Apollo Chamber Players sees a unique opportunity to challenge the traditional notions of classical chamber music presentation and audience engagement by highlighting the rich cultural influences and folkloric traditions of various world cultures. Through our mission we aim to:
- Engage the global community of Houston with music inspired by specific cultural/ethnic/indigenous traditions.
- Foster cultural awareness and broaden - in numbers and diversity - a global audience of chamber and classical music lovers.
- Create new music through original arrangements and commissioning projects; provide context for Western classical works through these arrangements/commissions, inspired by cultural and/or folkloric elements. (Click here for 20x2020 commissioning project page.)
- Incorporate programs and commissions in the curation of educational programs that will reach countless students and children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Highlight the synergy and connections between different art forms by collaborating with local, regional and national arts organizations.
Apollo achieves its mission through thematically programmed concerts; educational, community and touring initiatives; collaborations; and the creation and commissioning of new music.
Apollo presents season concerts at performance venues in the Houston area, including the newly open Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH); Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music; The Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall; and Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Either independently or collaboratively, Apollo curates educational programs and conducts workshops and masterclasses at schools, hospitals, juvenile centers, and institutions of higher learning in the Houston area and across the country. To this aim, the group is a featured member Young Audiences of Houston, a non-profit arts-in-education provider reaching 330,000 students annually.
Community Engagement and Collaborations
Apollo extends its reach into the greater Houston community by presenting public concerts in diverse settings and contexts, either independently or in collaboration with other arts organizations. Past interdisciplinary collaborations include concert productions at Wortham and Miller Outdoor Theaters with Houston METdance, and Apollo was the featured ensemble for Concert at the Villa, an AIDS Ministry event sponsored by Catholic Charities Houston. Further engagement is accomplished by the mediums of television, radio, internet, and social media.
Apollo pursues opportunities to present concerts outside the greater Houston area, both nationally and internationally. The ensemble debuted in Carnegie Hall during its 2013 East Coast Tour, and the following season (2014/15) saw concert engagements in Little Rock (AR), Grand Junction (CO), Lake Charles (LA), and Fredericksburg (TX), among others. In March 2016, the ensemble embarks on its second tour of the East Coast, performing concerts and educational programs in PA, CT, MD, and NYC.
New Music Initiatives
The creation of new music is essential to Apollo’s mission. In September 2014, the organization launched a multi-year commissioning project, 20x2020, with the aim of commissioning 20 new folk music-inspired works by 2020. Along with commissioning, the ensemble transcribes and arranges culturally-significant works for chamber music instrumentation and performance.