We are pleased to announce the dates and times for our 2016 - 17 season programs. All of our programs are held at Emerson Unitarian Church and are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 10:30 am and end promptly at noon.

Program Co-chairs:
Carolyn Krysl Hutchinson
Sandra Van Cleve

October 18, 2016, 10:30 am to noon
Dr. Todd Frazier – "The Arts and Health Care:
Broadening Opportunities for Artists"
Todd Frazier, composer and director of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital, will share the center’s strategies for integrating the arts into the health care environment. He will discuss how a collaborative bridge between the arts and medical communities can bring new value, purpose, and opportunity to patients, their families, healthcare professionals, and performing and visual artists.
November 1, 2016, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Kris Chapman – "No Time Like the Present!"
There is no telling where relationships you make with perfect strangers will take you. Kris Chapman, Music Director of the Houston Heights Orchestra and Assistant Conductor at the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston, will discuss meeting the Zodiac Trio, a chamber ensemble based in NYC and Paris, their instant friendship, and the creation of a summer chamber music festival in the south of France. 
November 15, 2016, 10:30 am to noon
Performer's Showcase

Please join us for the first of two programs devoted to our wonderful and talented performing members.


November 29, 2016, 10:30 am to noon
Dr. Brian Suits – "Off the Beat! Brazilian Music
from an American Composer"
Dr. Brian Suits, Composer, Pianist, and Associate Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music at the University of Houston will present a lecture recital featuring his newest composition Imagined Postcards from Brazil.  Dr. Suits will be joined by Brazilian violinist and mezzo-soprano Ingrid Hunter and bassist David Connor.

January 17, 2017, 10:30 am to noon
Jade Simmons – "The New Breed of Artist Leader"

We are living in exciting times where because of our diversity of interests, growing devotion to personal development, and the pervasiveness of technology, artists can dare to go beyond making art for art's sake. This is a new era where the purpose-minded artist-leader can eschew merely impressing audiences to impacting them for the long-term instead. In a surprisingly increasing number of venues and stages outside of the arts, artists stand to make a larger impact than ever before.

January 31, 2017, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Aralee Dorough – "Classical Music and Technological Change"

Aralee Dorough, Principal Flutist Houston Symphony and Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston will discuss how technical innovation has affected the world of classical music.  Included in the presentation is one of the latest developments of the transverse flute, the modern ergonomic flute.

February 14, 2017, 10:30 am to noon
Dr. Karim Al-Zand – "Demystifying Composition"

Dr. Karim Al-Zand, Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Rice University will speak about the mystery of how inspiration, art, and craft create compositions. HTMC performing members will assist Dr. Al-Zand in this lecture recital.

February 28, 2017, 10:30 am to noon
Dr. John Cornelius – "Composing and Producing
Award Winning Children's Musicals"

Dr. John Cornelius, Pianist, Composer, Music Director, and Professor of Music Theory at Prairie View A&M University received his DMA in composition from Rice University.  He will speak about his award winning children’s musicals which have been performed throughout the US.  His children’s play Mirandy and Brother Wind received a 2010 NEA grant, premiered in 2011 in Washington, DC and is published by New Plays for Young Audiences.  His latest theatrical works include Three Little Birds, which adapts the music of Bob Marley into a modern fairy tale, and Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude.

March 14, 2017, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Performer's Showcase

Please join us for our second program devoted to our wonderful and talented performing members.

March 28, 2017, 10:30 am to noon
Dr. Trond Saeverud – "Norwegian Music - It's Not Just Grieg to Me!"

Dr. Trond Saeverud, Concert Violinist and Music Director of the Galveston Symphony, will present the life and music of his grandfather, Harold Saeverud, the celebrated 20th Century Norwegian composer, pianist, and conductor.

April 11, 2017, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Melanie Sonnenberg – "Is It About The Singing Or The Dress?"

Is it about the singing or fitting into the dress? How have cultural expectations have influenced the 21st century opera singer? Melanie Sonnenberg, is Professor of Voice at the University of Houston and Director of Le Chiavi: The Institute of Bel Canto Studies at the Texas Music Festival.  She will speak about the ever changing images and demands for the classical singer from the 1940's to the present.

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