Mitchell Center Artist-In-Residence Sarah Rothenberg Meshes Music, Imagery, Text In Oct. 18 Performance Of ‘Chopin In Paris’

Frederic Chopin's mesmerizing piano compositions and Charles Baudelaire's daring poetry are among the most distinctive artistic treasures of the 19th century. Both men's careers and lives were radically different, but their works share a unique, mysterious quality that continues to intrigue 21st century audiences.

Sarah Rothenberg, artistic director of Da Camera and artist-in-residence at the University of Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, meshes Chopin's atmospheric arrangements with Baudelaire's literary tapestries in her multi-media concert, "Chopin in Paris: Epigraph for a Condemned Book." The event offers Houstonians new ways to see, hear and experience these historic works.

Rothenberg's musical talents are showcased in her performance of Chopin's work while video, artwork, photographs (from Nadar, Charles Negre and others), and Baudelaire's poetry text are projected onto the stage. Illuminating the performance is the lighting of award-winning designer Jennifer Tipton.

Rothenberg will perform "Chopin in Paris: Epigraph for a Condemned Book" at 8 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater (500 Texas St.). This performance is presented by Da Camera in collaboration with the Mitchell Center. Prior to the concert, critic, translator and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard will conduct a talk at 7 p.m.

The event is part of the Mitchell Center's series "Damaged Romanticism in Music," co-presented with Blaffer Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition "Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion," (Sept. 13 - Nov. 15) which surveys a strand of contemporary art that puts emotions front and center, built on the knowledge that rebirth grows out of experiences of things gone horribly wrong.

Tickets for this event are $25, $35 and $45. Tickets are available by contacting Da Camera of Houston at 713-524-5050 or online at Tickets for students and senior citizens are always half price. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

WHAT: "Chopin in Paris: Epigraph for a Condemned Book"
WHEN: 8 p.m., Oct. 18
WHERE: Wortham Center - Cullen Theater
500 Texas St.
Houston, Texas
WHO:; UH's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Da Camera of Houston,

About the Mitchell Center
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing, visual and literary arts. From our base at the University of Houston, we offer public events, residencies and courses that fuse artistic disciplines, ignite dialogue and present new ways of experiencing the arts in contemporary life. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five units at the University of Houston: The School of Art; Creative Writing Program; Moores School of Music; School of Theatre and Dance; and Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston. For more information about the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, visit