Musiqa’s 2022/2023 season gives voice to emerging artists from Houston and across the country with performances celebrating their new music, poetry, film and dance creations. We remain committed to serving our entire community with pay-what-you-can performances that make art affordable for everyone, educational programs that foster the creativity of younger generations, and of course… world premieres of new compositions unlike anything else on Houston stages. Join us this season as we leap into our third decade of adventurous programming.

New Voices – October 14 & 15, 2022 at MATCH

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Musiqa presents world premieres by Flannery Cunningham and Will Healy winners of our Emerging Composer Commissions, as well as the world premiere of a new work by Benjamin Horne, the first ever winner of our Cross-Country Chamber Consortium award for Black, Latinx and Indigenous composers. This stunning slate of emerging talent represents the future of new music, and will be joined onstage by Houston poet J. Estanislao Lopez who will present new works specifically commissioned for the occasion.

FotoFest – October 27 at Silver Street Studios

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Musiqa presents four new works commissioned for a musical performance of the FotoFest Biennial 2022 exhibition, If I Had a Hammer. Written by finalists in Musiqa’s annual Emerging Composer Fellowship competition, each performance piece will draw its inspiration from the artwork of FotoFest Biennial artist Mike Osborne, resulting in a one-of-a-kind program for clarinet and percussion lasting approximately forty minutes.

For two decades, Musiqa has been known for its commitment to new voices and collaboration with artists of all sorts. In keeping with our mission to make new music available to audiences everywhere, this event is free to the public.

Musiqa Mixer – December 15 at the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, MFAH

Musiqa presents a free program of works by modern Colombian composers inspired by the exhibit “Golden Worlds: The Portable Universe of Indigenous Colombia.” This is the first of three performances in this space this season as Musiqa embarks on a new collaboration with the MFAH!

New Movement – January 20 & 21, 2023 at MATCH

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Musiqa is thrilled to once again join forces with the Houston Ballet HBII program to support the creation of a new work by an emerging choreographer.  Corps de Ballet member Madison Russo is collaborating with Musiqa’s artist board to create this world premiere performance. The program also includes the Houston premiere of works by Musiqa’s Artistic Board members Karim Al-Zand and Pierre Jalbert.

New Film – March 4 & 5, 2023 at MATCH

Musiqa is teaming up with Houston Cinema Arts Society to bring back one of its most popular collaborations. Join us for two nights in March as we present cinema designed for live music performances with a slate of films never seen before in Houston. 

New Art – April 29 & 30, 2023 at MATCH

Musiqa has a rich history of exploring the visual arts, from collaborations with painters like Geraldina Interiano Wise to our ongoing partnership with the CAMH. This spring we’ll continue that tradition with a concert featuring the premieres of new works by Emerging Composer Fellowship winners Ryne Siesky, Tianyi Wang and Sam Wu, and a presentation of new work by Houston-based visual artist Carrie Marie Schneider.

And much more…

…including collaborations with Fotofest and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and more sessions of our MusiqaLab program for young composers in area high schools.

Musiqa: Exploring new music, dance, literature and visual art since 2002