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  1. 24 Oct
    Mon / 2011
    On Sunday afternoon, four members of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra- Timothy Hester,(Fortepiano), Oleg Sulyga (Violin), Rene Salazar (Viola), and Barrett Sills (Cello)- will perform Mozart’s Piano Quartets in Rienzi’s Gallery Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is probably one of the most well known Classical music composers. Born in 1856 to Leopold and Anna Maria Pertl Mozart, young Wolfgang was taught violin and keyboard by his father, a composer and music teacher. An...

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  2. 06 Oct
    Thu / 2011
    On Sunday, October 16th, Early Music Southwest, an international collaboration of baroque musicians, will open their Rienzi recital series with “Schubertiade.” This performance will highlight the Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s famous song cycle Die schöne Müllerin. Die schöne Müllerin is based on Shöne Müllerin, a lyric sequence written by one of Schubert’s contemporaries, the German poet Wilhlem Müller. In 1820, the 23 poems that form Shöne Müllerin were published in Müller’s Sixty-Seven Poems from the Papers...

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  3. 30 Sep
    Fri / 2011
     Dear Readers, We would like to say thank you to all who came to the Punch Party last night! We hope you had a jolly evening and will come back and visit Rienzi for a tour, or for any of our many other public programs. We also want to give a special thanks to CultureMap, 13 celsius, and Divisi Strings’ AMP’D for helping to make the evening a success! Check out the slide show for...

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  4. 30 Sep
    Fri / 2011
    The abundance at our dining table might never have come together, if not for guidance from the omniscient hands of Mrs. Elizabeth Raffald. The Experienced English Housekeeper, written in 1769 by Mrs. Raffald, was used as a model for the dining table in Rienzi’s exhibition. I am delighted that we are able to honor Mrs. Raffald, by laying out one more dinner course to her keen specifications. What the housekeeper-turned-author would have thought, if she...

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  5. 30 Sep
    Fri / 2011
    This year Rienzi continues its collaboration with the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Each year, four musical programs are performed in Rienzi’s intimate Gallery by up-and-coming opera performers. This Friday and Saturday, September 30th and October 1st, begins the 2011-2012 recital schedule. Among the selections for this weekend, HGO Studio will be performing A Whitman Service, by Lee Hoiby who has brought several of Walt Whitman poems into the world of music and...

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  • Inside the MFAH

    “Inside the MFAH” provides perspectives, conversations, and opinions from insiders at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Read blog »

  • The Gilded Dish: A Rienzi Blog

    Rienzi is the house museum and collection of European paintings and decorative arts at the MFAH. Our articles highlight elements of the collection, discuss additions and changes to the house or gardens, and review events held at Rienzi for those of you not able ... Read blog »

  • The Muse of Provence: A Blog for the Dora Maar House

    The Brown Foundation Fellows Program, based at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France, provides residencies of one to three months for midcareer professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise.       Read blog »

  • Through the Storm: E-Records Blog

    In 2010, the MFAH received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to plan the implementation of an electronic records archive (ERA) for preserving the museum’s permanent born-digital records. Under the grant, the MFAH Archives and Information Technology ... Read blog »