Asia Society Texas Center Announces Inaugural Fall Performing Arts Season

Asia Society Texas Center Announces Inaugural Fall Performing Arts Season

Mythili Prakash. (Jorge Vismara)

HOUSTON, August 15, 2012 — Asia Society Texas Center, Houston’s newest arts and culture venue, is pleased to announce its Fall performing arts season, which features a vibrant mix of dance and music from some of the most revered and innovative artists from Asia and beyond.

Stylistically varied yet universally resonant, the inaugural season offers a diversity of genres with roots in Afghanistan, India, Japan, Iran, and Pakistan, to name a few. Highlights include: Voices of Afghanistan featuring Ustad Farida Mahwash & Homayoun Sakhi; Amjad Ali Khan, Master of the Sarod; Mythili Prakash; Zeb & Haniya; Dominic Walsh Dance Theater with guest artists Hana Sakai and Kensaku Satou; and Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain.

The lineup reflects the pillars of the Society’s mission to connect Americans and Asians for a shared future, and solidifies Houston’s status as an important gateway to Asia.

As Sabrina Lynn Motley, Director of Programs, shared: “Our inaugural Fall performing arts season harnesses the power of expressive culture to increase understanding of, and contact with, Asia and its diaspora. As we open our doors, we are thrilled to present some of the most exciting master and emerging artists from around the world…and block.”

The Fall 2012 season will also feature workshops and lecture-demonstrations. These audience enrichment activities will create deeper connections for the Center’s visitors and artists alike.

All performances will be held in the beautiful Yoshio Taniguichi-designed Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater.

Asia Society Texas Center is hosting a special promotion for its inaugural season. Everyone purchasing a ticket before September 10 will have a chance to win a free pair of tickets to every performance in the season.

 

Fall Season Highlights

 

16 September, 7:30pm | Voices of Afghanistan
(Afghanistan/Classical, Folk, and Sufi Music)

The inaugural tour of Voices of Afghanistan, featuring Afghanistan’s best-loved ghazal singer Ustad Farida Mahwash and internationally renowned rubâb master and composer Homayoun Sakhi, offers an acoustically rich celebration of a musical heritage that has triumphed over war, exile, and relocation.

Asia Society members $15 | buy now »
Seniors/students $20 | buy now »
Nonmembers $25 | buy now »

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20 September, 7:30pm | Amjad Ali Khan, Master of the Sarod
(India/Classical Music)

Revered Amjad Ali Khan, superstar sarod virtuoso, brings his expressive, vocalized playing of the 19-string lute-like instrument for an evening of stirring harmonies and complex rhythms that speak directly to the heart.

Asia Society members $25 | buy now »
Seniors/students $30 | buy now »
Nonmembers $35 | buy now »

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30 September, 7:30pm | Mythili Prakash
(USA & India/Classical Dance)

One of the world’s leading young exponents of Bharata Natyam, Mythili Prakash revitalizes the physicality, musicality and expressive theatricality of the dance for a dynamic meditation that both upholds and expands tradition.

Asia Society members $15 | buy now »
Seniors/students $20 | buy now »
Nonmembers $25 | buy now »

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4 October, 7:30pm | Zeb & Haniya on tour as part of
Center Stage℠

(Pakistan/Contemporary Folk Music)

Known for having created an entirely new canon of jazz-influenced numbers and blues in Urdu, singer/songwriter duo Zeb & Haniya perform soulful and emotive songs that paint a picture of their beloved Pakistan that is filled with peace and possibility.

Asia Society members $15 | buy now »
Seniors/students $20 | buy now »
Nonmembers $25 | buy now »

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19–21 October | Dominic Walsh Dance Theater
(USA & Japan/Contemporary Dance)

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, with guest artists Hana Sakai and Kensaku Satou, presents newly choreographed work that is a riveting combination of ballet, comtemporary dance, and Japanese taiko drum.

Friday, October 19, 7:30pm
Asia Society members $30 | buy now »
Nonmembers $35 | buy now »

Saturday, October 20, 7:30pm
Asia Society members $30 | buy now »
Nonmembers $35 | buy now »

Sunday, October 21, 2:00pm
Asia Society members $30 | buy now »
Nonmembers $35 | buy now »
Sunday Matinee Student Rush $15 | buy now »

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7 November, 7:30pm | Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain
(Iran & USA/Global Blues)

Persian melodic innovation and blues traditions are celebrated as Mahsa Vahdat and Mighty Sam McClain join forces and pull from their personal struggles to create a remarkable musical journey to lift the spirit.

Asia Society members $15 | buy now »
Seniors/students $20 | buy now »
Nonmembers $25 | buy now »

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Support

Funding for Asia Society Texas Center Presents! is provided by Houston Arts Alliance, The Brown Foundation, and The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts. Additional support is provided by Asia Society Texas Center's generous donors and members.

 

 

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August 16, 2012
by Anna Foret