Major Concert Series


Join Us as Musiqa Begins its New 2015-2016 Season!

MUSIQA presents SOLI Chamber Ensemble 

New Music From Near and Far, Part I

Saturday, October 10, 2015

8 p.m.

Midtown Arts Theater Center Houston - 3400 Main St. 

All Seating $40 



The 2015-16 Season is off to an exciting start at the MATCH on Saturday, October 10. Musiqa's Artistic Board will highlight its commitment to new works en force with Karim Al-Zand's Swimmy, Anthony Brandt's Four Score, Pierre Jalbert's Clarinet Trio and Marcus Maroney'Chamaeleon II.  Musiqa will also present Anna Clyne's Rest these Hands and the Houston premiere of Carl Schimmel's Roadshow for Thora.            
For this exciting concert Musiqa is proud to present the San Antonio based SOLI Chamber Ensemble, a critically-acclaimed group of musicians well-known for their virtuosity and dedication to contemporary music. SOLI has twice been recognized by Chamber Music America/ ASCAP for its Adventurous Programming. 
Special Guest Narrator for the performance will be Houston actor, Seán Patrick Judge, who will narrate Swimmy - a children's story by Leo Lionni, as well as a poem as part of the Anna Clyne piece, Rest these Hands. Houston audiences may recognize Judge from his work with Catastrophic Theater, Main Street Theater, Mildred's Umbrella among others.


Saturday, October 24

8 p.m. 


Michael Gordon’s Timber a work written for six wooden 2x4s

Market Square - 301 Milam 


New Music From Near and Far, Part II

Saturday, January 9, 2016

8 p.m.

All seats $40


Midtown Arts Theater Center Houston - 3400 Main St. 

MUSIQA Ensemble returns to the MATCH in the New Year to perform a program featuring Wet Ink by Donald Crockett, Mood Sequence by David Crumb, Scale 9 by Sean Friar, Raising the Gaze by Peter Lieberson, and Remembrance in Black and White by Dan Welcher.

MUSIQA performs at Zilkha Hall 

Saturday, April 9 
7:30 p.m.
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - 800 Bagby 
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As a part of The Hobby Center for Performing Art’s Uniquely Houston® series, Musiqa will offer two world premieres in April, including Rob Smith’s new work Angenieta for string quartet and double bass and Marcus Maroney’s collaboration with FotoFest, a non-profit photographic arts and education organization. Also on the program are Timo Andres’ I Found It by the Sea, Hannah Lash’s Around and Kevin Puts’ And the Legions Will Rise.






Thank you for your support and well wishes for the success of Tonal Impact with NobleMotion Dance  which took place April 24-25, 2015 at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

A special note of thanks to our artists, musicians, dancers and composers! Musiqa is excited to fulfill its mission by giving voice to new classical works and collaborating with other artistic disciplines to create a unique concert experience. Thank you and see you next season!

The evening featured original compositions by Pierre Jalbert and Marcus Maroney, choreography by Andy and Dionne Noble, a light and technology installation from Jonathan Kinsey and David J Deveau, and performances by some of Houston's best contemporary dancers and musicians. 

The Program

Marcus Maroney: World Premiere of new ballet - Two Shades of Gay - full chamber ensemble with NobleMotion Dance

Pierre Jalbert: Harvest - violin, viola, cello

John Adams: Road Movies, I - violin, piano

Philippe Manoury: Ultima for clarinet, cello and piano.

Maiko Sasaki, clarinet
Benjamin Krause, piano
Ingrid Gerling, violin 
Leah Kovach, viola
Courtenay Vandiver, cello
Evan Hulbert, bass  


Past Season Performances

Step Out of the Box


November 8, 2014

Market Square Park

Downtown Houston

Musiqa returns to Market Sqaure Park for the first show of our major concert series in an evening featuring:

6:30 PM Prelude Concert (Featuring Musiqa's Market Square commissions for brass ensemble - six works by student composers, commissioned by Musiqa as part of last year's "What Time is It?" installation.)

Echoes by Adam Beard

Search by Alex Clouse

Downtown Scherzo by Joshua Zinn

4 Ways and 4 Signals by Joungbum Lee

All Together Now by Daniel Webbon

and Midtown Music by Daniel Knaggs

7:30 PM Concert (Featuring saxophone and percussion quartets)

Dark Full Ride by Julia Wolfe

Perpetual Motion by William Penn

Hymn by Kati Agocs 

It is Time by Steve Mackey 

Tsakapa Chatashu by Charles Halka (World Premiere, Commissioned by Musiqa)

and New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich

Myths & Legends

January 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Zilkha Hall

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring Jerry Hou, conductor; Del Sol String Quartet; Karol Bennett, Soprano; and Liam Bonner, Baritone

Join us for our first performance of 2015, which features two world premieres: the 1922 silent classic "Cinderella," with a new score by Musiqa's Karim Al-Zand; and Musiqa Artistic Director Anthony Brandt's chamber opera Ulysses, Home, with a libretto written by Neena Beber.

The program also features String Quartet No. 4, a major work by Musiqa's Pierre Jalbert. Presented in partnership with Houston Cinema Arts Society. 

Post Blue Village (Houston Premiere) by Elena Kats-Chernin

String Quartet No. 4 by Pierre Jalbert

Cinderella (World Premiere) by Karim Al-Zand; music for Lotte Reinier's film, Aschenputtle (Cinderella, 1922)

Ulysses, Home (World Premiere) by Anthony Brandt; Chamber opera with original Libretto by Neena Beber