CUBA PROJECT IN THE NEWS:
Apollo Chamber Players Heading to Cuba
Houston Life, KPRC Channel 2 (NBC)
Breaking Boundaries: Apollo in Cuba
Arts + Culture Texas (March 2017)
CW39 NewsFix (Houston, TX)
Symphony Concertmaster Heads to Cuba
12NewsNow, Ezzy Castro (Beaumont TX)
Local Symphony Concertmaster aims to bring classical, folk music to Cuba
Beaumont Enterprise, Sara Castro (Beaumont, TX)
Apollo Chamber Players Make Classical Music Intergalactic
The Texas Standard | January 13, 2017
HOUSTON ─ From January 14-22, 2017, Apollo Chamber Players traveled to Cuba as guests of Parma Recordings to record the ensemble's recent 20x2020 commission, Imágenes de Cuba by Rice University faculty composer Arthur Gottschalk. The ensemble was featured on CubaTV and presented a joint concert with Havana-based Quarteto Amadeo Roldan.
• Recording sessions took place at the world-class Abdala Studios in Havana and included collaborations with Cuban musicians. Abdala Studios has been the recording home of numerous acclaimed Cuban musicians such as Omara, Diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, and Silvio Rodríguez, Grammy-winning folk music singer.
• Apollo presented a public concert at the National Museum of Fine Arts (Bellas Artes) in Havana and outreach program for students & children, coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and Cuban Arts Institute.
• Imágenes de Cuba is based on Cuban dance rhythms (the timba and manisero), popular songs like Guantanamera, and the guajira, a style of Cuban music akin to ‘country music’. It also features the shakere, an indigenous percussion instrument.
Watch world premiere of Imágenes de Cuba at MATCH in Midtown Houston, 5/22/16.
Parma Recordings President & CEO Bob Lord: “Apollo’s incredible collective talents and open-minded, energetic, and collaborative attitude will represent PARMA and the U.S. very well in our interactions with our Cuban musicians and partners.”
Apollo artistic director Matthew J. Detrick states: "We are proud to call Houston - one of America’s most culturally diverse cities - our home, and we are honored to help usher in this new era of artistic partnership between the US and Cuba, reaching hundreds of Cubans through live performance and countless listeners through the recording." (Release date Fall 2017.)
Parma Recordings interview with Apollo Artistic Director Matthew Detrick