​Musica Viva NY presents "Songs of Lament and Praise"
Sunday Feb 28 at 5 PM presented online
Works by women composers
Sunday, February 28 at 5pm
Presented online

Pre-concert talk at 4:30pm
Musica Viva NY celebrates the eve of Women’s History Month with a program by women composers for voice and piano, as well as organ. The concert will take us on a journey through a range of emotional experiences, with works by a broad range of American, British, Canadian and Australian composers born in the 20th century, and a strong connection to the 11th century through Hildegard von Bingen in Frank Ferko’s Hildegard Organ Cycle.

Frank Ferko, Completion of the Cosmos, from the Hildegard Organ Cycle
Gilda Lyons, Songs of Lament and Praise: I. Eve’s Lament & II. Deirdre’s Lament
Thea Musgrave, A suite o’Bairnsangs: No. 2 Daffodils
Florence B. Price, Night
Elizabeth Poston, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Frank Ferko, Human Nature, from the Hildegard Organ Cycle
Gilda Lyons, Lake Song
Rebecca Clarke, A Dream
Betty Jackson King, In the Springtime
Gilda Lyons, Hold On
Jane Marshall, Words from Two Women: II

Frank Ferko, The Effect of Love, from the Hildegard Organ Cycle
Mary Carol Warwick, Hold My Hand
Lori Laitman, Four Dickinson Songs: 4, If I…can stop one Heart from breaking
Jennifer Higdon, To Home
Undine S. Moore, Love, Let the Wind Cry
Susan LaBarr, Grace Before Sleep

Musica Viva NY choir
Danielle Buonaiuto, soprano
Erinn Sensenig, soprano
Barbara Fusco-Spera, mezzo-soprano
Heather Petrie, alto
Shawn Bartels, tenor
Paul D’Arcy, tenor
Andrew Troup, tenor
David Baldwin, bass-baritone
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, piano & conductor
Trent Johnson, organ


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Welcome to the West

GUESS WHAT!!! Welcome to the West debuts

November 20 - 7:30 pm Central time.

This time, Lumedia brings early music to new audiences by combining Baroque fiddling tunes and 1940s western swing in a multimedia concert film about ranching life in the American West.

The baroque band provides the soundtrack, reanimating historic film footage and photographs from the Library of Congress. Lumedia Musicworks’ Texas ensemble expanded to collaborate with multiple videographers, cowboy poets and narrators from Texas, Nevada, South Dakota, Idaho and Utah.

Clearly, this will be a concert experience like no other! Check out the clips below and get your tickets.

Julianna Emanski
Artistic Director


Houston Philosophical Society Presents 
​November 19, 2020

Members of the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Chamber Choir, Foundation for Modern Music

Dr. Anne Leek (1st photo on right)
Associate Principal Oboe, Houston Symphony 

Emily Boudreaux (2nd photo on right)

Lia Rodi (3rd photo on right)
Multi Media Artist

November 19, 2020 
708th Meeting of the Houston Philosophical Society

Please Note:
This will be a Virtual ZOOM Meeting
(Please be sure to download the ZOOM software on your computer)
We will send you the Log-In Link before the event.

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Lia Rodi is a mixed-media and multi-media artist based in Houston,Texas. She creates energetic, transformational art that provides opportunities for connection between the maker and the viewer. With a focus on authenticity and intimacy, she strives to extract the essence of even the most inanimate objects. Lia holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from Montana State University. An architect of over 20 years and licensed through the State of Montana, Lia believes architecture is the best education in thought leadership, progressive change-making and service to others. 

Mary Carol Warwick

Emily Boudreaux a native of Houston, Emily received a Master of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Loyola University New Orleans. In 2016, Emily was a Fund for Teachers Fellow, which took her to Japan and South Korea to study traditional music of those countries. In graduate school, she was awarded the M. E. H. Lovett fellowship to study music at the University of Oxford and present a lecture in the UK. In addition to choir directing, Emily has worked as a music librarian, giving lectures on chamber music and opera.

Composer, librettist, educator

Dr. Anne Leek, DMA joined the Houston Symphony as Associate Principal Oboist in 1992. Before that she had a career as the first female oboist to sit in a Principal position in Germany under Christoph Eschenbach in the Rheinland-Pfalz orchestra and won the top prize in the Geneva International Music Competition. She has recorded extensively with Sony, DGG, Signum and many other labels. She premiered the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in 1988 and has worked as a soloist in Europe, South and North America. She taught at Indiana Univ, Bloomington, Arizona State and Univ of Houston, and she now teaches privately. Dr Leek is the artistic director of the Greenbriar Consortium.