Apollo Chamber Players presents Texas Roots on Saturday, March 12, 2016 (8pm) at Symphony Space in New York City, a concert program celebrating Texas heritage through the state’s distinctive musical history and mythology. Program features the fifth work of Apollo’s multi-year commissioning project, 20×2020, a string quartet based on Texas folk and indigenous music by El Paso native Arthur Hernandez, composer. The work will be presented alongside photographic images by award-winning photographer Chuy Benitez.
The concert also showcases music by Julia Smith, a Juilliard-educated 20th century composer born and raised in Denton, Texas. Her work to be presented, Quartet for Strings, evokes jazz and folk music elements within a distinctive Texas soundscape. Illustrating the important influence of Texas’ Czech heritage, Bedřich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, From My Life, will conclude the program.
“Texas Roots offers a multicultural, multisensory concert experience. Composer Arthur Hernandez and photographer Chuy Benitez offer a creative artistic lens with which to appreciate Texas’ wonderfully unique cultural tableau,” explains Artistic Director Matthew Detrick.
Mr. Hernandez shares: “Texas is a phenomenon like no other. No state in our union quite rivals the history, indigenous cultural diversity, and larger-than-life stature of Texas. Writing this work was a transformative experience for me. Having been an expatriate of Texas for half of my life, this project allowed me to reconnect with my native state and to learn even more about her than I had ever known.”