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Mass Observation

  • St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe Street Houston, TX, 77056 United States (map)

A joint presentation of Musiqa and the Houston Chamber Choir

Tarik O’Regan is at the forefront of the most dynamic and frequently performed composers at work today.  His startling original work “Mass Observation,” scored for choir and six percussionists receives its southwest premiere with the Houston Chamber Choir’s performance.  It is a poignant meditation on the histories of our varied ambivalent relationships with surveillance in its myriad guises. The work takes its title from the British social research organization, Mass-Observation, which aimed to record everyday life in the United Kingdom.  Rounding out the program will be works by Augusta Read Thomas and two noted Houston composers, Karim Al-Zand and Marcus Karl Maroney.  

This exciting concert will be a true collaboration with our friends at Musiqa. Patrons will be lead on a musical journey throughout the evening with introductions from composers Tarik O’ Regan, Karim Al-Zand, and Marcus Karl Maroney, plus additional perspectives from Houston Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director Robert Simpson, and Artistic Director of Musiqa, Anthony Brandt.  

Patrons are invited to join the performers immediately after the performance for a celebratory affair at Yia Yia Mary's Pappas Mediterranean Kitchen.  This private party will take place on the patio, reserved exclusively for concert Patrons and Artists!  Yia Yia Mary's is located directly adjacent to the performance venue, so guests will have the option of walking to the party.  


Ample free parking is available to all patrons in the main parking lot of the church.

The concert will be held in the sanctuary of the church.

Earlier Event: February 3
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Later Event: May 18
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