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A New York Social Diary

Houston power couple orchestrates a $2.9 million New York gala: How Texas took Manhattan

By Shelby Hodge

At last the photos and the deets are in on that grand night in Manhattan when a contingent of classical music lovers from Houston partied with Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, who co-chaired the New York Ph ...


The CultureMap Interview

The Matthew Broderick of classical music reveals all: Staying fresh, Miss America judging and more

By Joel Luks

Life is a never-ending adventure for violin celeb Joshua Bell, who at 45 years old continues to follow a hectic travel and performance itinerary that takes him to all the corners of this convoluted ...


The CultureMap Interview

Metaphors of the human psyche: Rock star maestro brings his wisdom to Texas Music Festival

By Joel Luks

How can artists communicate that which they haven't experienced? While the process of refining skills needed to win a job at a professional symphony orchestra typically involve technique &m ...


Looking good for a century

Houston Symphony reveals a starry 100th anniversary lineup: The big names coming are . . .

By Joel Luks

The Houston Symphony is looking mighty fresh in the eve of its centennial anniversary. A new, artsy logo alongside a robust guest list of musicians and conductors ushers a year-long musical fê ...


The Review is In

Houston Symphony needs to drop its social party fixation and go big musically: Where are the wows?

By Joel Luks

There's something intriguing about the tradition of Houston Symphony opening night dinner galas. The accompanying concert isn't treated as an opportunity to bring out the big guns of classi ...


A Fallon-esque idea

Thank you to Coughing Man, Unknown Amateur Photographer & others who disrupt Houston's art performances

By Leslie Loddeke

Thank you, Unknown Coughing Man, for that remarkable barking-Rottweiler counterpoint you projected from the audience to diva Joyce DiDonato’s silvery swan song at the end of Houston Grand Ope ...


CultureMap Interview

The traveling virtuoso: Joshua Bell discusses his Houston concert and his $8 million violin

By Joel Luks

Like Niccolò Paganini, whose virtuosic abilities were rumored to have been attributed to being possessed by the devil, pianist Franz Liszt and young Mozart, the tradition of the traveli ...


Society for the Performing Arts presents Violinist Joshua Bell

Jones Hall

For more than two decades, Joshua Bell has been captivating audiences worldwide with his poetic musicality. He came to national attention at the age of 14 in an orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti


Ooh la la!

Houston debut of Ebène Quartet provides a romantic night in Paris without leaving the Hobby Center

By Leslie Loddeke

Thanks to Sarah Rothenberg, I spent Saturday night in Paris with four handsome Frenchmen I’d never met before, who accomplished an immediate seduction by serenading me with an absolutely  ...


A Special Day

Houston composer Todd Frazier's work gets the Kennedy Center treatment with Renée Fleming

By Joel Luks

Sunday is a special day for Houston composer, arts administration guru and all-around good guy J. Todd Frazier. Soprano superstar Renée Fleming will sing one of his  ...


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