Two Star Symphony Moves Onstage For First Course

Diverse and in-demand Houston Press Music Award-winning classical ensemble Two Star Symphony hits Hobby Center this week as part of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater's program, First Course.

Houston's most unusual string quartet has collaborated with world-renowned modern dance guru and former Houston Ballet lead dancer Walsh on several projects, including an original score for last year's critically acclaimed Walsh ballet Titus Andronicus.

On the program this time is a revival of Walsh's 2008 collaborative piece "Terminus," a mixed-repertory piece constructed around a video installation/painting by artist Nicola Parente.

According to violinist Debra Brown, "Rather than being in the orchestra pit, we'll be onstage during the piece." Parente's video installation and artwork will also be onstage.

The other sections of the program include the Texas premiere of an excerpt from 27'52" by Jiří Kylián, one of the most respected and cutting-edge choreographers in the world. The remainder of the program marks the U.S. premiere of Walsh's Medea, a commission from Teatro San Carlo that premiered in Italy in 2009.

"Rehearsals have been intense, but they've gone well," reports Brown.

"Playing with something this big, especially the first night, is always a big thrill for us," she adds. "Although sometimes it can be a bit terrifying until the jitters pass."

7:30 p.m., Thurs-Sat., October 21-23, Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center, 800 Bagby, 713-315-2525.

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