Opening Reception for Universe Is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku




Members Reception
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Public Opening
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Mercury Performance
7:30 – 8:30 pm


On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, a private members reception will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The public opening will take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Anchoring the evening is a site-specific gallery performance by Mercury – the Orchestra Redefined, Antoine Plante, Artistic Director, which begins at 7:30 pm. Performing on period instruments, the celebrated chamber orchestra will present an exquisite program of *contemplative music inspired by Tawara’s work and philosophy.

The program features:

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Fantasias for Strings
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) Balletti Lamentabili à 4
John Dowland (1563-buried 1626) Lachrymæ Antiquæ (Ancient Tears)
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) O Virtus Sapientie (O Strength of Wisdom)

Music will also be provided by one of the Texas Center’s favorite locals, DJ Sun. In homage to the art of Tawara, Sun has scoured his collection for some of the most compelling jazz and art music from Japan. Complete the night with light bites from Muiishi Makirritos and Little Soya, a special selection of teas from Té House of Tea, and local sake from Texas Sake Company.

Ikebana Arrangements by Sushila Mathew, Ohara Ikebana School.


*ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S NOTE: The music presented is meditative in nature. Participants are encouraged to contemplate the art silently while exploring the exhibition halls. Space is limited. The program will be performed twice in order to accommodate as many guests as possible.






Supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Bank of America, and United Airlines – Official Airline of Asia Society Texas Center.

Event Details

Wed 19 Jun 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
Free and open to the public.
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