On May 18, 2023, the initiative will culminate with the world premiere of six chamber works, each inspired by one of our themes:
- Sacrifice—when will we do what must be done, composed by Zach Redler, with a libretto by Jerre Dye;
- Identity—Take Your Eyes Off My Joy, composed by Jocelyn C. Chambers, with a libretto by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton;
- Spirit—Indigenous / Undigenous I, composed by Brent Michael Davids, with his own text, translated to Comanche;
- Faith—A Stillness that Moves, composed by Shih-Hui Chen, based on text inspired by Houston’s Rothko Chapel;
- Character—Drives, composed by Mark Buller, with a libretto Euan Tait; and
- Transformation—hela, composed by J.E. Hernández, set to Nahuatl poems.
The premieres will take place in two cultural havens in Houston’s Museum District, Rothko Chapel and The Menil Collection. Performances will begin at both sites at 6 p.m.; guests can also take advantage of HGO teaching artists providing walking tours of the spaces and guided interpretations of the compositions.
Following the concerts, at 7:45 p.m., a final gathering at Menil Park will welcome audiences to take part in a temporary labyrinth installation constructed for the evening by local artist Reginald Adams, and a performance by Houston 2022 poet laureate Outspoken Bean. The experience will be enhanced with take-home artifacts—meditation beads crafted by Houston multidisciplinary artist Eepi Chaad—as participants reflect on the event and the past six years.