Saturday, August 28, 2010
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002
The Katrina Ballads is a powerful new piece of music by Ted Hearne, performed by 5 singers and an ensemble of 11 musicians, drawn entirely from primary source-texts from the week following Hurricane Katrina; Katrina Ballads creates a vivid look into one of America’s darkest hours. Like American music and New Orleans itself, Katrina Ballads is an omnivorous and multi-stylistic work. It is rhythmic and dramatic music, with an edgy post-minimalist drive and a deep jazz influence. This new production features the work of renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison. Katrina Ballads is a riveting full-body experience, challenging us to remember that devastating and telling week in September 2005, and calling us to reflect upon our own history. Katrina Ballads was performed by the New York City Opera as part of their VOX: Showcasing American Opera Series. Too, it was the winner of the 2009 Gaudeamus International Festival Award and was performed in Amsterdam as one of the competing works in September 2009.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston’s City’s Initiative Program through the Houston Arts Alliance.