Each week, we’ll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, and more from around the web — all curated by the Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. In this digest, immerse yourself in music, dance, and more by innovative performing artists.

Virtual Festival 20×2020

Apollo Chamber Players presents the digital edition of their Festival 20×2020, a virtual celebration of their multi-year commissioning project that has debuted 20 new multicultural and folk music-inspired works. In a series of videos, you’ll experience two world premieres, new studio performances, previous concert performances, composer and artist interviews, and new choreography created and danced by artists from Houston Ballet.

Virtual Festival 20×2020 premiered August 27, and airs every Thursday and Sunday through November 1, 7 p.m. Central Time on Apollo Chamber Players’ YouTube and Facebook pages.

Learn more about the festival »

Coreyah: Psychedelic Korean Folk

Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Since their 2010 debut, Coreyah has pioneered a new style of Korean music that blends genres of contemporary ethnic and popular sounds while maintaining the distinctive characteristics of traditional Korean instruments. At this special virtual concert, Coreyah performs music from their latest album Clap & Applause, showcasing their long-standing effort to infuse pop into traditional music through a bold, youthful style, heartfelt lyrics, and a psychedelic sound.

This virtual concert streams live Tuesday, September 29, 6 p.m. Central Time on YouTube.

Enjoy a sneak peek with their NPR Tiny Desk Concert at Home »

2020 Singapore Literature Festival: Celebrity and Celebration with Amanda Lee Koe and Paula Mendoza

Asia Society and Singapore Unbound present a reading and discussion from the Fourth Singapore Literature Festival in New York City. The word “celebrity” has its roots in the idea of celebration, which evokes not just an honored person but also a festive place. How does contemporary writing, in prose and verse, take up the terms of celebrity and celebration? Amanda Lee Koe (Delayed Rays of a Star) and Paula Mendoza (Play for Time) read from their scintillating literary debuts and discuss their personal forms of celebrating. Moderated by Diane Josefowicz.

View the free webcast on Friday, October 2, 8:30 p.m Central Time.

Register in advance »

The Director’s Chair: An Interview with Charles-Louis Yoshiyama

Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch interviews principal dancer Charles-Louis Yoshiyama in an episode of the weekly YouTube series “The Director’s Chair.” Charles-Louis joined the Asia Society in the premiere production of ASTC’s debut commission Tsuru, as well as a follow-up at Miller Outdoor Theatre in 2018. Learn about his journey to becoming a dancer and some of the roles he has performed through the years.

See the Tsuru preview »
Learn about the Tsuru premiere performance »
Learn about the 
Tsuru performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre »

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About Asia Society at Home

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About Asia Society Texas Center

With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.

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