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Richard Goode   ·   More Info »
Richard Goode

Works of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Janacek and Chopin. Revered pianist Richard Goode makes music of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s greatest musicians. He makes a rare Houston appearance, opening Da Camera’s Time Future Time Past season with a poetic program of major works by Schubert and Chopin, gems by Haydn and Chopin, and rarely-performed Mozart character pieces.

Blues and the Spanish Tinge: Aaron Diehl, piano   ·   More Info »
Blues and the Spanish Tinge: Aaron Diehl, piano

Works of Ignacio Cervantes, James P. Johnson, George Gershwin, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, William Bolcolm, Fats Waller and Mary Lou Williams. Pianist Aaron Diehl is a sought-after performer, consistently playing with what the New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.”

Russian Renaissance   ·   More Info »
Russian Renaissance

After emerging with the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance has established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles of today. Through stunning performances of everything from tango to folk to jazz, Russian Renaissance is redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments and capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. Recently named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month, Russian Renaissance make their Houston debut.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio   ·   More Info »
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Dr. Lonnie Smith stands tall as the foremost master of the Hammond B-3 organ. At the age of 75, he is a paragon of innovation and experimentation. The 2017 NEA Jazz Master may consider himself old school, but Smith paints new hues on the canvas of tradition, as evidenced on his spirited recent live album All in My Mind. The album is his second for Blue Note since his 2016 return to the legendary label where he made a name for himself in the late 1960s, as a sideman and as a leader with his own soul-jazz classics.

Danish String Quartet   ·   More Info »
Danish String Quartet

Traditional Danish folk songs, Hans Abrahamsen's Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

After their stirring Da Camera debut in 2015, the Danish Quartet returns with traditional Nordic folk music, the dramatic Quartet No. 2 by Denmark’s greatest living composer -- Hans Abrahamsen -- and Beethoven’s sweeping, powerful Quartet in F Major, Op. 59. With their technical and interpretive talents matched by an infectious joy for music-making and “rampaging energy” (The New Yorker), the quartet is in demand worldwide.

Pedrito Martinez Group   ·   More Info »
Pedrito Martinez Group

Cuban-born and New York-based Pedrito Martinez is a master percussionist and an irrepressible bandleader who has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, and has contributed as a percussionist and vocalist to over 50 albums. His Grammy-nominated first album was on the Top Ten lists of NPR and the Boston Globe and the follow-up, Habana Dreams, was the #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Top Jazz Albums for 2016 and was one of the Boston Globe’s picks for best World Music Albums of the year. Pedrito Martinez’s group possesses a rare level of virtuosity, but it never gets in the way of their ability to get a room moving.

Jazzmeia Horn Septet   ·   More Info »
Jazzmeia Horn Septet

Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition, Dallas-born vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself. With an assured maturity and vocal confidence far beyond her years, the young singer arrives with her debut recording on Concord’s Prestige label, A Social Call, an album that reveals a talent ready to take her place alongside the best headlining jazz vocalists of today. A Social Call serves as a clarion call, proudly announcing the arrival of a young, confident musical talent with a bright future ahead of her, blessed with a name that carries its own destiny.

In the Garden of Dreams   ·   More Info »
In the Garden of Dreams

Music of Brahms and Schoenberg
Conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg; Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Projections: Sven Ortel; Lighting: Marcus Doshi; Set and costumes: Marina Draghici

In this immersive Da Camera original production, spectacular dream-like visuals and powerful musical performances transport you to Vienna 1900. Gustav Klimt’s sensual paintings and Max Klinger’s erotic prints are a window into a world of new ideas. More than a concert, In the Garden of Dreams takes you inside an imagined Viennese music room where a solitary pianist playing Brahms’s last works gradually transforms into the symbol-rich garden of Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens.

Chucho Valdés - Jazz Batá   ·   More Info »
Chucho Valdés - Jazz Batá

Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. In 1972, Valdés released his fourth album, a trio recording with bass and batá drums entitled simply, Jazz Batá. Decades later, Chucho Valdés returns to the Jazz Batá sound -- blending jazz with traditional rhythms of the sacred batá -- in a journey to discover new interpretations of classic forms.

