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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Life + Arts

Moores shows spring forward

This spring, Moores School of Music offers a medley of recitals, ensembles and orchestras.

The 11th annual Moores Jazz Festival will delight listeners Friday and Saturday. Noe Marmolejo will direct a performance from Houston’s all-star professional jazz orchestra.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the Aura Contemporary Ensemble with the MacAdam-Somer Quartet will tickle your ears with contemporary folk music and a world premiere of Robert Nelson.

Listeners who want to give back to the community can enjoy a night of music and fine dining at the Moores’ Society Annual Dinner Concert on Feb. 28.

Proceeds from this black-tie event will go towards scholarships and the college’s special projects. Tickets start at $300.

Moores will ring in the spring with a display of dynamic choral, vocal and chamber works by Vincent Persichetti, one of the 20th century’s most neglected masters. Glad and Very: The Music of Vincent Persichetti will tease your ears with chamber music for piano and winds March 2.

Enjoy the Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F on March 6.

In collaboration with the Houston Grand Opera, a Britten Folk Song Project will be held on March 12 in the Moores Opera Center, with free admission.

Fans of classical music can kick it old school with the Bach-Vivaldi Festival, as performed by the Choral Artists, the Houston Symphony Chorus and the Houston Symphony. The festival is scheduled to perform March 28.

The American epic turned opera Grapes of Wrath will follow the Joad family down Route 66 as it searches for work in the golden land of California. It will run from April 3-6.

Remembrance, a percussion ensemble, will beat its way on stage April 13, featuring works by Engleman, Xenakis, and Hartke.

The Aura Contemporary Ensemble will perform works by award-winning student composer Hugh Lobel, Tyler Ruberg and others playing April 15.

Muses and The Mythic and Trio Angelico will premiere Musiac by Paul English and display works by famous composers such as Mozart, Debussy and Gluck.

Moores will conclude the semester with Verdi’s Requiem: a Defiant Requiem, a piece inspired by prisoners of the Nazis’ concentration camps during World War II. The symphony orchestra and the Moores school chorus, led by guest conductor Murray Sidian, will perform the Verdi Requiem.

For more information and ticket pricing, please call 713-743-3313 or visit

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