Make a habit of watching the Apollo Chamber Players‘ globally-inspired performances every Thursday and Sunday evening during the quartet’s 20×2020 Virtual Festival, featuring new episodes twice weekly through Sunday, November 1, 2020.
Since 2014, the Houston-based and internationally-acclaimed quarter has commissioned 20 original contemporary compositions—all inspired, created, and performed by talents from around the world. Now that Apollo’s completed its 20×2020 mission, the group is celebrating with a series of 20 video performances and discussions of each of the individual works.
Performances will feature 20 internationally acclaimed composers, 17 guest artists, and eight Houston Ballet dancers.
All free to watch, the 20×2020 Virtual Festival also features two digital world premieres and new studio performances recorded specifically for this series, along with clips from previously recorded concerts.
All performances have been curated with composer and artist interviews, and are hosted by St. John Flynn.
20×2020 Virtual Festival Lineup
- Episode 1: Sorrow Song and Jubilee | Online Now (Houston Chamber Choir tenor guest performance)
- Episode 2: Splash of Indigo | Online Now (Houston Ballet guest performance)
- Episode 3: Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7pm
- Episode 4: Three Goat Blues | Sunday, September 6, 2020
- Episode 5: String Quartet No. 2 Texas | Thursday, September 10, 2020
- Episode 6: String Quartet No. 4 Obala | Sunday, September 13, 2020
- Episode 7: Imágenes de Cuba | Thursday, September 17, 2020
- Episode 8: Piano Quintet “Aleppo” & String Quartet in E-flat Major | Sunday, September 20, 2020
- Episode 9: Four Dreams for String Quartet | Thursday, September 24, 2020
- Episode 10: Andean Suite | Sunday, September 27, 2020 (Houston Ballet guest performance)
- Episode 11: What is the Word for String Quartet & Digital Tape | Thursday, October 1, 2020
- Episode 12: A Mouthful of Universe & The Cosmic Knowledge | Sunday, October 4, 2020
- Episode 13: Dreamtime Suite No. 5, Voices from the Steppes | Thursday, October 8, 2020 (Houston Ballet guest performance)
- Episode 14: Mây [Cloud] for String Quartet & Đàn Bầu | Sunday, October 11, 2020
- Episode 15: String Quartet No. 6 Nostalgia de las Montañas | Thursday, October 15, 2020 (Houston Ballet guest performance)
- Episode 16: The Unraveling, for String Quartet, Voice & MacBook Pro | Sunday, October 18, 2020
- Episode 17: L’esprit du Nord (Spirit of the North) | Thursday, October 22, 2020
- Episode 18: MoonStrike | Sunday, October 25, 2020 (Astronaut John Herrington appearance)
- Episode 19: We Will Sing with One Voice | Thursday, October 29, 2020
- Episode 20: In the Shadow of the Mountain | Sunday, November 1, 2020
About Apollo Chamber Players
Based in Houston, Apollo Chamber Players is an internationally renowned chamber music quartet that has flourished by focusing on innovative, globally-inspired programming and multicultural new music commissions.
Winner of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Residency Partnership award, the quartet has performed for sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall and holds the distinction of being the first American chamber ensemble to record and perform in Cuba after the embargo was relaxed. Apollo is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program Performance Today.
Apollo is a passionate advocate of contemporary music. The quartet’s studio albums—including Ancestral Voices, European Folkscapes, Blurred Boundaries, and Within Earth—have garnered international acclaim, reaching millions of listeners around the world.
Apollo Chamber Players’ 20×2020 Virtual Festival
- Dates: Every Thursday and Sunday evening through Sunday, November 1, 2020
- Times: Thursdays and Sundays at 7pm
- Watch: All episodes are free to watch on Apollo Chamber Players’ YouTube and Facebook channels. Past episodes can also be viewed after they’ve debuted. Click here for more details about all performances.
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