Jordi Savall   ·   More Info »
Jordi Savall

Early music titan and visionary performer Jordi Savalll leads Le Concert des Nations in music inspired by the acclaimed 1991 film about gambist/composer Sainte¬-Colombe, which starred Gérard Depardieu as his upstart pupil Marin Marais. The film introduced many listeners to the astoundingly beautiful music of the early French Baroque. Savall and his Le Concert des Nations return to this sublime repertoire in a concert that features poetic music for solo and multiple viols, graceful dances, dramatic character pieces and more.

Elias String Quartet 3/18   ·   More Info »
Elias String Quartet 3/18

Monday, March 18, 2019, 7:30 PM
The Menil Collection

Purcell Fantasias
Britten Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36
Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”

The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary work.

Elias String Quartet 3/19   ·   More Info »
Elias String Quartet 3/19

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:30 PM
The Menil Collection

Traditional Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish New Work
Schumann Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1

The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary work.

Mark Guiliana Quartet   ·   More Info »
Mark Guiliana Quartet

Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument. Now he makes his first Houston appearance.

New York Philharmonic String Quartet   ·   More Info »
New York Philharmonic String Quartet

Works of Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms

Formed in 2017, The New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four principal musicians from the vaunted orchestra. All four members are multiple prize winners, have appeared as concerto soloists with the Philharmonic and orchestras around the world, and have appeared frequently in the Philharmonic’s chamber music series. Da Camera welcomes violinist Frank Huang, concertmaster of the Houston Symphony from 2010 to 20??, back to the bayou city.

The Veil of Orpheus   ·   More Info »
The Veil of Orpheus

Works of Matthias Pintscher, Pierre Henry, Matthew Aucoin, Harrison Birtwistle

A rare showing of Cy Twombly’s monumental painting, The Treatise on the Veil, is the occasion for this unique musical event at the Menil. Da Camera introduces America’s rising star composer Matthew Aucoin to Houston with an intimate preview of his opera, Eurydice, prior to its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 2019-20, and welcomes countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in his Da Camera debut.

Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmosphere   ·   More Info »
Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmosphere

Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas returns to Da Camera with a one-of-a-kind tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, with Gillespie’s repertoire as a starting point for improvisation and exploration. Joining Dave Douglas is a powerhouse group of improvisers and composers, including Monk Competition finalist, trumpeter David Adewumi; pianist Fabian Almazan, and guitarist Matthew Stevens.

Ashberyana: Celebration Poet John Ashbery   ·   More Info »
Ashberyana: Celebration Poet John Ashbery

Works of John Zorn, Joan Tower, Josquin des Prez/Charles Wuorinen, Erik Satie, and Charles Wuorinen and readings from the work of John Ashbery

Da Camera joins forces with renowned American composers and musicians to celebrate John Ashbery’s legacy with works that reflect his playfulness, wit and humor. The greatest American poet of his generation, Ashbery visited Houston for a Da Camera concert during Sarah Rothenberg’s first season as artistic director. Joan Tower’s Holding a Daisy was written for Rothenberg, as was Charles Wuorinen’s Ashberyana, recorded by Da Camera for Naxos.

Mendelssohn and Weinberg   ·   More Info »
Mendelssohn and Weinberg

Mieczyslaw Weinberg 's Piano Quintet and Mendelssohn's Octet

Da Camera’s Time Future Time Past season closes with a performance of two towering works. Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg is best known to Houston audiences for his rediscovered opera The Passenger, which had its American premiere at Houston Grand Opera in 2014. Weinberg’s intensely personal 1944 Piano Quintet is a fascinating wartime work, by turns melancholy, lyrical, manic and hallucinatory. Making their Da Camera debut, the Daedalus Quartet joins Da Camera favorites the Brentano Quartet for Mendelssohn’s sunny Octet, one of the most beloved works in all of chamber music.