In 2013, some friends of ours shared with us the good news they'd be having their first child. They are excellent people, so we were very happy for them and the kid they'd soon welcome. I've been a dad nearly half my life now (yikes), but the only bit of wisdom I shared with them was to listen to ... More >>
As often as I've been complemented on my taste in music, I've been ridiculed for the horrible television programs I sometimes watch. Case in point: my DVR's arteries were recently clogged with episodes of the ABC celebrity competition, Splash. For those who may have missed it, Splash was a taped an ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jacqui Sutton is the lead singer for t ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayUnions Are Basically Legalized Mafia: Sarah Chang, a gorgeous and talented young violinist, tried to perform a recital in Detroit this week. Unfortunately for her, the classical music unions happen to be on strike in Detroit. Chang was probably not even ... More >>
Johann Sauty Esperanza Spalding has the sort of backstory that public relations firms dream of - and it has the advantage of being true. At four-years-old, she saw a Yo-Yo Ma performance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and promptly asked for a violin (the pre-schooler didn't know the word cello). ... More >>
Choreographer Christopher Bruce sets a story to Hush
Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux
25 facts about Houston's biggest show
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is coming to town this week, the sign that spring can't be far behind.We've promised ourselves for weeks that we would never, ever succumb to the "25 Random Things" meme, or phenomenon, or whatever it is, but we have received in the mail a notice from the feder ... More >>
Classical music would have no problem attracting crowds if Impulse Artist Series founder Jade Simmons was in charge. During Monday night's kick-off of the week-long piano concert series, "In Their Own Element," Simmons introduced brilliant performances by Nigerian Sodi Braide, Brazilian Vanessa ... More >>
One of the greatest pianists of his generation returns to Houston
A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Zhang Yimou makes a soaring, mythic Hero out of Jet Li
Hans Graf is filling some pretty big shoes
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
Flutist Christina Jennings poised to shine
In school, Des Hoebig learned to play an instrument. Now, out in the shady world of big-money dealers, he's learning to buy one.
They cuss. They wear tattoos. They play the cello.
Classical? Country? In the hands of fiddler Mark O'Connor, it's one thing: music.