This concert highlighting exoticism in the music of Vincent van Gogh’s contemporaries features arrangements by composers including Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Johann Strauss.

Presented in conjunction with the lecture Van Gogh and Japan, the performance takes place in the Beck Building galleries. Campstools are provided for seating.

Carlos Lopez has a bachelor of music degree in music literature from the University of Texas at Austin and studied with Frank Elsass at the University of Texas and Bob Walp of the Houston Symphony. Lopez’s career includes decades of professional appearences, both performing and leading concerts of classical, jazz, big band, musical theater, Latin, salsa, pop, and church music.

Mike Owen, a staple of the Houston jazz scene, is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in piano, guitar, bass, and banjo. He has performed and recorded with Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, and stars including Bernadette Peters, Debbie Reynolds, and Tommy Tune. Owen is also a music instructor and has performed on and produced numerous recordings.

Drop in! This program is free with Museum admission. 

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Ann and John Bookout; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Marilyn G. Lummis; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; John L. Nau III; the Summerlee Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; The Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; and the Lubrizol Foundation.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.