NBC Nightly News Broadcast: Houston Grand Opera Recovers

Here is a link to the NBC News spot that covers the opening of the Houston Grand Opera season in the brand new Resilience Theater in George R. Brown Convention Center. I was happy to speak about my beloved company and to share the roller coaster ride we have been experiencing since Hurricane Harvey. https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/houston-opera-house-heals-after-hurricane-harvey-1083209283757

From Home to Workplace: Finding the Spirit of Resilience after Hurricane Harvey

During Hurricane Harvey our home flooded for the third time, this time with a staggering amount of water... the high watermark stood at 56". That's 4'8". Enough water to come up to my eye level. Thankfully we were long evacuated at that point, and were able to remove many precious items. Our grand piano flipped … Continue reading From Home to Workplace: Finding the Spirit of Resilience after Hurricane Harvey

Wondrously Made: Nubia’s Shoes by Katherine McDaniel

We all have struggles in our lives, areas in which we are lacking. Why are some of us so resilient? This is the first of three poems which were commissioned by Houston Grand Opera for Houston Artists Respond, based on videos from Baker Ripley Community Center in Houston, Texas. I selected the stories of three women … Continue reading Wondrously Made: Nubia’s Shoes by Katherine McDaniel

Echoes of Water: Drumming by Katherine McDaniel

Humans living in modern cities have access to medicine, food and abundance. Despite opportunities, why are many of us unfulfilled? A few years ago, Houston Grand Opera sponsored a magical program called Houston Artists Respond. People from community centers in Houston, Texas, made videos in which they shared moments that shaped their lives. These were made available to … Continue reading Echoes of Water: Drumming by Katherine McDaniel

Facing Cancer: Yo soy un Corazón by Katherine McDaniel

This poem explores a woman's thoughts about her cancer diagnosis. Can creativity help us deal with life's twists and turns? Several years ago, I participated in a program sponsored by Houston Grand Opera called Houston Artists Respond. People from community centers in Houston, Texas, made videos in which they shared their experiences, parts of their lives. These … Continue reading Facing Cancer: Yo soy un Corazón by Katherine McDaniel

From Weapons to Stories: Repurposing the Park Avenue Armory

Can historic military landmarks find new purpose? Once crumbling, the Park Avenue Armory has reinvented itself by embracing the arts. The Seventh Regiment, or Park Avenue, Armory in New York City is impressive from the outside, filling an entire city block with its Gothic Revival style red brick bulk, complete with square, crenellated turrets and trimmed with granite. Hidden … Continue reading From Weapons to Stories: Repurposing the Park Avenue Armory

No Forgiveness: Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger at Houston Grand Opera

The Holocaust damaged humanity profoundly. Can art help us find that wrecked humanity even when it lies within a Nazi? This weekend Houston Grand Opera will present the American Premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger, with a libretto by Alexander Medvedev. It's a chilling piece, a horror opera that tells the story of prisoners and guards in … Continue reading No Forgiveness: Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger at Houston Grand Opera