"...an approach that has resonated in diverse Houston."
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary season, Apollo Chamber Players has enthralled audiences in its hometown of Houston (TX) and around the world with its distinctive, globally-focused programming and multicultural new music commissions. Over the past decade, the ensemble has presented over 475 concerts and educational programs, commissioned 15 new works, released 3 critically-acclaimed albums, and traveled over 35,000 miles through touring in the U.S. and abroad, reaching a live audience of 25,000 and broadcast audience of over 10 million annually.
Apollo holds the distinction of being the first American chamber ensemble to record and perform in Cuba in January 2017. In Cuba, the group collaborated with renowned local musicians and was featured on CUBA TV, reaching millions. In 2013 and 2017, the Apollo 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 ensemble 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) has been lauded as “truly lovely music played exceptionally well by an adventurous and gifted young ensemble” (Audiophile Audition).
In addition to partnerships with refugee service organizations, hospitals, and veterans groups, Apollo reaches thousands of students annually through impactful educational programming and entrepreneurship seminars.
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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
Album Info: European Folkscapes, released January 28, 2014; Blurred Boundaries, released April 8, 2016; Ancestral Voices, released Nov. 10, 2017.
Commissioned Works: 13 (as of Jan. 2018) Click here for 20x2020 commissioning project details
Self-produced concerts: 40
Presented concerts: 400
Educational programs presented: 120
Total Audience Reach: 18 million
Number of board members: 7