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The Making of a Snowy Day: An Opera for All
Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of The Snowy Day, a new opera based on the Ezra Jack Keats’s beloved children’s book of the same name, has been delayed until the 2021-22 season, but audiences will be able to get a taste of the upcoming production in this new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Annalise Ophelian. The free film goes behind the scenes, delving into how composer Joel Thompson, librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney, and the entire HGO creative team adapted the Caldecott Medal-winning story about Peter and his day of fun in the snow for the operatic stage.
Thru Jan 9, 2021. Free. Online. More info and stream at houstongrandopera.org.
Holiday in the Tre Virtual Experience
The Emancipation Park Conservancy is going digital for its second annual holiday event featuring multi-Grammy-Award-winner David De La Garza, “The Voice” finalist Shawn Sounds, and Houston artists Nesha Cortez and Patrice Dominique. The online celebration will also include a Frozen sing-along, dance performances, bike and toy giveaways, and a virtual tree lighting.
Dec 12. Free. Online. More info at Emancipation Park Conservancy’s Facebook page.
Tyshawn Sorey: Perle Noire Meditations for Josephine
Described as “one of the most important works of art yet to emerge from the era of Black Lives Matter,” this oratorio celebrates the life, activism, and artistry of African American icon Josephine Baker through music by composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey and poems by MacArthur Genius Claudia Rankine. The recent performance, made available from Da Camera’s archive, features members of the International Contemporary Ensemble alongside star soprano Julia Bullock. Da Camera’s special streaming premiere is already getting attention from both The New York Times and L.A. Times, so it’s certainly not one to miss.
Dec 11 Free, reservation is required. Online. More info and registration at dacamera.com.
Very Merry Pops
Michael Krajewski, former principal pops conductor of the Houston Symphony, returns to lead revelers in a rousing concert of holiday carols and other season favorites, including “Feliz Navidad,” “O Holy Night,” and even “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This joy-filled concert is being held both in-person and in a livestream format on select dates.
Thru Dec 20 (online livestream Dec 12 & 19). From $25 in person; $20 online. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St, and online. More info at houstonsymphony.org.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Travel to Narnia in this one-act adaptation of the most well-known tale in C.S. Lewis’s famous children’s series. A.D. Players’ performance is being staged on a specially built outdoor stage in the parking lot of the George Theater (click here to learn more about the company’s safety precautions). Be sure to bring your own lawn of camping chairs as well as face masks for this socially distanced show.
Dec 12–23. From $20 A.D. Players at the George, 5420 Westheimer.