OPERA

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Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar

The contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli was browsing through a Boston bookstore in 2004 when she stumbled upon the recently republished journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, the fin-de-siècle Swiss explorer and writer who died in a flash flood in Algeria in 1904 at the age of 27. Mazzoli became fascinated with Eberhardt, and ultimately decided to write a chamber opera based on the journals. The work debuted in New York in 2012 to rave reviews, and is making its Houston premiere this weekend. See our preview here

March 20 at 7:30. $30–65. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-524-7601. dacamera.com

Musical

Ace Young as Joseph and Diana DeGarmo as Narrator in “Jacob & Sons”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Book of Genesis tells us that Jacob “loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors.” This unlikely premise provided the inspiration for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice. Originally appearing as a concept album in 1969 and debuting on stage the following year, the musical has been performed by an estimated 20,000 schools and local theaters around the world. 

Thru March 29. $37.25–123.50. 713-558-887. Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. tuts.com

Concert

Hozier

The Irish-born singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne broke out in 2013 with his gospel-tinged single “Take Me to Church,” his personal credo of hedonistic paganism. He received international attention for the single’s powerful, monochromatic music video, which depicts a harrowing scene of homophobic violence and explicitly references Russian anti-gay legislation. 

March 19 (Thursday) at 7. $35. Warehouse Live, 813 Saint Emanuel St. 713-225-5483. warehouselive.com

The Band Perry

What better way to kick off the final weekend of the Livestock Show and Rodeo than with a barn-burning performance by The Band Perry, the mega-popular country group formed in 2005 by siblings Kimberly Perry (vocals and guitar), Reid Perry (bass guitar), and Neil Perry (drums). They may be young, but the band is already a rodeo veteran—this is their fourth straight year to play NRG Stadium. And with two multi-platium albums and three CMA awards under their belts, don't bet on this family band to go away anytime soon. 

March 20 at 6:45. $18–300. NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Pkwy. 888-596-4201. rodeohouston.com 

Reading

Kazuo Ishiguro

With seven novels and one story collection under his belt, the Japanese-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the major figures in contemporary world literature. His 1989 novel The Remains of the Day, which depicts the tragicomic life of a quintessentially English butler during World War II, won the Man Booker Prize, England’s most prestigious literary award, and was adapted into a critically acclaimed film; 2005’s Never Let Me Go formed the basis of another movie. Ishiguro comes to Houston on Monday to read from his new novel The Buried Giant, set in fifth-century England. See our preview here

March 23 (Monday) at 7:30. $5. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-521-2026. inprinthouston.org

 

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