'Road Signs' Concert to Complement Billboard Project Nov. 16

Drivers are seeing a new side of Houston, thanks to artist Karyn Olivier's ambitious transformation of 13 city billboards. Instead of advertisements, Houstonians are met with life-size photographs of the existing urban landscape.

While Olivier's "Inbound: Houston" has altered commuters' view of their city, the Moores School of Music (MSM) will add an audio dimension to the to their daily drive.

At 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16, in Moores Opera House, AURA, MSM's contemporary ensemble, will perform "Road Signs".

This concert will premiere two original student-composed works inspired by "Inbound: Houston," accompanied by video projections of the "Inbound: Houston" billboards, which are located along the city's Southwest Freeway.

Following the event, the featured compositions, "Real Fiction" by Joel Love and "Exertion/Distortion" by Paul Wadle, will be available via podcast at www.kuhf.org. Drivers can then listen to them in their automobiles as they view "Inbound: Houston."

"For the artists involved, there is a bit of a challenge in staging this," said Rob Smith, director of AURA, who will conduct Wadle's composition. "It's a good challenge though. We all have to focus on something outside of our creative spectrum, and that's a good thing for ourselves and especially for the audience."

In addition to Love and Wadle's works, AURA will perform "Mozart En Route" by Aaron Jay Kermis, "Talk, Talk, Talk" by Eitan Steinberg, "Night Song" by Peter Schulthorpe, "Hymn to a Great City" by Arvo Pärt and "Toccata" by Peteris Vasks.

Tickets for "Road Signs" are $5 and $10 for UH faculty, staff, alumni, students and seniors. For more details on this event or to learn more about "Inbound: Houston," visit www.mitchellcenterforarts.org.


WHAT: "Road Signs" Concert
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16
WHERE: Moores Opera House at UH - Entrance 16 off of Cullen Boulevard
WHO: UH's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Moores School of Music