“Stars”
by Trevor Weston

November 14 – 29, 2020

This fall Musiqa begins its 2020-2021 season with the world premiere of a new work celebrating the human fascination with the night sky and the universe. Composer Trevor Weston’s “Stars” utilizes stellar seismology research recordings to create a new interpretation of the “music of the spheres.” The text will be drawn from the poem of the same name by Robert Hayden, the first African-American writer to hold the office of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (since renamed U.S. Poet Laureate.) Musiqa will also proudly present the premiere of a new work by poet Donika Kelly.

Saturday viewing window:

5:00-Midnight Central Time

Sunday viewing window:

Noon-Midnight Central Time

Trevor Weston’s music has been called a “gently syncopated marriage of intellect and feeling.” (Detroit Free Press) In 2019 his Juba for Strings won the 2019 Sonori/New Orleans Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition. Musiqa’s performance will feature our renowned resident artist, soprano Karol Bennett, and a stellar ensemble of musicians, including Amanda Galick (flute), Maiko Sasaki (clarinet), Laura Bleakley (piano), Jackson Guillen (violin) and Mayara Velasquez (cello). This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.
In light of social distancing concerns, “Stars” will be filmed by Houston artist James Templeton and presented online, along with a reading by poet Donika Kelly. Kelly’s 2016 collection Bestiary was longlisted for the National Book Award and named one of the New York Times Book Review’s Best Poetry Collections of that year. In addition “Stars” will be accompanied by a range of educational modules exploring Hayden’s poetry in a historical, literary, scientific and religious context. These modules will include contributions from renowned astronomer Gibor Basri, Columbia Professor of Religion Josef Sorett and more. 
“Stars” will be premiere on Saturday, November 14 and be available to view online through Sunday, November 29. Remaining show times are as follows:

The suggested ticket price is $25, but all tickets will be Pay-What-You-Can: patrons are encouraged to support this new work to the best of their ability, but not let finances stand in the way of joining us.