2011 - 2012
HGOco's Home and Place is a partnership with Houston Independent School District and Neighborhood Centers Inc., to create programs that promote place-building through art.
In September 2011, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) presented the premiere of Pieces of 9/11 - Memories from Houston, a specially commissioned song cycle by renowned U.S. composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.
Because of positive response to Even Start, HGOco began a project with Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center teens during their summer-school session in 2011.
Where is home? Is it where we are born? Or where we live most of our lives? Is it with the family we leave behind or with the new ones we create? Song of Houston asked these questions through a project titled Mexico 2010.
In the spring of 2010, Opera to Go! premiered a work for middle- and high-school students called A Way Home. Composed by Ethan Frederick Greene with a libretto by Irene Keliher, this 45-minute bilingual opera told the story of a teenaged girl and her father, who traveled from Houston to Mexico to scatter her mother's ashes.
In 2009, HGOco began a project with Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center. Through a program called Even Start, HGOco helps immigrant mothers, whose children attend Baker-Ripley Elementary School, develop language acquisition and other skills.
What happens when opera and the blues come together? A striking new experience in lyrical storytelling and musical composition.
2008 - 2009
Fascinating stories about people and places, in our own backyard… enter The Neff Project. Students of Houston's Pat Neff Elementary School undertook a year-long, curriculum-based exploration of the distinct character of their Sharpstown community.
2007 - 2008
Song of Houston's first commissioned work, The Refuge-Houston Grand Opera's 36th world premiere-brought together stories from Houston's Mexican, Central American, Indian, Pakistani, Soviet-era Jewish, African, and Vietnamese communities in an ambitious and historic new work.