20 new multicultural/folk music-inspired works by 2020
We begin our 10th Anniversary season entering the homestretch of our innovative and groundbreaking commissioning project. Since the launch of 20x2020 in 2014, the project’s commissions have been featured on radio and media stations across the country, from Houston Public Media to American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated radio program, Performance Today. They have reached a total audience of approximately 12 million, through radio/ television broadcasts and live performances in concert halls, schools, colleges, airports, and hospitals in the Houston region and beyond. A memorable experience was recording Imágenes de Cuba (20x2020 No. 7) by composer Arthur Gottschalk in Cuba this past January 2017. (Click here for CubaTV feature.)
This season’s commissions promise to forge new territory in our quest to connect classical and folk traditions. Indian composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran (20x2020 No. 12) has earned world-wide acclaim for his revolutionary approach in fusing Indian classical and Western music. His system of Melharmony has the potential to be a powerful unifier of humanity, and it has drawn hundreds of thousands to his concerts. Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley (20x2020 No. 13), Distinguished Professor of Composition at University of Nevada, has a storied career both in the U.S. and abroad, and he proudly infuses his works with his cultural heritage. Composer Vũ Nhât Tân (20x2020 No. 14) represents a new generation of Vietnamese composers, leading the way by venturing into electronic soundscapes while honoring the deep musical traditions of his country. We are proud of each of our 20x2020 composers, and we are equally pleased to feature music by past project composers Erberk Eryılmaz (20x2020 No. 3) and Alexandra du Bois (20x2020 No. 6) this season.
The new works of art created by these composers promise not only to entertain and delight, but to illuminate our individual and shared cultural heritage in meaningful ways.
Underwrite a 20x2020 commission and leave a timeless musical legacy!
➤ Collaborative possibilities on composer/theme; Exclusive naming rights
➤ Invitation to private dinner with Apollo artists and composer
➤ Autographed copy of manuscript
➤ Complimentary season ticket
"Apollo's fabulous - inspiring and full of the future in their playing." -Libby Larsen
Click here for the world premiere performance of Libby Larsen's Sorrow Song and Jubilee, Apollo's inaugural 20x2020 commission.
"These new pieces jive with Apollo's aim of making chamber music accessible through programs that explore specific themes."
-Chamber Music America (Fall 2016)