Dacamera Announces Lineup for 2022/2023 Season and Second Annual Houston Summerjazz

Style Magazine Newswire | 5/10/2022, 10:46 a.m.
Highlights include appearances by violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Emanuel Ax; the Houston premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of …

DACAMERA, the Houston-based producer and presenter of chamber music and jazz concerts, announces programming for its 2022/2023 season. Highlights of the upcoming season include Osvaldo Golijov’s genre-defying Falling Out of Time, performed by members of the Silk Road Ensemble; the world premiere of Houston native jazz drummer and composer Kendrick Scott’s Unearthed, inspired by the Sugar Land 95; and the Texas debut of Paris’s Ensemble Intercontemporain, founded by composer Pierre Boulez and conducted by Matthias Pintscher. The 2022/2023 season will introduce many notable DACAMERA and Houston debuts, including pianist Emanuel Ax; violinist Gil Shaham; the Grammy Award-nominated Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio; baroque ensemble Ruckus with flute soloist Emi Ferguson; and Finland’s Meta4 quartet. The season’s jazz series also features the return of several fan favorites, including saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Miguel Zenón; vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant; bass player Christian McBride; and pianist Sullivan Fortner.

In conjunction with the 2022/2023 season, DACAMERA announces the second annual Houston SUMMERJAZZ, taking place August 19 and 20 at the Wortham Theater Center. The two-day festival features performances by three DACAMERA audience favorites: vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, percussionist Pedrito Martinez and saxophonist Joshua Redman’s latest project, 3x3.

“It is with great excitement that we announce our very ambitious 2022-23 season, representing a quintessentially DACAMERA diverse line-up of international performers and ground-breaking creators in a unique series of concerts,” said DACAMERA Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg. “There is a powerful theme of memory that runs through our multi-disciplinary offerings – a program of music and poetry celebrating Polish poet Adam Zagajewski; Osvaldo Golijov’s “mesmerizing” Falling Out of Time; and the world premiere of a new DACAMERA original production, UNEARTHED, commemorating the Sugar Land 95 convict laborers. With this season, DACAMERA once again commits itself to seeking new connections between music and the world we live in, bringing inspiration, discovery and transcendent beauty into the concert hall.”

The 2022/2023 season opens on Friday, October 14 at Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

with the much-anticipated DACAMERA debut of violinist Gil Shaham with his longtime collaborator, pianist Akira Eguchi. Shaham’s flawless technique and inimitable warmth have solidified his place as one of the preeminent violinists of our time. His many accolades include the Avery Fisher Prize, a Grammy Award and Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year.”

DACAMERA’s longstanding collaboration with The Menil Collection continues this season with performances by: pianist Jeremy Denk, performing Bach’s revered masterpiece The Well-Tempered Clavier; award-winning Finnish quartet Meta4 with its latest project Pola(r)kreis: Drifting North for the ensemble’s Houston debut; and Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Sullivan Fortner in a solo performance featuring his trademark mix of infusing traditional and soulful sounds. DACAMERA will also co-present a free concert with the Menil Collection in the Walter Di Maria exhibition gallery for composer and pianist Michael Harrison’s Revelation: Music for Just Intonation, in conjunction with Jeremy Denk’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Sarah Rothenberg will be joined by cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton at the Menil Collection for a recital of works from Bach, Beethoven, Ustvolskaya and Mahler.

On Monday, February 27, 2023, DACAMERA and INPRINT will present a poetry and music night at the Menil Collection to celebrate the life and work of Polish poet Adam Zagajewski (1945-2021). A prize-winning writer of international renown, Zagajewski acquired loyal readers around the world through his insightful and quietly radiant poems. As a member of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program faculty, Zagajewski journeyed to Houston from Paris, and later Krakow, every spring for 18 years. The beloved poet leaves a vibrant legacy of friends, students, and colleagues across the U.S. For the poetry and music night, French cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton and pianist Sarah Rothenberg will perform music that inspired many of Zagajewski’s poems in between readings of his work, including his newest book, TRUE LIFE, to be released posthumously in February of 2023. Readers will include celebrated poet and author Edward Hirsch, president of the Guggenheim Foundation; Rich Levy, Executive Director of Inprint; and community leader and friend, Lillie Robertson.

