The Bayou City should be proud of our former maestros performing in Europe.
Texas singer-songwriter and real by-god cowboy Michael Martin Murphey has already walked Rocks Off through a healthy bit of the past 100 years of American folk music this morning, as well as a good bit of his own. But dissatisfied with the folk scene he found out in late-'60s Southern California, he ... More >>
Houston Grand Opera presents a timeless classic in a handsome, moving production.
The setup: After the storm and fury of Peter Grimes (1945), whose sea-tossed music and psychologically truthful and damaged characters were heralded as a new era in English opera, composer Benjamin Britten, for his next stage work, went toward the simple but elegant. "I am keen to develop a new art ... More >>
Jacques Imbrailo, a baritone from South Africa, never intended to be an opera singer. But while working on an undergrad degree in law there, he discovered that he really didn't enjoy it and decided to switch to singing, which had just been a hobby. He went on to do his postgrad work at the Royal Col ... More >>
HGO's Ariadne, an opera about opera, is both serious and funny.
Today is Ludwig Van Beethoven's 240th birthday. It's hard to adequately sum up the man's contribution to music because frankly no modern figure comes anywhere close. In honor of the undisputed master of all that is classical music, Rocks Off thought we'd put together some interesting tidbits ... More >>
Puccini's story of star-crossed lovers still moves audiences to tears
HGO brilliantly conjures the magic and majesty of Handel.
The Golka brothers cause a Chopin-demonium
The Spanish legend Placido Domingo lowers his vocal range to sing Verdi's haunting tale of a father's love
The Houston Grand Opera delivers sex, violence and some amazing music.
The Beethoven master gives us a night of - duh - Beethoven
Love isnt always funny or fun, for that matter
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 1809-1847Here at Rocks Off, we enjoy album covers with turds on them and making fun of R. Kelly as much as the next guy. And just wait until Chris Brown gets here next weekend. But there's a lot more to music than that. In a possibly fruitless effort to c ... More >>