Best performing arts this week: 8-14 January 2024

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Garden Theater Highlights Mix-MATCH Festival Among 30+ Performing Arts Organizations Saturday | Photo: Pin Lim; courtesy of MATCH

Check out the latest performing arts and theater events opening in Houston from Monday, January 8 through Sunday, January 14, 2024

This week features the return of ROCO to Saint Arnold, Ishida Dance’s first show of the year, and a super-sized, all-day performing arts festival at MATCH.

Looking for ways to keep the theater calendar on track? We’ve got you covered with this series of weekly roundups tracking the opening of theaters and performing arts institutions in the city of Houston.

Here is our list of must-visit places:

The best performing arts opening this week: January 8 to 14, 2024

  • ROCO presents Beer and brass in St. Arnold Brewing Company | Tuesday, January 9 – The popular tradition returns as the ROCO Brass Quintet offers brasserie music and favorite brass arrangements. The beginning of this new year is an evening of fun and friendship for the whole family. Craft beers, root beer and nibbles included in ticket price. $50 and up; $15 for children. 6:30 in the evening.
  • Beethoven at the Bayou Festival at the Archway Gallery | Wednesday, January 10 – La Speranza continues its three-concert Beethoven festival with an appearance at the Dunlavy Art Gallery in Montrose. This second of three concerts includes Quartet No. 5 in A major and Quartet No. 6 in B flat major. $25. 7 in the evening.
  • Ishida Dance presents memory in Hobby Center | Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 – Catch an evening of dance with works choreographed by Ishida Dance, French choreographer Jeremy Galdeano and Swedish dancer and choreographer John Wannehag, formerly with German ensemble tanzmainz. The company was recently named one of the Dance Magazine’s 25 Companies to Watch in 2023 $38 and up. 7:30 in the evening.
  • The Houston Symphony Orchestra presents the works of Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony in Jones Hall | Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 14 – The composer traveled to Scotland as a young man and the result is this joyous, uplifting composition that is clearly a love letter to the country. A. Klein Color field and Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2 are also on the bill. $34 and up. Friday and Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
  • Mix-Match: Mixed Arts Festival at MATCH | Saturday, January 13 – This first-of-its-kind festival runs for 12 hours, inviting audiences to come and see more than two dozen small and medium-sized Houston arts organizations provide compelling live performances, interactive activities and more from across the spectrum of the performing arts. Festival passes are $25 and include admission to all performances, a mimosa start with brunch, four complimentary drink tickets and admission to the closing reception featuring Christina Wells. 10 am to 10 pm.
  • Mercury presents The Purple Prince of Venice at Wortham Center | Saturday, January 13 – Through costumes and multimedia effects, you will find yourself immersed in what is part concert, part drama and part historical narrative. Will Vivaldi or Paganini, two masters of the violin, come out on top? Find out in this evening of magic that was a hit with Houston audiences when it premiered in 2015. $25 and up. 8 in the evening.
  • Je’Caryous Johnson presents New Jack City in Hobby Center | Saturday January 13th and Sunday January 14th – With music from the classic film, this live theatrical production tells the story of Nino Brown, a Harlem drug lord who must decide between loyalty, money or total domination. $45 and up. Screenings vary.

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Holly Berreto writes about food and wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local and regional publications. In addition to 365 things to do in Houstonher work appeared in Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Bayou City Magazine, In the center, Galveston Monthly and A woman from Houston. She is also a regular contributor to Eater.com’s Houston site. She received her BA in Mass Communication with a Minor in Professional Writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her MA in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism from Saint Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. A native of Rhode Island, she has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship in the Catholic Church of St. Archangel Michaelpublished by Bright Sky Press.

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