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music performances

Young Audiences of Houston offers diverse arts-in-education performance programming for PK-12 students in an assembly setting. These innovative and culturally diverse programs introduce students to the arts through a balance of demonstration and student interaction through the highest quality artistry. Each performance program is aligned with the Texas state curricula and offers curriculum ties, classroom activities and discussion ideas, extension activities, program goals, objectives, vocabulary words, and teacher resources. All performances are 45 minutes.

Below you'll find information about:

  • Performances: For a student assembly, performances introduce students to an art form or culture through a balance of demonstration and student interaction.

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

Color Your World

PERFORMANCE

AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse

Join Andyroo on a musical journey to the Andyrooniverse — a magical town created by the ever-expanding landscape of children’s imaginations, where you’ll encounter swinging monkeys, Silly Sal the Salamander, and a big balloon that will whisk you away to a whole universe of exciting animated characters! Performances are great for schools and community sites, bringing the joy of music and storytelling to life for our youngest imaginations.

Single Performance

$385

Back to Back

Performance

$500

Participant Limit

250

Grade Levels

EC-2

Record a Song with AndyRoo!

PERFORMANCE

AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse

Write and record an original song with Andyroo in this unique assembly performance! Andyroo is writing songs for his animal friends in the Andyrooniverse, and he needs your help finding the parts! Join Andyroo on a musical journey to discover and learn about Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Timbre, Structure, and Dynamics. Using storytelling and music making, this program gives children an introduction to the world of songwriting, and encourages teamwork, listening, and motor skills.

Single Performance

$385

Back to Back Performance

$500

Participant Limit

250

Grade Levels

Age 3 - 3

Musical Melting Pot

PERFORMANCE

Apollo Chamber Players

The rich diversity of cultures in Houston offers an instructive look into the musical and folk elements of world cultures while serving as a microcosm for the United States’ unique ethnic melting-pot. Apollo takes students on an engaging musical world tour, performing music from Mexico, Spain, and the U.S. Appalachia region while illuminating the folk traditions, important historical figures and events, and cultural contexts of each of these regions. Along the journey, students gain insight into the instruments and workings of a string quartet and learn the similarities between musical language and basic human interactions.

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back Performance

$950

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-8

Renaissance Rock

PERFORMANCE

Ars Lyrica Houston

In "Renaissance Rock," Ars Lyrica's Resident Young Artist Touring Ensemble, Crumhorn Collective introduces audiences to more than fifteen fascinating wind and string instruments of the Renaissance. Through a lighthearted and highly entertaining program featuring dance and consort music from six different European countries, audiences explore the unique sound and instrumentation of Renaissance music. The highlight is a “mixed consort” presentation, in which audiences are invited to participate by suggesting different instrument combinations for the dance tunes they get to know. When space permits, the participants get up and learn several Renaissance dances themselves, which allows them to connect with the music on a physical level and enhances their understanding of Renaissance culture. Each presentation is adapted to the curricular needs of a particular grade level.

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back Performance

$1,100

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

Songs from the Heart

PERFORMANCE

Ars Lyrica

A bilingual program, "Songs from the Heart" introduces students to early vocal literature and period instruments from the Middle Ages through the early Classical era. This presentation, designed for big assemblies and curated by bilingual mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte, percussionist Jesus Pacheco Manuel, and gambist Pedro Funes, features solo vocal works in various languages and styles (with special emphasis on Spanish and Latin American repertoire) accompanied by percussion and continuo instruments. The program deepens students’ understanding of Western art music and enhances their general education. Through presentations of period instruments and demonstrations of historical performance practices, we strive to demystify the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. This program is also available in a sensory-friendly format for special needs students. 

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back Performance

$1,100

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

Harp History

PERFORMANCE

Ars Lyrica

Harp History, which features historical harp expert Therese Honey, traces the development of the harp from the Middle Ages to modern times and is specifically designed for PreK-5 students to address and enhance the requirements of STAAR standards. Working closely with classroom teachers, Ms. Honey incorporates a series of historic harp presentations into the music curriculum, giving students an understanding of how instruments produce sound and evolve over time. Familiar music examples are used as well as examples of earlier repertoire. The keys to this program are basic musical and acoustic concepts: tone, shape, pitch, vibration, resonance, and echo are all demonstrated with the active participation of students. "Harp History" includes a hands-on section, where students can play the instruments.

Single Performance

$425

Back to Back Performance

$600

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

PK-5

To Life: L'CHAYIM

PERFORMANCE

Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas

Try to escape the infectious spirit and high energy of Klezmer music: you'll find it irresistible! This unique musical style combines the haunting, lyric melodies of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies, the boisterous sound of Russian folk dances, and American jazz and swing rhythms of the 1920s and 30s. Together, they produce an electrifying world music that challenges you to remain in your seat. Interspersing this music with a fascinating description of the customs and culture of the creators of Klezmer makes the program as educational as it is entertaining.

Single Performance

$750

Back to Back Performance

$880

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-5

There Once Was a Town

PERFORMANCE

Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas

With the virtual destruction of Eastern European Jewish culture during the Holocaust comes the inevitable question: "How could such devastation occur and could it happen again in our lifetime?" Civilizations lacking the ability to respect the humanity of "the other" cannot help but breed intolerance and allow scapegoating of minority populations to prevail. There Once Was a Town recreates pride for the beauty of European Jewish cultural heritage by revitalizing the 400 year-old musical tradition of a bygone era through dynamic characterizations of Klezmer's electrifying and spirited world-beat. The artists intersperse their high-energy performances with a fascinating multimedia portrayal of the music, language, and customs of the once-vibrant Eastern European Jewish culture. The program is divided into three parts: Part One portrays the vibrancy of Eastern European Jewish culture (traditions and customs) prior to the events leading up to World War II; Part Two introduces content relating to the rise of Nazism and its effect on European Jewish culture; and Part Three relates to the American Jewish immigrant experience. The concept of the program is unified by integrating live klezmer instrumental and vocal music and dialogue with archival video footage.

