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A Spring in its step: Divergence Vocal Theater plans celebration of new space

A Spring in its step: Divergence Vocal Theater plans celebration of new space

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Divergence Music & Arts is a venue for chamber arts, specifically chamber music and chamber opera. Photo by Dave Nickerson
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All recent Divergence Vocal Theater performances and socials have been sold out, standing room only. Photo by Dave Nickerson
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Going for an inspiring, non-traditional, funky, comfortable, lofty, garage-grungy warehouse studio space, Misha Penton fulfilled her vision for a space that thrived on collaborations. Photo by Dave Nickerson
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Rehearsing for "Klytemnestra: The Original Subversive Female," which was the first piece performed at Divergence Music & Arts in April. Photo by Dave Nickerson
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"Klytemnestra: The Original Subversive Female" performance. Photo by Dave Nickerson
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There is no other way to christen a new music venue than bombarding its walls with sounds, people and activities that exemplify the venue's raison d'être.

Divergence Music & Arts is Divergence Vocal Theater's new venue in the burgeoning Spring Street Studios in the Lower Washington Cultural Arts District, best described as an inspiring, non-traditional, funky, comfortable, lofty, garage-grungy warehouse studio space for chamber arts, specifically chamber music and chamber opera. 

And leave it to DVT's artistic director and soprano Misha Penton to put together an assemblage of Houston's most sought-out classical musicians, from the classically trained to the indy-chic, to spank its reverberant space with a sample of what's to come. On Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., Penton and friends are opening Divergence Music & Arts in grandiose style with a Soirée & Open House, where dance, spoken word, music, theater and opera collide to expand the vocabulary of the respective artistic genres.

Joining Penton in this soiree will be singers Alison Greene, Natasha Manley, Shelley Auer, Lainie Diamond, Michael Walsh and Dennis Arrowsmith; pianists Kyle Evans and Jade Simmons; pianist and composer Hsin-Jung Tsai; composer Chris Becker; dancer Meg Brooker and actress Amy Guerin. The program reflects DVT's philosophy of bringing artists and people together to share in the experience of the arts.

Selkie, a Sea Tale was standing room only. Ditto for Klytemnestra: The Original Subversive Female. I expect this musical and social soiree to be packed and recommend reserving your spot early. Click here to do so. 

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