New Collaboration Announcement and Shout Out: WSQ
This will be my first time doing a full show with String Quartet and Shakuhachi. Also I will be re-premiering my own work, “Inside My Glass Doors.”
📣 NEW SEASON ALERT: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS 📣
After having so much fun collaborating at the end of last season, this year we decided to dive in head first! We're delighted to share the stage with some of Houston's most amazing musicians, and the music we've got planned is even better. Featuring some of the greatest hits of chamber music alongside a TON of new and exciting things for your ears, this season is not to be missed!
We open the season with Kintsugi, featuring master shakuhachi player Shawn Renzoh Head, for an evening of evocative music like nothing you've heard before. All the music on this program is by living composers, and features Houston-area composers Aaron Bielish and Stephen Yip, as well as music by Shawn himself. These shows are coming up quick so mark your calendars now!
After the new year, we come back with a piece that needs no introduction, Schubert's String Quintet in C Major with Sam Houston State University newly-minted Assistant Professor of Cello, Dr. Daniel Saenz. Alongside this iconic piece will be music by Gareth Farr and a Norwegian folk tune arranged by the Danish String Quartet.
Things may be warming up by spring break, but we'll be keeping it chill with Arnold Schoenberg's timeless Verklärte Nacht, a story of the power of love told through an emotionally-charged soundtrack. Prokofiev fans will also be able to look forward to his String Quartet No. 1.
We'll go out with a bang, joining forces with the Carya String Quartet for none other than the Mendelssohn Octet! Written when he was just sixteen years old, this epic piece is some of the most exciting music he ever wrote. The quartets will each strut their stuff first, though, with works by William Bolcom and DBR featured on the first half.
Tickets and more information available at https://www.westheimersq.com/1920