Apollo Chamber Players presents Episode 15 of Virtual Festival 20×2020, featuring a reimagined performance of their string quartet commission by legendary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer – Nostalgia de las Montañas. Featuring new choreography by Houston Ballet Principal dancer Melody Mennite, with Cuban-born Houston Ballet artists Monica Gomez, Estheysis Menendez and Gretal Batista.
Award-winning Cuban author Lorenzo Martinez and Brazilian visual artist Tony Parana also join the conversation, moderated by local media personality St. John Flynn.
Virtual Festival 20×2020 celebrates the conclusion of Apollo’s expansive initiative to commission 20 new multicultural works by 2020. The Festival has been reimagined in the time of COVID, featuring digital world premieres, new studio performances, and innovative dance collaborations with Houston Ballet artists. St. John Flynn hosts new episodes every Thursday and Sunday from August 27 through November 1, 2020.
Cuarteto No. 6 “Nostalgia de las Montañas” was premiered in Houston TX on September 29, 2018.
Videography: Ben Doyle, Runaway Productions
Audio: Ryan Edwards and Shannon Smith, Coincident Sound
Apollo Chamber Players would like to extend a special thanks to commission underwriters Lorenzo Martinez, Shelby Allen and Polly Johnson, and Roger and Candice Moore.