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Passion Labs and Seminars for Adults

For life-long learners seeking to nourish their passion and curiosity for the arts through only-at-UH, deep-diving discussion groups, classes, and social learning experiences.

Passion Lab: Stravinsky and Stella, Sonic Collage

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 5:30 – 7PM 

What: How can visual art concepts and language help us notice more details in a complex piece of music?  

This Passion Lab starts with an examination of Euphonia!, the massive, immersive Frank Stella mural in the Moores Opera House.  Susana Monteverde, who was part of team that created the mural, will share her insights into how this miraculous artwork was made.  After this conversation, Dean Andrew Davis will help apply the same concepts and descriptive language, such as collage, line, texture, and color contrast, to an analysis of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.  It's going to be a riotous good time!  

Who: Andrew Davis, Dean of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts; Susana Monteverde, artisan who helped create Frank Stella's Euphonia!; Evan Leslie, Community Arts Academy Director  

7:30 PM, attend the Moores School Symphony Orchestra performance of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring as a Community Arts Academy VIP

Register HERE 

Passion Lab: Piano and Cello Dissection 

Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 3PM 

What: How does wood, gut, hair, sap, felt, and iron transform into otherworldly sounds and music?  Join us for a cello and piano dissection with master piano technicians and luthiers.  Investigate up-close how the physics and materiality of these instruments effect a musician's expressive potential. After this interactive, hands-on session with real and historic pianos, cellos, and bows, attend an open rehearsal and conversation with Moores School faculty pianist Andrew Staupe and cellist Eunghee Cho.  Better understand how master musicians create music by understanding how the tools they use work.  

Who: Eunghee Cho, cellist; Andrew Staupe, piano; Corbin Sturch, piano technician; and Evan Leslie, cellist and Community Arts Academy Director  

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 6PM, attend Faculty Recital: Eunghee Cho, cello and Andrew Staupe, piano 

Euphonia! Intersection of Music and Art

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This interdisciplinary seminar uses visual art concepts to help us hear music more vividly and music listening skills to help us look at art more deeply. The seminar culminates with a Moores School Symphony Orchestra concert, underneath Frank Stella's modern art masterwork EuphoniaJoin us for a feast of the senses!

This seminar includes free tickets to the Moores School Symphony Orchestra's Oct 1. performance of Maurice Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suites and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4 



Music Dissection – Bach, Chopin, gut, hair, wood, sap, felt, and steel   

How does wood, gut, hair, sap, felt, and steel transform into lines, textures, and colors? A conversation and performance demonstratioexploring Johann Sebastian Bach and Chopin preludes.

Inside and Up Close – Frank Stella's Euphonia   

Enter the ecstatic universe of Frank Stella's Moores Opera House installation Euphonia. Like a symphony, this masterwork of painting and collage was created through collaboration among many artists, bringing forth a spectacular treat for the sensesThis session will include special guest, Susana Monteverde, one of the artists who helped create Euphonia.

Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Line, Texture, and Color     

A guided listening and discussion session on Ravel and Tchaikovsky.  View costume designs and landscape paintings in dialogue with music recordings. Discover a how sound becomes cinematic.

Immersive Concert Experience

Moores School Symphony Orchestra's performance (Concert tickets included with seminar tuition).  

Enjoy an exclusive post-concert gathering and discussion session with special guest performers and scholars from the Moores School of Music. 


Backstage Pass

This exclusive course takes you into unseen corners of the McGovern College of the Arts: backstage to the costume shop and theatrical lighting lab; up into the ecstatic universe of Frank Stella's Moores Opera House mural, Euphonia; inside a priceless piano; out onto the football field with the marching band drill designer; plus, other fascinating, fun places behind the curtain.

Tennessee Williams Table Read

A reading group, where one of Williams’ most trusted producing partners is our guide. The papers of Cheryl Crawford (1902-1986), pioneering woman Broadway producer, are deposited in the UH Library. Unseen letters, script notes, and production documents will enhance an exploration of several of Williams’ most loved and daring plays.

What is Color?

A botanist, an optometrist, an opera singer, a pianist, a theatrical lighting designer, and a photographer all try to explain: What is Color?

What is Time?

A composer, a dancer, a poet, a historian, an athlete, and a photographer all try to explain: what is time?