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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.​

 

 

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

Orígenes: Interact & Explore Spanish and

Latin American Cultures

PERFORMANCE

Ars Lyrica

Orígenes is a bilingual, interactive program that introduces K-12 students to early vocal literature and period instruments with an emphasis on Spanish & Latin American cultures. This program, curated by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and percussionist Jesús Pacheco, features impassioned vocal works accompanied by historical percussion and string instruments. Orígenes connects students to the musical heritage of earlier Spanish & Latin American cultures while examining the different roles in a classical music ensemble. This program is available for in-person presentation for K-12 and virtual presentation for early and late primary that can be customized with interactive activities that fit the needs, curriculum, and age range of the audience.

Single Performance

$875

Back to Back Performance

$1,300

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

Virtual

Performance

$450

+Classroom Extension

$150

Participant Limit

Campus Grade Level Groupings

Grade Levels

K-12

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

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 Spring 2021

Single Performance

$550

Back to Back Performance

$650

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-12

From the Forest to the Stage:

Tracing an Instrument's Creation Around the World

PERFORMANCE

Hope Cowan

Learn how different businesses and suppliers help to create musical instruments. Students will learn about the production, supply chains, trades, manufacturing, and skilled labor required to build a harp. This is a fun way to inspire students to think critically and creatively about economic ecosystems and how products are brought to market. They will also get to hear the beautiful music created by the harp, and about how instrumental music can entertain and bring people together in different ways. They will also have the opportunity to learn and practice the “role” of the audience. (slideshow presentation and live performance)

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$400

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

3-12

Storytelling through Sound

PERFORMANCE

Hope Cowan

Description: Music tells stories just like your favorite books. Experience both a performance element and an interactive project element. Explore the techniques composers use to tell their stories, and relate the musical ideas back to literary techniques. Students can then invent their own sound story, and hear it come to life on the harp in the second portion of this visit. Please allow for a 90m session. 

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$400

Participant Limit

50

Grade Levels

K-12

Drum & Strum with JAWAD and Joseph

PERFORMANCE

JAWAD & Joseph

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.

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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

Everybody is Smart!

A Social Emotional Learning Experience

PERFORMANCE

JAWAD

This performance inspires young learners to feel empowered and embrace expression through music, art, singing, and character creation. Students actively participate in musical self-exploration utilizing both literacy and numeracy while engaging in group interaction, self-reflection, and emotional reflection.  

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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