Major Concert Series


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