Major Concert Series

New Music New Works

Music From Near and Far III

Saturday, April 9, 2016  |  7:30pm

Meet the Composers  |  6:45pm
KUHF's St.John Flynn interviews Rob Smith and Marcus K. Maroney

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Zilkha Hall 
800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002
Tickets: $26.75 - $47.75

Musiqa offers two world premieres: Marcus Maroney’s Earth Music, a collaboration with Fotofest, and Rob Smith’s Angenieta for string quartet and bass. Also on the program are Timo Andres’ I Found It by the Sea, Hannah Lash’s Around, Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts’ And the Legions Will Rise and Solo: Finalea short film by Ingo Putze, curated by Houston Cinema Arts Society. Don't miss this evening of exhilarating new works.

Presented as part of the Hobby Center’s Uniquely Houston series.


About the Program

Marcus Maroney's new work Earth Music is inspired by a series of photographs by the celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky which explore the impact of humankind on nature, from strip mines to oil exploration to burgeoning industries in locations such as China.
Rob Smith's Angenieta is a celebration of its namesake, Maria Angenieta von Lohuizen-Meijer, who died in 2013. Commissioned by her son, Jan, the work pays tribute to the late world-traveler by carefully incorporating (and altering) one of her favorite works, "Bist du bei mir," attributed to J.S. Bach.
The program includes three further works by American composers: And Legions Will Rise, a work for clarinet, violin and percussion by Kevin Puts, whose opera Silent Night won the Pulitzer Prize; Around, a piano trio by composer and harpist Hannah Lash; and the piano quartet I Found It by the Sea by Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres, whose music has been noted for its deft interweaving of classical and popular idioms.    

On the Program:

Timo Andres: I Found It by the Sea for violin, viola, cello and piano

Hannah Lash: Around for violin, cello and piano

Marcus Maroney: Earth Songs for clarinet, piano, percussion and bass (based on photos by Edward Burtynsky, in collaboration with FotoFest)

Kevin Puts: And Legions Will Rise for clarinet, violin and percussion

Rob Smith: Angenieta for string quartet and double bass (World Premiere)


Richard Hawley, clarinet
Tali Morgulis, piano
Blake Wilkins, percussion
Axiom String Quartet
Caleb Quillen, bass


Mark Your Calendars for the Market Square Performance of Michael Gordon's TIMBER

June 3, 2016

Market Square Park 
301 Milam, Houston, Texas 77002

Join us for a free performance of Michael Gordon's Timber, a new work scored for six wooden 2x4s. Cut into different sizes, each one has a slightly different pitch. Called a "simantra," this percussion instrument was first devised by composer Iannis Xenakis. The instrumentation allows the composer and the artists to create the impression that the sound is traveling around by subtly shifting the accent of sound from one player to another. The result is a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level. 

Timber had its world premiere on June 16, 2011 at Korzo Theatre in Den Haag, The Netherlands, with the Dutch percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag performing. 

Information taken from Michael Gordon's music arts organization  Bang On A Can