Seminars at the Community Arts Academy - University of Houston
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Seminars for Adults

For life-long learners seeking to nourish their passion and curiosity for the arts through only-at-UH, deep-diving discussion groups, classes, and social learning experiences.

Euphonia! Intersection of Music and Art

Mondays | Sept. 12, 19, 26 6 - 7:30 PM Saturday Oct. 1, 7:30 – 10 PM (4 sessions)


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This interdisciplinary seminar uses visual art concepts to help us hear music more vividly and music listening skills to help us look at art more deeply. The seminar culminates with a Moores School Symphony Orchestra concert, underneath Frank Stella's modern art masterwork EuphoniaJoin us for a feast of the senses!

This seminar includes free tickets to the Moores School Symphony Orchestra's Oct 1. performance of Maurice Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suites and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4 



Monday, September 12 – Music Dissection – Bach, Chopin, gut, hair, wood, sap, felt, and steel   

How does wood, gut, hair, sap, felt, and steel transform into lines, textures, and colors? A conversation and performance demonstratioexploring Johann Sebastian Bach and Chopin preludes.

Monday, September 19 - Inside and Up Close – Frank Stella's Euphonia   

Enter the ecstatic universe of Frank Stella's Moores Opera House installation Euphonia. Like a symphony, this masterwork of painting and collage was created through collaboration among many artists, bringing forth a spectacular treat for the sensesThis session will include special guest, Susana Monteverde, one of the artists who helped create Euphonia.

Monday, September 26 – Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Line, Texture, and Color     

A guided listening and discussion session on Ravel and Tchaikovsky.  View costume designs and landscape paintings in dialogue with music recordings. Discover a how sound becomes cinematic.

Saturday, October 1 , 7:30 PM    

Moores School Symphony Orchestra's performance of Maurice Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suites and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4. (Concert tickets included with seminar tuition)   

Enjoy an exclusive post-concert gathering and discussion session with special guest performers and scholars from the Moores School of Music.   

Time: Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm; Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30-10:00 pm

Place: University of Houston, Main Campus, Moores School of Music

Parking: $10 (for more information, click here)

Backstage Pass

Tuesdays, August 23 – October 11; 6 - 7:30 PM (8 sessions)


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This exclusive course takes you into unseen corners of the McGovern College of the Arts: backstage to the costume shop and theatrical lighting lab; up into the ecstatic universe of Frank Stella's Moores Opera House mural, Euphonia; inside a priceless piano; out onto the football field with the marching band drill designer; plus, other fascinating, fun places behind the curtain.


Week 1 -  August 23 

Week 2 – September 6 

Week 3  - September 13 

Week 4 – September 20 

Week 5 – September 27 

Week 6 – October 4 

Week 7 – October 11 

Week 8 – October 18 

Tennessee Williams Table Read

Mondays, October 17, 24, & November 7, 14; 6 - 7:30 PM (4 sessions)


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A reading group, where one of Williams’ most trusted producing partners is our guide. The papers of Cheryl Crawford (1902-1986), pioneering woman Broadway producer, are deposited in the UH Library. Unseen letters, script notes, and production documents will enhance an exploration of several of Williams’ most loved and daring plays.



Week 1 – October 17 

Week 2 – October 24

Week 3 – November 7

Week 4 – November 14