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A UH moment: Cougar Red Steinway piano steals the show at River Oaks Country Club

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of Houston Moores School of Music annual fall fundraiser, "Moores Aplenty." Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: It was all about the music this midd ...


The Review Is In

Stand-in steals the show in HGO's bland Cosi fan tutte, but the music still scores

By Theodore Bale

Mozart’s Così fan tutte has always been, for me, just like an old friend. You know, the one who bugs you at times, and then comforts you at others. The friend who calls in the middle o ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Tragedy left onstage as Houston Grand Opera celebrates 60th season with lavish party

By Shelby Hodge

It was a rough night for the Venetian court when Othello was tricked into believing that Desdemona was unfaithful. Murder, mayhem and suicide ensued on stage at Wortham Theater Center as ...


CultureMap at 5

CultureMap's biggest scoops: Stories of love and death, music and food, quick exits and new beginnings

By Clifford Pugh

Whether it's the old-fashioned print media or the new digital world, no reporter likes anything better than to be first with a story. During CultureMap's first five years, we've ha ...


HGO Parties in NYC

Glamorous parties surround Houston Grand Opera's New York production of The Passenger

By Shelby Hodge

When Houston Grand Opera took its acclaimed production of The Passenger to the Park Avenue Armory for its New York premiere, patrons and fans followed for a weekend that included not only one ...


The Review Is In

Solid Gold: Dazzling Das Rheingold elevates Houston Grand Opera to new heights

By Theodore Bale

I suppose I’ve been waiting all my life for the La Fura dels Baus production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. And while my many columns and opera reviews might have given readers the notion t ...


Grand Opera Ball

With dancers in swimsuits, a soprano on stage and flowers galore, Opera Ball is spectacular

By Shelby Hodge

Even without the stellar $2 million in proceeds, Saturday night's Houston Grand Opera Ball would have been one of the company's most memorable. With the dreamy Don Carlos from HGO's upc ...


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Opera honcho celebrates special birthday in high style with arias, admirers and Ring Cycle cake

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Grand Opera general manager Perryn Leech's 50th birthday party. Where: The Uptown Park high-rise residence of Beth Madison, former HGO board chair. The 411: The Rhein ...


Shelby's Social Diary

88-year-old music legend honored in a black-tie Houston night full of starpower

By Shelby Hodge

It's not often that a non-profit scores such a renowned collection of complementary headliners as the University of Houston's Moores School of Music managed for its 27th annual gala. B ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston Grand Opera's Concert of Arias searches for — and maybe finds — the next Renée Fleming

By Shelby Hodge

Each year, the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers culminates in a crescendo of music and a flurry of social activity as finalists in the national competition sing their hearts out ...


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