"...an approach that has resonated in diverse Houston."
Houston, TX based Apollo Chamber Players creates transformative art through innovative, globally-focused concert programming and multicultural new music commissions. Over the past decade the ensemble has presented over 500 concerts and educational programs, commissioned 15 new works and released 3 critically-acclaimed albums, reaching audiences of 25,000 (live) and 10 million (broadcast) annually.
Apollo holds the distinction of being the first American chamber ensemble to record and perform in Cuba since the embargo relaxation. The ensemble has performed for sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall, and it is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program, Performance Today.
Apollo's innovative 20x2020 commissioning project has garnered international acclaim. It features a roster of the world’s leading composers and up-and-coming artists, including Grammy-winners Libby Larsen and Christopher Theofanidis. The group has collaborated with many of the world’s premiere artists, including Grammy/Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee Vanessa Vo, James Dunham, Timothy Pitts, Ismail Lumanovski, and Indian Classical music guru Chitravina N. Ravikiran, among others.
"European Folkscapes makes folk music come to life effectively." (American Record Guide.) Apollo’s debut album earned ‘Album of the Week’ honors by WQXR in New York City and has reached millions of listeners through national and international airplay. Apollo's second and third studio albums, Blurred Boundaries (April 2016) and Ancestral Voices (November 2017) have been lauded as “truly lovely music played exceptionally well by an adventurous and gifted ensemble” (Audiophile Audition) and "the most culturally relevant, politically topical, and necessary album this year" (AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE)
Apollo reaches further into the community by partnering with schools, universities, at-risk youth centers, refugee and veterans service organizations, hospitals, airports, and public libraries, providing performances, educational programs, and entrepreneurship lectures that impact a wider, underserved audience.
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Year founded: 2008
Major Awards: HoustonPress' 2014 MasterMinds; WQXR (NYC) Album of the Week
Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) debut: October 11, 2013; return, Feb. 2017
Album Info: European Folkscapes, released January 28, 2014; Blurred Boundaries, released April 8, 2016; Ancestral Voices, released Nov. 10, 2017.
Commissioned Works: 15 (as of June 2018) Click here for 20x2020 commissioning project details
Self-produced concerts: 50
Presented concerts: 500
Educational programs presented: 175
Total Audience Reach: 20 million
Number of board members: 8