Houston Chamber Choir has just been signed to Signum Classics, a highly prestigious British record label which will release the company's fifth CD in April 2019 featuring the complete choral works of 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé with renowned organist Ken Cowan of Rice University. Signum Classics is one of the United Kingdom's leading independent classical labels and home to diverse and eclectic repertoire by some of the finest artists and singers from around the world.
Published on BroadwayWorld.com on October 2, 2018.
Marianna Parnas-Simpson is the chorus teacher at Parker Elementary School, a founding member of the Houston Chamber Choir, and the founder and artistic director of the Treble Choir of Houston. Yet, when she was 17, her life was on a very different path.
Published in Houston Press on September 25, 2018.
More than 85 guests flooded the Greenwood King Properties’ striking lobby space on Upper Kirby for the celebratory evening dubbed “Art & Soul.” Wine, beer, and a Local Foods’ catered spread provided sustenance thanks to Greenwood King associates Nancy Younger Kruka, a longtime Houston Chamber Choir supporter, and Elaine Ellender.
Published in Paper City Magazine online on September 24, 2018. Written by Errin Maye.
JC from The Bull After Dark on 100.3 The Bull sits down with Mariam Khalili, managing director of Houston Chamber Choir, to talk about their new season and the big award they are getting this month in Chicago from Chorus America. Visit HoustonChamberChoir.org for more information or to get a season pass.
Radio interview published on July 18, 2018.
It is the perfect time for a season dedicated to the “Art and Soul” of the HCC experience. “We want to express how we make music,” says Simpson, “how deeply we care about unlocking the emotional power behind the pieces we sing, transforming pretty into powerful.”
Published in Arts+Culture on July 13, 2018. Written by Sherry Cheng.
It won’t be just any night when a celebration of Leonard Bernstein is underway.
This Saturday, the 26 professional singers of the Houston Chamber Choir will perform a concert featuring the full range of the world-famous composer’s genius in 20 works, including excerpts from Broadway’s “West Side Story,” “Candide” and “On the Town,” alongside sacred choral pieces and selections from “Mass” at South Main Baptist Church.
The program honoring Bernstein’s centennial is one of nearly 3,000 events taking place worldwide over two years and will be presented through the eyes of his oldest child — New York-based concert narrator, writer and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on May 9, 2018.
Why does Houston need a professional choir?
It's a question Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of the Houston Chamber Choir, fielded often back in 1995, when for every one person who said, “Please bring a professional choir back to Houston,” there was another around to say, “We tried it. It didn’t work. Save your time.”
Luckily, Simpson ignored the naysayers and was rewarded when the choir was named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, as was announced on April 6.
Published in Houston Press online on April 12, 2018.
The beauty of this evening was that it was peppered throughout with performances by talented members of the choir. With the jazz theme, the music included solos as well as performances by the entire 26-member choir. Guests swayed between courses to tunes such as “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Blue Skies,” “Stormy Weather,” and, of course, “All That Jazz.”
Published in Paper City Magazine online on March 23, 2018. Written by Shelby Hodge.
EmcArts is delighted to announce that eight arts organizations, participants in New Pathways for the Arts | Houston, have been selected to move forward into the second phase of the program within two tracks of engagement, On-Site Organizational Coaching and Incubating Innovation. All 8 organizations have shown considerable courage, vulnerability, and strength in choosing to move forward in this way amidst recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.
Press release published on October 12, 2017 by EmcArts.
When Robert Simpson launched the Houston Chamber Choir 20 years ago, he brought a fresh cultural impetus to the city. He talks to David Blackwell about their eclectic repertoire and outreach programmes.
Published in Choir & Organ Magazine in the November/December 2015 issue, written by David Blackwell.