Musiqa presents "Myths and Legends"
The concert features the world premiere of a new chamber opera by Musiqa's artistic director Anthony Brandt with a libretto by Neena Beber. Titled Ulysses, Home, the half-evening work draws on Beber's experiences leading a writing seminar for war veterans and their spouses. It tells the story of a soldier returning home with post-traumatic disorder.
A new film score for nine musicians by Karim Al-Zand to accompany the 1922 silent film Aschenputtel (Cinderella) directed by Lotte Reiniger. The new work was commissioned by Musiqa, in partnership with the Houston Cinema Arts Society, with grant assistance from New Music USA. Reininger's 13-minute film is one of the first animated movies ever made; it has recently been restored.
Filling out the program are the Houston premiere of String Quartet No. 4 by Musiqa composer Pierre Jalbert and Elena Kats-Chernin's Fast Blue Village. Musiqa's guest artists are the Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winners of Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America and ASCAP.