OCTOBER 7, 2017 | 8pm | Zilkah Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Opening its 10th Anniversary season, Apollo returns to beautiful Zilkha Hall in downtown Houston. ‘Houston Melharmony’ features the world premiere of 20x2020 No.12, a commission inspired by Indian ragas by the “Mozart of Indian music” (Wisconsin State Journal): renowned slide instrumentalist and composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran. The new work is based on Ravikiran’s system of Melharmony, a ground-breaking approach in world music that creates fusion between harmony-centric systems (Western classical/jazz) and melody-centric systems (Indian classical).
Also explored is the profound influence of Indian music on American Minimalist composers Philip Glass and Terry Riley. Commission will feature dancers from Silambam Houston and guest ar st Robin Kesselman, Principal Double Bass of the Houston Symphony.
N. Ravikiran: Cosmic Knowledge and Caprice No. 2 for string quartet, chitravina and double bass | 20x2020 No. 12 WORLD PREMIERE
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 'Mishima'
Terry Riley: In C (1964)
Works by N. Ravikiran: TBD
Chitravina N. Ravikiran, slide instrumentalist and 20x2020 composer
Robin Kesselman, Principal Double Bass, Houston Symphony
Smitha Madhav, bharatanatyam dancer
Poovalur Srinivasan, mrdangam