Rice, UH Composition Students To Perform Works Using Poems By Middle School Students

April 1, 2009

Composition students at Rice University and University of Houston have created new musical works using poems written by students from Grady Middle School in workshops led by WITS writers and Da Camera musicians. Music performance students, a string quartet and two singers, from Rice and UH will perform the new works at noon today, April 1, in the Grand Foyer, Wortham Theater Center, Texas at Smith. Several Grady students will be in attendance and will read their poetry.


The performance is part of Da Camera of Houston’s free lunchtime performance series, A Little Day Music, presenting a performance entitled The New Songs Project. A Little Day Music is sponsored by Waste Management.


Sample song lyrics from students include:

        I am from Braeswood apartments

        From living next to the Bayou

        I am from unmatched furniture

        From an unwanted past

        From a never closing window

        And an always-stuck door

        From an annoying, beeping smoke alarm.


        I am from Granny’s mouthwatering dumplings

        From award winning taste

        I am from my grandma’s sausage gumbo

        From juicy fajitas

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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