Da Camera’s ‘A Little Day Of Music’ Continues At Wortham Center

January 16, 2009

Da Camera of Houston’s long-standing “A Little Day Music” series of free lunchtime concerts continues in the grand foyer of the Wortham Theater Center on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at noon.

 

The February free program is entitled “Cultural Encounters Through Music” and includes a shadow puppet play by fourth grade students from Lovett Elementary School and the music of Claude Debussy performed by pianist Timothy Hester. 

 

Hester is joined by Anne Leek on oboe and Aralee Dorough on flute performing “Six Miniatures” by William Grant Still.

 

“A Little Day Music” is sponsored by Waste Management. The media sponsor is KUHF 88.7 FM.

 

The February performance is a result of education and outreach efforts by Da Camera that are organized around intense, extended on-campus workshops that offer opportunities for students of all ages to learn about music and culture through creative interaction, collaboration and public performance.

 

In this case, fourth and fifth grade students of art teacher Beatrice Graham created Indonesian masks for a special Da Camera performance with Space City Gamelan at their school. Subsequently, the students created shadow puppets after hearing a performance of music by Debussy, and learning about how he was influenced by music from Indonesia.

 

“Our students are so excited about working with Da Camera artists,” Graham said. “Exploring how Javanese shadow-puppetry inspired French composers helps students appreciate how their own family traditions come together to create the rich and beautiful cultural mix that makes Houston such a vibrant and creative city.”

 

The “A Little Day Music” series features live music and drawings for tickets to Da Camera’s upcoming events. The concerts fulfill an important aspect of Da Camera’s mission to develop the audience for chamber music and jazz by making it accessible to everyone and part of everyday life. 

 

“A Little Day Music” is presented on the first Wednesday of every month and continues March through May with performances including the Houston Chamber Choir and the University of Houston Jazz Combo.

 

The concerts are free of charge and Da Camera encourages concertgoers to bring and enjoy their lunches while listening to the music. 

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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