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Houston’s Newest Opera Venue
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2:00-3:30P.M.
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Robert Yekovich, dean of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music for 18 years until his retirement in June 2021, and Miah Im, professor of opera and director of the Opera Studies Program, will welcome us to Houston’s newest performing arts venue, Brockman Hall for Opera, which together with Alice Pratt Brown Hall forms Rice University’s Brockman Music and Performance Arts Center, home of the Shepherd School of Music.
A long-time dream of Dean Yekovich, the arts center includes acoustically superior performance spaces for students at the Shepherd School as well as rehearsal halls, teaching studios, and practice rooms. Yekovich will share his vision for the project while he leads us on a tour of the 84,000-square-foot structure, designed by acclaimed architect Allan Greenberg. Our visit will be planned to coincide with a late afternoon rehearsal in the Lucian and Nancy Morrison Theater, a three-tiered, six-hundred-seat, European-style theater with an orchestra chamber for 70 musicians.
This year, Robert Yekovich returns to the composition faculty as the Elma Schneider Professor of Music at Rice. He received B.M. and M.A. degrees from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and his D.M.A. from Columbia University.
Miah Im joined the faculty of the Shepherd School in July 2020. She is also music director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Professor Im comes to Houston from the Los Angeles Opera, where she was the head of music staff, an assistant conductor, and pianist working with conductor James Conlon.