May 29, 2020
During this time of crisis, we could all use a respite from challenge and uncertainty. Our McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, led by Dr. Tom Cole, has revised the Arts and Resilience series and is providing access to links and information for the following prerecorded performances. Special thanks to Dr. Bill Howze, adjunct faculty in the McGovern Center, for compiling this wonderful musical listing.
The Houston Symphony has posted a fascinating series of video playlists under a number of headings, including: Listen for This Exploring Harmonies, Stretch Your Imagination with Music!, and Musicians at Home
Houston Public Media offers HPM Classical and HPM Mixtape.
This performance of “People Will Say We’re in Love” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma features bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, who calls Houston home. McKinny, a graduate of Julliard, is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and has performed with Da Camera. His other notable performances include: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and I’ve Got Them Pandemic Blues
DaCamera Houston, founded by the brilliant pianist Sarah Rothenberg, whose mission is to inspire individuals and enrich communities through diverse and inventive musical experiences, has posted a number of those experiences, including this lively performance-discussion of Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major “Emperor”, Op. 76, No. 3. Many of Da Camera’s performances are multidisciplinary, linking music to literature and visual art.
Aperio, Music of the Americas, an organization that has presented a number of artists as part of Arts & Resilience has posted performances on YouTube.
Other Arts & Resilience artists can be found online: John Egan, guitarist; Cecilia Duarte, mezzo soprano; Ernesto Vega, clarinet.
Our very own McGovern Medical School A Capella group, The Skeletones, shared this video, which was created for the 2019 Henry Strobel Student Retreat.
And for something different from music, try British Men Reading Poetry. Here, Sir Michael Caine reads a Rudyard Kipling classic. And an artful showing of flowers in New York City.
And here is a lovely perspective on this crisis: https://youtu.be/_DbIxvzD3dQ
I hope we can take a moment to explore and enjoy the arts during this challenging time.