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Disappointment morphs into French fun at raucous River Oaks Chamber Orchestra finale

By Joel Luks

Resist the urge to self indulge. I wish I could remember who made me write those words on the first page of my sheet music to Claude Debussy's Girl with the Flaxen Hair, a reminder that sim ...


Step into the Listening Room

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra puts music in your pocket: New mobile approach captures fans

By Joel Luks

There's no mistaking when Alecia Lawyer zooms around your part of town. Her mommy SUV is branded with license plates that announce the whereabouts of the fierce leader of the River Oaks Chamber ...


The Arthropologist

X-Men (and women) for the Arts: Volunteers use biz superpowers to help small arts groups thrive

By Nancy Wozny

The dreamy sounds of Sting's "Message in a Bottle" wafted through the air as bassist Sandor Ostlund serenaded the packed house at Gremillion & Co. recently as part ...


A Weekend Fiesta

Inside the brain of Alecia Lawyer: Classical music difference maker isn't afraid to take fiery risks

By Joel Luks

It's the philosophy of many marketers of large classical music ensembles that the soloist or the plat de résistance sells tickets — butts in seats as the industry endearingly ...


Play on

Feast your ears: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's 2012-13 season entices with fresh fiddlers and new conductors

By Joel Luks

There's something about oboists, a je ne sais quoi, perhaps brought on because they are the center of musical attention at the beginning of every orchestra concert — everyone tunes to the ...


The ArTHROPOLOGIST

Just because you're an artist doesn't mean you should have a horrible website: Keeping up social media appearances

By Nancy Wozny

"Your site needs some work," I told an artist friend, thinking that it is something you could tell a friend. Newsflash: I would have been better off telling her that she gained some weigh ...


Tech rock star has Houston ties

From HSPVA to high tech stardom, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg changes the way the world blogs

By Nancy Wozny

Never underestimate the power of a crappy website. When WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg found himself frustrated with the publishing tools available while building websites for some of his ...


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