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Houston Arts & Humanities Guide - LSC-North Harris

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This guide includes the major arts organizations in the Houston metropolitan area, as well as general sites that provide information about many and varied groups.

General Sites & Multiartits Groups select to expand list

  • Houston Theater District
    at the north end of downtown is a whirlwind of activity that circles around the performing arts; the neighborhood is also home to a wide array of restaurants and special attractions.
  • Houston Museum District
    has 16 museums listed on its page, including the Holocaust Museum, the Houston Zoo, and the Children's Museum. This is THE page to consult when planning a museum excursion.
  • Fresh Arts Coalition
    is a collaborative of 15 small and mid-sized arts organizations with a shared mission: to promote the arts and participation in the arts throughout Houston.
  • Miller Outdoor Theater
    in Hermann Park offers plays, music, dance, and festivals March through November, and every performance is free.
  • The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
    of the Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, is an outdoor amphitheater which offers a wide array of arts events and entertainment every season, including classical music, jazz, country, rap, theater, and ballet, with both local and touring performers.
  • Society for the Performing Arts
    brings a broad selection of performing artists and companies from around the world to Houston.
  • The Grand 1894 Opera House
    brings a broad selection of performing artists and performances to Galveston.
  • Diverse Works
    "is a nonprofit art center dedicated to presenting new visual, performing, and literary art."
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
    "is the state agency charged with the development of a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. ... serves constituents in each of the six artistic disciplines (visual arts, theatre, dance, music, media and literature) as well as local arts agencies."
  • Houston Arts Alliance (Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County)
    The "Cultural Arts Council's efforts directly benefit over 200 nonprofit organizations who are committed to providing quality artistic programming to residents and visitors to the Greater Houston area."

Music select to expand list

  • Houston Symphony Orchestra
    welcomes new music director Andres Orozco-Estrada and celebrates its 100th annversary in 2013.
  • Houston Grand Opera
    has a well-deserved reputation for presenting fabulous productions of operatic masterpieces as well as promoting new works by contemporary composers (e.g., Nixon in China by John Adams).
  • Houston Masterworks Chorus
    Houston's largest independent chorus, is a community arts organization which offers performances spanning the range of choral music, from classical to contemporary.
  • Houston Chamber Choir
    the city's only professional concert choir, offers seldom-heard works from all musical periods, established masterpieces, and new works, especially from Texas composers.
  • Houston Early Music
    is an organization that brings early music specialists to Houston, giving local audiences the opportunity to hear historically informed performances of Early, Renaissance, and Baroque music.
  • Guitar Houston
    brings top-tier classical guitarists to Houston for five concerts each season.
  • Opera in the Heights
    is a nonprofit regional opera company which offers four fully staged operas every season in an intimate setting at affordable prices.
  • Da Camera of Houston
    offers "thematically programmed concerts" featuring international, nationally known, and local musicians in concerts that cover a broad range of repertoires, from art songs to chamber music to jazz.
  • Mercury 
    explores music of the 17th and 18th centuries from a variety of cultures. This small ensemble embraces performance practices and instruments authentic to the period of the music they play.
  • Istanpitta
    is a medieval music ensemble that performs both locally and across the country.
  • Ars Lyrica Houston
    presents Baroque music at various venues around the Houston area. Ars Lyrica's musicians are well-known local musicians; the group collaborates with other music groups to present a varied concert season.
  • The Bach Society
    at Christ the King Lutheran Church presents J. S. Bach's sacred music (Vespers) several times every season, often featuring visiting European musicians.
  • Rice U.: Shepherd School of Music
    offers a full concert schedule; most performances offered by students and by faculty are free.
  • Houston Friends of Music
    brings chamber music ensembles to Houston; concerts are presented in Stude Hall at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music.
  • UH: Moores School of Music
    offers a full concert schedule of student and faculty and guest artist performances at inexpensive prices. The Moores School has several performing music ensembles.
  • Every December, Revels Houston
    offers its holiday program at the Moores Opera House, celebrating the Winter Solstice with a different cultural perspective each year. The 2004 Christmas Revels will focus on the traditions of Scotland.

Danceselect to expand list

  • Houston Ballet
    is America's fifth largest ballet company, with a vibrant repertoire and a well-respected Academy that regularly supplies the ballet company with new talent.
  • Earthen Vessels 
    is a contemporary ballet ensemble that seeks to educate as well as entertain; to that end it offers orientations, workshops, and after-performance talks to its audiences.
  • Chrysalis Dance Company
    has presented modern dance to Houston audiences since 1983; Chrysalis frequently collaborates with other arts groups (e.g., jazz ensembles) and offers new choreography.
  • Core Performance Company 
    founded in 1980, is a professional dance organization that presents experimental contemporary dance and movement.
  • The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company
    is an arts and educational organization that offers professional performances, classes for adults, classes for children, and a youth dance company.

Theater/Drama/Filmsselect to expand list

  • Alley Theatre
    founded in 1947, is Houston's professional resident theater company, performing in its two-theatre complex year round.
  • TUTS (Theater Under The Stars)
    is Houston's musical theater company, offering entertainment since 1968 when it premiered at Miller Outdoor Theater. Recently on stage at Hobby Center, TUTS offered Flower Drum Song and Oliver, among other musicals.
  • The Ensemble Theatre
    is Houston's largest Black theatre company. Founded in 1976 by actor/director George Hawkins, its mission is to preserve African-American artistic expression.
  • HITS Theater
    specializes in professional-quality theatre training for children and in family-oriented Broadway-style performances.
  • Stages Repertory Theater
    was started in 1978 as Houston's "maverick" professional theater, and it still produces new works as well as modern classics. Early Stages is their program for children.
  • Main Street Theater
    an Equity company, was "founded to meet two needs: to offer Houston theatergoers a more varied and challenging selection of plays and musicals and to provide a venue for training, employment and exposure for our city's professional theater artists."
  • The Crighton Players, the Little Theatre of Conroe
    north of Houston, is a community theater founded in 1969. It is the resident theater group of the Crighton Theatre, a restored 1934 theater house considered "the Crown Jewel of Montgomery County."
  • Broadway in Houston 
    Brings top-notch Broadway theater to Houston stages.
  • Southwest Alternate Media Project
    promotes the creation and appreciation of new film, video and digital work.
  • Rice University Media Center
    the home of film and photography at Rice University, offers independent first-run and classic films at the Rice Film, often with an international bent (e.g., an annual Iranian film festival).
  • MFAH Films
    program screens classic and contemporary independent films, often presenting films in conjunction with appearances by media artists, critics, and scholars whose perspectives add fresh insights for the audience.
  • Landmark Theatres of Houston
    The River Oaks Theatre shows a select list of non-traditional movies from around the world; they are part of the art-house chain Landmark.
  • Movie listings from 29-95 (used by Chron.com)
    will steer you to all the big Hollywood motion pictures in all the big chains.

Museums & Galleriesselect to expand list



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