
|Angelique Poteat||Water Pastel|
|Gity Razaz||Shadow Lines|
|Alexandra Bryant||Lady Isabelle Was That Kind of Woman|
Dian Zhang, violin
Ling Ling Huang, violin
Jebat Kee, viola
Max Geissler, cello
Chapman Welch, electronics