Houston native jazz artist Kendrick Scott takes to the DACAMERA stage for the world premiere of Unearthed, a new production inspired by the Sugar Land 95. When breaking ground on a new facility in 2018, Sugar Land ISD found the remains of 95 people in an unmarked grave.

Now known as the Sugar Land 95, the people found were inmates at the Bullhead Convict Labor Camp between 1879 and 1909, a camp that was part of a state-sanctioned convict leasing system in Texas that lasted into the 1910s. Scott joins forces with the talents of the Harlem String Quartet, pianist Gerald Clayton, saxophonist Walter Smith III, bassist Joe Sanders, poet Deborah Mouton and artist Robert Hodge to explore this tragic chapter of our local history.

Other jazz series concerts include: the Branford Marsalis Quartet, led by three-time Grammy winner, composer and saxophonist Branford Marsalis; Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón; the return of vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant with an 8-piece band; and jazz bassist Christian McBride with his Philadelphia-inspired, piano-less quartet, New Jawn.

DACAMERA’s chamber music series features its signature mix of classical greats and emerging artists: the Julliard String Quartet, whose concert includes a new work by celebrated young composer Tyson Davis; baroque ensemble Ruckus in collaboration with acclaimed English-American flutist Emi Ferguson in a joyous romp of some of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works, with new arrangements of Bach’s flute sonatas and keyboard preludes; Paris’s Ensemble Intercontemporain with conductor Matthias Pintscher for their first-ever Texas performance; the Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio performing Schubert and Tchaikovsky; composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time commissioned and performed by members of the Silk Road Ensemble, inspired by Israeli novelist David Grossman’s book; and pianist Emanuel Ax, playing works of Schubert and Schumann in his long-awaited DACAMERA debut.

Season ticket packages and ticket packages for Houston SUMMERJAZZ are on sale now at dacamera.com. For high-res images, please visit bit.ly/3nzkbFl.


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Houston SUMMERJAZZ 2022

Jazzmeia Horn

Friday, August 19, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Pedrito Martinez Group

Saturday, August 20, 3:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Joshua Redman

Saturday, August 20, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

2022/2023 Opening Night

Gil Shaham, violin

Akira Eguchi, piano

Friday, October 14, 7:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Jeremy Denk, piano

Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1

Monday, October 17, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 PM

The Menil Collection

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Friday, November 4, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

DACAMERA and The Menil Collection present Michael Harrison

Revelation: Music for Just Intonation

Saturday, November 5, 4:30 PM

The Menil Collection

Free performance


Pola(r)kreis: Drifting North

Monday, November 14, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 PM

The Menil Collection

Sullivan Fortner, Solo Piano

Monday, December 5, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 PM

The Menil Collection

Juilliard String Quartet

Works of Mendelssohn, Davis and Dvořák

Friday, January 13, 7:30 PM

Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Miguel Zenón Quartet

Saturday, January 21, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Friday, February 10, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Ruckus with Emi Ferguson, flute

Fly the Coop: Music of J.S. Bach

Saturday, February 18, 7:30 PM

Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Music and Poetry, a joint presentation of DACAMERA and INPRINT

TRUE LIFE: A Celebration of Poet Adam Zagajewski

Monday February 27, 7:30 PM

The Menil Collection

Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Cello

Sarah Rothenberg, Piano

Works of Bach, Beethoven, Ustvolskaya, Mahler

Tuesday, February 28, 7:30 PM

The Menil Collection

Christian McBride and New Jawn

Friday, March 3, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Ensemble Intercontemporain with Matthias Pintscher

Thursday, March 23, 7:30 PM

Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University

Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Tanja Tetzlaff, cello

Lars Vogt, piano

Works of Schubert and Tchaikovsky

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 PM

Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Osvaldo Golijov

Falling Out of Time

Saturday, April 15, 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 16, 3:00 PM

Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Emanuel Ax, piano

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Kendrick Scott


Friday, May 12, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center