In these lively concerts, presented in the galleries of Adíos Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, Da Camera Young Artists explore the riches of contemporary Cuban music and the creativity of contemporary Cuban composers. Rooted in the fusion of African and European culture, Cuban music encompasses a wide range of styles from the rich lyricism of José White to the experimental music of Louis Aguirre.


  • Danza Característica (1957) by Leo Brouwer. Solo guitar.
  • Ochosi (2010) by Louis Aguirre. String quartet.
  • Guijira a mi Madre (2004) by José Antonio (Ñico) Rojas Beoto. Solo guitar.
  • Two Grandfathers (2017) by Ben Morris; text by Nicolás Guillén. World premiere; mezzo, violin, piano, harp, and guitar.
  • La Bella Cubana (c. 1908) by José White. Two violins and piano

The afternoon’s performers are Da Camera Young Artists Kyle Comer, guitar; Callie Denbigh, mezzo; Wesley Ducote, piano; Stephanie Gustafson, harp; Ingrid Hunter, violin; Sonya Matoussova, cello; and William Shaub, violin; with special guest Jebat Kee, viola.

Drop in! This program is free with general Museum admission. Camp stools are provided for seating.

About the Da Camera Young Artists
The Da Camera Young Artist Program is a fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, and composers. Da Camera Young Artists participate in an exciting variety of performances, workshops, and school visits. They perform at the Wortham Center; the Menil Collection; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and area hospitals, and they also serve as the principal teaching artists for Da Camera’s innovative Music Encounters program.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Occidental Petroleum; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mr. and Mrs. Melbern G. Glasscock; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; Mr. William J. Hill; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.