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January 2018

Looking Back in Time

January 13, 2018 | 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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March 2018

The Moving Image

March 3, 2018 | 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, 2018 | 7:30 pm - April 14, 2018 | 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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October 2018

Origin Stories

October 6, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Folk fusions of culture and migration Get Season Passes Get Tickets Even as borders are built and broken, music has the power to connect cultures. “Origin Stories” explores the mingling of cultures in a program featuring the premiere of Anthony Brandt’s “Songs from the Source: Nine African Folk Songs,” for soprano and ensemble. Musiqa travels to Cuba as Tania León retraces her Havana roots in “A la par,” and to the north, in Pierre Jalbert’s “Crossings,” which imagines the cultural and emotional upheaval…

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January 2019

Traces of Blue

January 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm
MATCH Box 2 / Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Color, texture, and motion in music Get Tickets Celebrated abstract painter Robert Motherwell once stated “art is an experience, not an object.” Experience an evening of dynamic works that explore color, texture, and motion in music, featuring the world premiere of a piano trio by Karim Al-Zand’s, commissioned by Musiqa. Gaze into the creative process as celebrated Houston artist Geraldina Interiano Wise paints live in front of the audience in tandem with a musical performance. Works by Gosfield, Hartke, and Loiacono…

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February 2019

Reel Forces

February 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
MATCH Box 2 / Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Reflections of humanity, memory, and conflict Get Season PassesGet Tickets Kick-off Oscars weekend with an evening of experimental film and live music. “Reel Forces” examines the traces of humanity, memory, and conflict with “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. Also on the program are evocative works by Marcus K. Maroney, Florent Ghys and the Texas premiere of “Falling”, the award-winning experimental…

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April 2019

Mass Observation

April 13, 2019 | 7:30 pm
St Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe
Houston, TX 77056 United States
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A collaboration with Houston Chamber Choir Get Tickets Scored for choir and six percussionists, “Mass Observation” by British-American composer Tarik O’Regan, receives its southwest premiere in this Houston Chamber Choir and MUSIQA collaboration. The work takes its title from the British social research organization, Mass-Observation, which aimed to record everyday life in the United Kingdom. It is a poignant meditation on the histories of our varied ambivalent relationships with surveillance in its myriad guises. Rounding out the program are works by…

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