Moores Music in the City - University of Houston
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WHO WE ARE

Moores Music in the City is a series of performances and projects developed by current students, alumni, and faculty of the Moores School of Music and presented in venues across the city of Houston.

WHAT WE DO

Moores​ Music ​in the City takes the music off of the University of Houston campus and into the larger Houston community. We create and perform innovative programs and bring them to audiences where they are, in libraries, museums, and many other venues.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Moores Music in the City represents the vision of the Moores School of Music to lead in arts innovation and prepare tomorrow’s artists to engage audiences in effective, creative, and powerful ways.

Performances

June 21, 2021
2:00pm-5:00pm

Where in Houston: Steinway Gallery Downtown 401 Louisiana (corner of Louisiana and Prairie)

Program: Texas Music Festival Quartet with Olena Blahulyak, piano 

Performers: Olena Blahulyak, piano; Cheng-Wei Hsieh, violin; Thien Truc Nguyen, violin; Rosa Cole Avendano, viola; Bing Wei, cello 

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May 14, 2021
7:00pm-8:00pm

"Traffic Jam"

Where in Houston: Theater District at the Intersection of Smith Street and Walker Street

Program: Taking music literally to the street, the first installment of "Traffic Jam" offers a performance outside in Houston's Theater District.

Performers: Arthur Gilligan and Bensen Kwan, percussionists

 

April 20, 2021

Where in Houston: Warwick Towers

Program: A casual event where residents can comfortably and safely distance, bring their favorite wine, and enjoy the weather. Jazz music presented by the students of The Moores School of Music – with resident Dick Schmitt on the keyboard.

Performers: Noe Marmolejo (trumpet), Cameron Boudousquie (percussion), Reagan Hallick (bass), and Dick Schmitt, Moores Soceity Member (keyboard)

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December 19, 2021

Where in Houston: Trinity United Methodist Church in Houston's Third Ward

Program: Saxopotomus: A musical story hour, featuring holiday music and children's stories told by narrotor and saxophone quartet.  

Performers: Shannon Murray (narrator) with the Kazakou Saxophone Quartet: Ellie Parker, Nick Bissen, Masahito Sugihara, and Evan Whitner

 

May 30, 2020

Where in Houston: Rienzi (1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, 77019)

Program: In Flanders’ Fields: Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor

Performers: Jonathan Scofield (piano), Jingwen Xu (violin), Miranda Hollingsworth (violin), Mitchell Wright (cello), and compositions by J. E. Hernández

A Veterans Day Performance “In Flanders Fields” from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Vimeo.

Maurice Ravel's Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello has been praised as one of the greatest achievements in the development of the piano trio. With its incredible peaks of triumph and profound lows of despair, the trio contains some of Ravel's most heartfelt writing. Composed at the brink of WWI, this work captures the anxieties of the men and women of Europe as they faced apocalyptic atrocities. Ravel would himself enlist in the French Army as a driver where he saw the horrors of the war with his own eyes.

Moores Music in the City presents this masterpiece in a new light by combining it with poetry by John McCrae, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, and Katharine Tynan, film and music created by J. E. Hernández, and the Romance and Pastorale for violin and piano by Ralph Vaughan Williams in an exciting multimedia experience. Audiences will get a glimpse into the lives and experiences of the artists who lived during WWI through poetry and film while enjoying new compositions by J. E. Hernández. This concert connects the old with the new with a generous touch of "Moores" along the way!