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Mar262011

Houston Classical Calendar

Houston is one of the best cities in the entire country when it comes to the arts, and we don't think enough people realize it. Here's our perspective: Upon moving to Texas from California, we weren't expecting to find a cultural/arts center on the level of Los Angeles, much less one that rivals it in many ways. For example, L.A. has nothing comparable to Houston's large museum district. And though the Walt Disney Concert Hall is an incredible venue for classical music, the surrounding arts district there has nothing on Houston's downtown theatre/music district, which is home to not only the Houston Symphony but also the world-class Houston Grand Opera and (our favorite) the Houston Ballet. Due to the latter's recent growth and expansion into the exciting new Center for Dance, it is well on its way to becoming the greatest Ballet organization in the country.

Then there are the many smaller but no less wonderful music organizations in Houston: Opera in the Heights, Houston Friends of Chamber Music, Da Camera, Mercury Baroque, Context, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the recently Grammy-nominated Ars Lyrica. And that's still just scratching the surface! Several universities in Houston have very strong music programs, with their own concerts/recitals. In fact there's so much going on all the time that it can be difficult to keep track of for busy classical music fans. To that end we have created the first fully comprehensive classical music calendar for Houston (which you'll find under the Local Events tab). We will endeavor to include every single concert or event for which one is able to obtain tickets (if you have information about any we've omitted, please email us at joelsclassicalshop@gmail.com). We will also start featuring on the website our recommend recordings for musical works being performed in Houston...as well as stocking them in the store of course! With everything consolidated into one convenient calendar, we hope Houston will be revealed for the thriving musical community it truly is.

Yavar & Francesca

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