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University of Houston Jazz Orchestra presents "The Great American Song Book"

Concertgoers will celebrate the songs that spawned American popular music during a special performance by the University of Houston's Moores Jazz Orchestra. In honor of National Jazz Month

Moores Opera Center presents Cold Sassy Tree

Set in the fictional Georgia town of Cold Sassy, Cold Sassy Tree focuses on widower Rucker Lattimore sudden engagement — three weeks after his first wife's death — to Love Simpson,

Moores Opera Center presents The Italian Straw Hat

While trying to get to his wedding, a young Parisian man is swept up in events that spiral hilariously out of control. The composer of iconic film scores — such as The Godfather; Zeffire

Moores Opera Center presents Rigoletto

The Borgias would blush at what goes on in the decadent Renaissance court of the Duke of Mantua, where one father's curse and another's vendetta result in a tragic storm of violence. Sung i

Moores Opera Center presents Moscow, Cheryomushki by Dmitri Shostakovich

A new housing project called Cherry Town opens in Moscow, and the competition for apartments is fierce and fun. Sung in English with lyrics projected above the stage.

Moores Opera Center presents The Marriage of Figaro

Figaro is getting married, as long as he can keep his wife out of the hands of his boss. Mozart's timeless comedy is considered by many to be the most perfect opera ever written. Sung in Italia

Moores Opera Center presents Daniel Catán's Salsipuedes, a Tale of Love, War and Anchovies

A banana republic declares war on the Nazis and newlywed salsa musicians are caught in the crossfire. Love is put to the test in this bittersweet comedy that sways to the sultry rhythms of the Cari

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Did Richard Strauss get it right? Texas Music Festival ponders what happens after death with epic Superman opus

By Joel Luks

It's often said that good composers borrow, great composers steal. Immortal composers are those from whom great composers steal. Though some may not be able to hum the melodies of Richard S ...

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By Joel Luks

When the quintessentially Southern seersucker stylings sunbathe social gatherings, there's no question that summer spirit is here — despite what the calendar says. Darling hats and classi ...

Amelia Earhart at Moores

Music engineering: An emotional meltdown gives flight to Daron Hagen's Amelia opera

By Joel Luks

When composer Daron Aric Hagen arrived at University of Houston's Moores School of Music, it wasn't just to witness the production-in-progress of his newest large-scale opera, Amelia &mdash ...

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