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Da Camera's mission is to produce and present concert experiences with a commitment to quality and innovation that broadens the audience for chamber music. From its founding, Da Camera's varied programming has consisted of chamber music in its broadest definition including both classical music and jazz, bringing highly acclaimed local, national and international artists together in inspiring productions. Da Camera's programs were among the first in the nation to connect music to literature, theatre and visual art, and to use video in multimedia concert productions. Among the first to incorporate jazz into a classical chamber music series, Da Camera is now recognized as the leading jazz presenter in the region. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017-18, Da Camera engages audiences in diverse musical experiences that break conventional genre boundaries and encourage exploration.
Committed to the creation of new work, Da Camera has commissioned and premiered more than 30 new works in 30 years, many of which continue to be performed around the world by leading musicians. Da Camera has received numerous national awards for its creative programming concepts, and its original productions have been hailed in national press as “trendsetting" (Time Out New York), showing "unusual care and intelligence" (New York Times) and for their "ingenious thematic idea…brilliantly used" (The Washington Post). The Houston Chronicle describes Da Camera as, “a Houston gem."
1402 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006 USA
Da Camera, Houston, chamber music, jazz
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Da Camera brings leading American and international artists to perform in a subscription series of curated programs which are often thematically related. A member of the Houston Theater District, Da Camera's concerts take place in the Wortham Theater Center, The Hobby Center for the Performign Arts and The Menil Collection. The organization's goals include connecting music to other art forms; expanding the awareness of American music through the presentation of jazz and the commissioning of new compositions; and developing partnerships with a wide range of cultural institutions locally, nationally and internationally. Da Camera has been involved in the commissioning of 20 new works by some of the nation's leading composers. A recognized "trend-setter" in innovative programming, Da Camera presented "Marcel Proust's Paris," the first of its Music and the Literary Imagination programs created by Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg, as part of the Great Performers at Lincoln Center series in 1995. The success initiated a series presented by Lincoln Center for the next four years. Da Camera programs have also traveled to Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, London's Barbican Centre and to other prestigious concert series and festivals throughout the country and in Mexico and Europe. Each season, Da Camera's artist roster includes over 60 musicians, representing distinguished performers from around the world and outstanding musicians based in Houston. The organization has presented such renowned performers as Gidon Kremer, the Juilliard String Quartet, Wayne Shorter, Leon Fleisher, Richard Stoltzman, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves, the Brentano Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, McCoy Tyner and countless others. In addition to the 19-concert subscription series, Da Camera brings more than 50 free education and outreach programs beyond the concert hall and into the community each season. Da Camera was chosen by its peers to receive the CMAcclaim National Award in 2007, in recognition of the organization's "significant and lasting contribution to the cultural life of its region." Da Camera's audiences have bene growing annually for the last decade. With its innovative programming, dynamic outreach activities and artist residencies, Da Camera of Houston brings together musical excellence of uncompomising artistic standards with deeply rooted community programs, striving to make great music accessible to all.
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as of 6/5/2018
Laura Buss Sayavedra
Chinhui Juhn Allen
University of Houston
Vice President 2007/08
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