Single Performance

$750

Back to Back Performance

$880

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

6-12

Jazz, Made in America

PERFORMANCE

Blue Gnus

Join us in the 1890’s as we explore the American melting pot that brought us jazz. See how this uniquely American form evolved through the 20th century. This history is portrayed through musical examples and the stories of the individuals who helped create this form of music.

Single Performance

$775

Back to Back Performance

$880

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-10

World of Percussion

PERFORMANCE

Brian Del Signore

The World of Percussion is a multi-media presentation with live percussion performance, artist interaction, and digital presentation, designed for elementary schools to instill a love for music at an early age. In this program, Houston Symphony Principal Percussionist, Brian Del Signore, introduces students to percussion instruments and rhythms in a geographical trip around the world. The program starts with an introduction to the symphony orchestra and the four instrument groups (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion). The word “percussion” is then defined and Mr. Del Signore discusses and shows examples of finding percussion instruments in the world around us, providing demonstrations and inviting student to take part in a world music “jam session”.

Single Performance

$450

Back to Back Performance

$625

Participant Limit

250

Grade Levels

1-5

Musical Seasons

PERFORMANCE

Carya Quartet

Using Vivaldi's four seasons, one of the first programmatic works written for strings, as a starting point, the Carya Quartet explores how we can use music to imitate sounds of nature and to explore the changing of seasonal patterns. The quartet presents different ways to characterize the seasons through movement, poetry, music, and culminates with leading the students in a performance of a summer thunder storm using body percussion and the instruments in the string quartet.

Single Performance

$700

Back to Back

Performance

$880

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

1-5

Inspiration: Black Classical Composers

PERFORMANCE

Carya Quartet

The Carya String Quartet will perform selections from Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s String Quartet No. 1 “Cavalry” (1956) and DBR’s String Quartet No. 5 “Rosa Parks” (2006) while sharing the history of Black American composers and discussing the influences, both classical and popular, that have shaped their works. The audience will then get a chance to join the quartet by helping them create a unique work using DBR’s Hip Hop Etudes and words that define historical Black heroes. The class will conclude with a performance reliant on audience participation.

Single Performance

$700

Back to Back Performance

$880

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

3-12

World Rhythm Synergy

PERFORMANCE

Dan Egger-Belandria

World Rhythm Synergy is a high-energy multicultural presentation that infuses explosive drumming with a meaningful lecture and group participation for up to 300 English or Spanish speaking students. Using percussion instruments from throughout the world, musician Dan Egger-Belandria demonstrates how people of different cultural backgrounds connect through drumming and dance. Throughout this ethnomusical journey, your students will have an opportunity to explore various African, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean rhythms and folklore that help explain the connection between African-American history and Hispanic heritage. *Available in English and Spanish.

Available Sept 16 – Oct 4, 2019

Single Performance

$550

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-12

History of the Harp: Innovation & Invention

PERFORMANCE

Hope Cowan

Join harpist Hope Cowan as she demonstrates one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful instruments.  From it’s humble beginnings as a hunter’s bow, the harp has evolved over thousands of years into the concert grand harp of today. Students will discover how the needs of players and composers throughout history sparked innovation and invention and led to changes in the harp. Through both visual and musical examples, student will experience the evolution of the harp throughout history. Music intersects with science as students learn how inventors and instrument makers applied the scientific process to adapt the harp to suit the musical needs of the time. 

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$400

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

2-12

Drum & Strum with JAWAD and Joseph

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PERFORMANCE

JAWAD & Joseph

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Through the use of voice, drum, banjo, and guitar, guitarist JAWAD and African drummer Joseph demonstrate two basic elements of music: rhythm and melody. The history and evolution of the drum and stringed instruments are discussed, as well as their contribution to these basic elements. Students learn the true meanings of tone, pitch, rhythm, and melody as they become part of a collective, interactive performance piece.

Single Performance

$350

Back to Back Performance

$450

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

1-12

Conflict and the Triple Cs with JAWAD and Ken

PERFORMANCE

JAWAD

This performance uses music and humor to address conflict resolution. When two artists are booked for the same day and time, a musical conflict erupts. Dr. Triple C comes to the rescue with a formula for conflict resolution. With audience participation, JAWAD and Ken learn how to solve their problems using consideration, compromise, and cooperation. Students demonstrate ways to use Dr. Triple C’s formula to resolve conflicts in their own lives.

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$450

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

1-5

Jojo Gitcho Banjo

PERFORMANCE

JAWAD

Through the use of 4 different banjos (two of them hand-made), original songs, storytelling and visual aids, JAWAD shares knowledge of music, science, history and social studies in a way that assures each audience leaves with more than they entered with. JAWAD operates on the premise that the banjo is nothing but a drum with a stick and strings. You’ll see the evolution of the banjo within both a musical and historical context. Audience participation is encouraged through original call and response songs written to weave history and storytelling together.

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$385

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

5-12

Kings & Queens of Jazz: Armstrong, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Dizzy, and the Count

PERFORMANCE

Jazz Houston

These concerts for Young People will take you on a musical journey of some of Jazz’s most iconic figures: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Hear the stories and anecdotes from their colorful lives, their individual impacts on Jazz, and enjoy the timeless sounds that made each of them American Jazz treasures. Each of these concerts can be extended to 90 minutes and feature each artist individually.

*Subsidies available, call for details. 

Single Performance

$950

Back to Back Performance

$1,250

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

2-12

Phone: 713.520.9264

Office: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027

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