Premiere of “The Jemma Songs”

Posted October 26, 2009 & filed under Notebook.


On Tuesday October 27, 2009, Houston will see the premiere of what has become known as “The Jemma Songs.”  The performance will include seven poems written by WITS student, Jemma Leech, and beautifully set to music by Houston composer, Mary Carol Warwick.  The performance will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 5200 Fannin St. Houston, TX 77004.  Click here to view a map. Admission is free.

The poems performed will be The Angel Series:  My Name is Jemma, From Nobody to Somebody, The Time of the Angels,and One Wish or Three as well as The Ike Cycle:  Waiting for Ike, Listening to Ike and After Ike.  Some of these poems were written at the WITS Summer Creative Writing Workshops.

The pieces have been set for oboe, viola, piano and soprano, and will be performed by The Greenbriar Consortium, which includes members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to musicians from the Houston Symphony, performers include Anita Kruse, Julia Fox, Sonja Brusauskas, Keith Weber, Paul Boyd, and Miriam Leek-Meira.

The Greenbriar Consortium recently gave an interview about Jemma’s work and the upcoming concert on The Front Row, Houston’s daily arts magazine show on 88.7 FM KUHF.  Click here to listen to the interview.

WITS is Mentioned in the New York Times

Posted January 7, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

ishaphotowanita-purplesongscanfly.jpgToday the New York Times published a great story about Purple Songs Can Fly, an organization founded by Anita Kruse that helps young cancer patients write, record, and produce original music. Writers in the Schools collaborates with Purple Songs at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Both WITS and Purple Songs are part of the Arts in Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Hospital led by Carol Herron. You can read more about the collaboration between WITS and Purple Songs in an article by WITS Writer Marcia Chamberlain here.