, an eclectic season opener that includes Houston Symphony’s Robin Kesselman on double bass, guest artist Erode Nagaraj on the mrdangam
and performances by bharatanatyam
dancers. Dig deeper with the 7:30 p.m. Q&A session before the concert.
8 p.m. Saturday. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 832?496-9943 or visit apollochamberplayers.org
. $15 to $54.
The Beatles were so inspired by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that they gave up psychedelic drugs in favor of a sitar. “I think what’s very interesting about Indian classical music is how much of an influence it’s had on American composers like Philip Glass and Terry Riley,” says Matthew Detrick, co-founder and artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players. “Also The Doors and Beatles.” Even rarer is when Indian composers draw from the West, as does slide instrumentalist and composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran. “He’s considered the Mozart of Indian music. He intersects western classical and jazz with Indian music,” says Detrick. Ravikiran is debuting two world-premiering compositions during