As part of its “Seeking the Human Spirit” initiative, Houston Grand Opera presents an evening of lecture, poetry, art, and music. This multidisciplinary event reflects the crossroads of culture, identity, and faith in 14th-century Spain.

“The Arts of Intimacy” draws inspiration from HGO’s production of La favorite and the book The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture. The opera focuses on a love triangle among a noblewoman, king, and warrior—which unfolds amidst the Arab occupation of 14th-century Iberia and the power struggles between church and state.

Lecture
• Maya Soifir-Irish, Rice University professor, on interfaith relations of the period

Poetry
• Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman, writer and artist
• Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Houston poet laureate

Music
• Kyle Comer, musician (guitar)
• Michael Fares, musician (oud)
• Chabrelle Williams, soprano

Drop in! This event is free. On Thursdays, Museum general admission is free, courtesy of Shell Oil Company. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About “Seeking the Human Spirit” 
This six-year (2017–23), multidisciplinary initiative is designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera and to expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art. The 2019–20 season focuses on the theme “Identity.”

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from:
Jerold B. Katz Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
H-E-B
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sharon G. Dies
Sterling-Turner Foundation
Houston Junior Woman’s Club
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Susan Vaughan Foundation
CFP Foundation
Joe Barnhart Foundation
Cockrell Family Fund
Ann and John Bookout
Tilman Fertitta Family
Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone
William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust
Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation
The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Learning Ninjas
Texas Commission on the Arts
Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III
Humanities Texas
Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell
Marilyn G. Lummis
Mary Lynn and Steve Marks
John L. Nau III
Strake Foundation
The Summerlee Foundation
Isla Carroll Turner Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler
Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation
International Fine Print Dealers Association
Polly and Murry Bowden
Nancy and James Gordon
Lubrizol Foundation
The Iris & Lloyd Webre Foundation
and additional generous donors

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.