TWO STAR SYMPHONY - Artist-in-Residence
Award-winning instrumental ensemble Two Star Symphony will be the Artist-in-Residence at 14 Pews for 2014! Two Star Symphony – a string quartet that expands to include 8 members – are known for composing and performing all original music and for collaborating with artists across a variety of mediums.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity this residency provides us to create music and performances within a specific venue. We’ve worked with 14 Pews repeatedly in the past and there are few spaces that can offer a flexible creative environment and such rich, warm acoustics,” according to Two Star.
Two Star Symphony will offer a series of performances throughout the year, ranging from intimate quartet recitals to burlesque shows, puppet performances, live film scores and culminating in the October world premiere of Two Star’s newest work, The Symphony of the Seven Deadly Sins. Seven Deadly Sins will feature the full 8-piece ensemble as well as local visual artists and additional performing guests.
14 Pews Executive Director Cressandra Thibodeaux welcomed the new Artists in Residence, saying “Two Star Symphony’s unique sound and approach to performance are a perfect fit for 14 Pews and will advance our mission goal to showcase local and regional talent. We look forward to an unforgettable year!”
ABOUT TWO STAR SYMPHONY: Two Star Symphony won “Best Indefinable Band” at the Houston Press Music Awards in 2009 and 2010, performed at the 2010 and 2011 SXSW Music Festival, and was featured speakers and performers at the 2010 TEDxHouston conference. Also in 2010, PBS broadcast a national feature about Two Star Symphony in conjunction with the SXSW appearance. In 2008, The Greater Houston Convention and Business Bureau named Two Star Symphony one of 15 reasons to visit Houston. In January 2012, The Houston Chronicle named Two Star’s Titus Andronicus the best local album of 2011. In November 2012, Two Star was honored by the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) as Artists of the Year. In 2013, Two Star’s first music video, The Ninth Level, was named Music Video of the Year by the Houston Press. Two Star has received coverage ranging from the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press and Austin Chronicle to the Huffington Post, New York Times and Spin Magazine.