Voices of the Spirit VVIEW EVENT DETAILS
In collaboration with Houston Arts Alliance's Folklife + Traditional Arts Program
Houston is a remarkably diverse city—and in no domain of city life is that more apparent than in its faith communities. Many immigrants to the city have created a sense of home for themselves through churches, mosques, temples, and cultural organizations. Unsurprisingly, most of these communities have fostered rich sacred music traditions.
Each year, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts Program celebrates these sacred music traditions with a concert entitled Voices of the Spirit. Join us at Asia Society to explore devotional music from Houston’s diverse faith communities.
Whether through syncopated close harmonies, devotional ragas, classic cantorial song, or a vibrant brass band, each tradition voices its unique spirituality through a distinctive musical style with a long history. This fifth year concert will begin with praise music from a cappella gospel ensemble The Cortez Family, followed by Cantor Daniel Mutlu singing repertoire from the Golden Age of American Jewish religious music. The program will continue with David and Chandrakantha Courtney performing Hindustani vocal music accompanied by sitar, tabla, tanpura, and esraj. The concert will close with Danza Chinelos del Estado de Guerrero and Banda Viento Morelense de los Hermanos Campos, making it the first time a Voices of the Spirit program presents a non-vocal sacred music tradition. For more information about the performers, please click here.
An additional performance on Sunday, April 26 features the same program.
About Houston Arts Alliance's Folklife + Traditional Arts Program
The Folklife + Traditional Arts Program is focused on promoting and presenting the lively cultural traditions of the nation’s fourth largest metropolitan area. The program works in the city’s diverse neighborhoods and communities to explore and highlight the contemporary traditions that make Houston one of the most vibrant urban landscapes in the United States.
Lead series support of Asia Society Presents! is provided by Bank of America. Performing arts and cultural programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous support from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, The Clayton Fund, and Mickey Rosenau & Dr. Ellen Gritz, with an additional support from the Favrot Fund. Funding is also provided from Friends of Performing Arts & Culture at Asia Society Texas Center. In collaboration with Houston Arts Alliance's Folklife + Traditional Arts Program.
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