Snows Always Melts
to Aug 25

Snows Always Melts

You are invited to attend a free public preview of Snows Always Melt, a multidisciplinary art installation that joins an original music composition with programmed LED lights to create a light and sound sensory experience. Visual Artist Britt Thomas and Composer Joel Love are collaborating to create a unique interpretation of the various stages of one’s life. Inspired by how our relationship to the winter holiday season evolves throughout our lives, the musical composition and visual presentation works together to create an experiential visceral reflection on one of our most beloved holidays. This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Spring Street Studios, Studio #134
1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007

Preview Reception: Friday, August 23rd, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
On View: Saturday, August 24th, 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday, August 25th, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Britt Thomas is a multidisciplinary lens-based artist residing in Houston, Texas. She engages in a concept-driven studio practice that frequently utilizes photography and video due to their uncanny ability to simultaneously reflect and manipulate reality. At the center of her art exploration is the shared experience, seeking simple yet complex ways to analyze her relationship to others and to culture at large.

Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Thomas earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art with minors in dance and art history from Lamar University and a M.F.A. in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston. She is a 2018 recipient of Houston Arts Alliance’s SACI artist grant and has art permanently on view at the George R. Brown Convention Center through Houston’s public art collection. Her art has been exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally, recently at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, CA Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and the CICA Museum in Gimpo, South Korea.

Joel Love’s compositions often seek to marry Western classical music with popular music and jazz, which shaped his early life in Texas and Louisiana. His compositions play with an eclectic range of musical idioms to create powerful connections with the audience. From jazz-tinged reinventions of Chopin to wind pieces performed by prestigious ensembles around the world, Joel’s music is hailed for its ability to produce a cinematic, emotional, and gripping experience.

His recent concerto for alto saxophone, Solace: A Lyric Concerto was performed by Steven Banks and the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Chien-Kwan Lin and the Eastman Wind Ensemble at Severance Hall, and was featured on the United States Air Force Band’s most recent release, Illuminations. His 2016 saxophone octet, Three Images, has been performed on five continents and recorded by the Taiwan-based MIT Saxophone Ensemble.

Joel enjoys cross-disciplinary collaborations, and wrote the award-winning Lightscape for James Turrell’s Austin Skyspace. Other highlights include scores for film and videos screened at the Carmel Art and Film and Sedona Film Festivals.

As a pianist, Joel performs a wide variety of styles, from contemporary classical to jazz. He holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin and is Professor of Music at Houston Community College.

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An Evening of Chamber Music by Joel Love
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening of Chamber Music by Joel Love

San Antonio College is pleased to welcome special guest composer Joel Love for a musical showcase featuring young and talented chamber music groups from around the city. Hailed as "extremely moving" by New Music Box and "especially sweet" by the Austin American Statesman, the music of Joel Love (b. 1982) explores an eclectic mix of genres, from short video pieces to works for chamber and large ensembles. This recital will feature new and exciting works and offer students an opportunity to interact with this critically acclaimed composer.

This concert is FREE, with an option to donate (at the concert) toward the Friends of Music at San Antonio College scholarship fund.

7pm Concert
1415 N Main Ave, at the corner of N. Main and W. Laurel.

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Musica Dei, donum optimi: UP WS
3:00 PM15:00

Musica Dei, donum optimi: UP WS

February 17 @ 3PM — Chapel of Christ the Teacher, Portland, OR

The University of Portland Wind Symphony, Patrick Murphy, conductor, will play a program featuring Musica Dei, donum optimi.

George Farmer - When Angels Weep
Julie Giroux - The Grace in Being
Joel Love - Musica Dei, donum optimi
David Maslanka - Illumination
Claude T. Smith- God of Our Fathers
Frank Ticheli - Angels in the Architecture

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Solace: A Lyric Concerto - University of Illinois Wind Ensemble
7:30 PM19:30

Solace: A Lyric Concerto - University of Illinois Wind Ensemble

  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall (map)
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Illinois Wind Symphony

  • Friday, December 7, 2018

  • 7:30 PM  9:00 PM

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall (map)

Illinois Wind Symphony
Stephen Peterson, conductor

American Music

Stephen Taylor, Always Coming Home
Joel Love, Solace for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
Jodi Blackshaw, Peace Dancer
Aaron Copland, Outdoor Overture
Percy Grainger, Gumsucker’s March
Steven Bryant, New Illinois Commission for Wind Ensemble (title t.b.a.)

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Solace: A Lyric Concerto - University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble
7:30 PM19:30

Solace: A Lyric Concerto - University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble

UM Gusman Concert Hall
Saxophonepalozza—Frost Wind Ensemble
Robert M. Carnochan, conductor
Tina DiMeglio, guest conductor
Matt Browne, Joel Love, and Carlos Simon, guest composers
Dale Underwood, alto saxophone 
PRISM Quartet, guest saxophone quartet
Celebrate the sound of everyone’s favorite horn! The Frost Wind Ensemble hosts top saxophonists PRISM Quartet, in the world premiere of Matt Browne’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and Dale Underwood, in Joel Love’s Lyric Concerto. The Frost Wind Ensemble opens with the exhilarating work of Carlos Simon, an innovative composer and rising star whose music straddles the worlds of jazz, gospel, classical, and neo-romanticism.

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Solace:  A Lyric Concerto - UNCSA Wind Ensemble
7:30 PM19:30

Solace: A Lyric Concerto - UNCSA Wind Ensemble

Faculty Artist Robert Young joins the Wind Ensemble for the North Carolina premiere of Joel Love’s “Solace: A Lyric Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble,” a work the composer describes as being “inspired by selected meaningful texts that deeply engage with lyricism.” Also on the program is Percy Grainger’s timeless classic “Lincolnshire Posy,” a musical portrait of six folk songs that mimic the unique stylizing of the local musicians who “sang so sweetly to me.”  

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