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Imperial Arts is proud to once again present the Houston Chamber Choir, Houston's oldest professional choir, and Imperial Arts' partner since 2012.  This concert, "The Splendor of Venice", will be co-presented with Imperial Arts' new partner, Lake Houston Musical Arts Society, at the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood on Sunday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m., and will feature Canadian sackbut ensemble, ¡Sacabuche!.

The Houston Chamber Choir opens its 19th season - "The Voices of Houston" - with choral works of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods that were inspired by the allure and breathtaking architecture of San Marco.  Audiences will journey through glorious polychoral and antiphonal works of Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Hans Leo Hassler, Heinrich Schütz, and others, in the beautiful sanctuary of Kingwood's First Presbyterian Church.

Imperial Arts' Executive Director, Edward Crowell III, said, "We are always proud to present our wonderful partner, the Houston Chamber Choir, and we are especially excited to do so along with our new partner, the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society.  I personally invite all Imperial Arts patrons and friends to join us for this concert at this beautiful venue as Imperial Arts engages in outreach to the North Houston/North Harris and Montgomery County area!"

The Gabrielis created a sensation in late 16th century Venice with their works for antiphonal choirs of singers and instruments. Giovanni (1554-1612) followed his uncle Andrea Gabrieli (1532-1585) as maestro di cappella at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, one of the most recognized buildings in the world. St. Mark's has a balcony in each of the four corners of the building, a unique architectural feature which inspired the Gabrielis' polychoral and antiphonal style of composition. Hans Leo Hassler (1564- 1612) was one of many young composers who flocked to Venice to learn this style of composition, and he became the first composer to bring the polychoral tradition across the Alps to his native Germany. Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), who for most experts is considered the greatest German composer before Bach, also studied this new style with Giovanni Gabrieli, earning Giovanni the distinction of being the only person whom Schütz ever referred to by name as one of his teachers.  

Imperial Arts has worked with Lake Houston Musical Arts Society's (formerly Kingwood Musical Arts Society) Artistic Director, Dr. Todd Miller, before when Dr. Miller conducted Imperial Arts' Fall 2009 Opera Season in Richmond, Texas.  This September 14 will mark the beginning of the official partnership with Lake Houston Musical Arts Society as the two organizations join together in presenting the unequalled Houston Chamber Choir. 

General admission tickets for this concert are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students (with valid ID). Purchase tickets online at or call the Houston Chamber Choir at (713) 224-5566 for more information.  Tickets will also be available at the door. 

First Presbyterian Church Kingwood is located at 5520 Kingwood Drive, Humble, TX 77345 (on the south side of Kingwood Drive, just a few miles east of Hwy 59 North.)  The Sunday, September 14 concert will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will be presented without intermission.  For a map and directions, visit the church's website (


The Lake Houston Musical Arts Society seeks to enrich our community by providing high-quality artistic musical performances utilizing local and regional talent, enhancing the lives of its diverse audience members by encouraging a deeper appreciation for live classical and jazz music, supporting local educational institutions through service, collaboration, and fundraising, and serving as an artistic ambassador to communities beyond the Lake Houston area.  Lake Houston Musical Arts Society welcomes you to concerts and events.  Find more information on upcoming events and how you can be part of them by visiting their website (


¡Sacabuche! specializes in Italian, Polish, and German music of the 16th and 17th centuries using baroque instrumentation including sackbuts (baroque trombones), violins, cornettos, dulcian, harp, organ, and voice. They are also noted for their dedication to creative and engaging interpretations of early Baroque and late Renaissance masterpieces, and for their willingness to explore multi-genre works. ¡Sacabuche! director, Linda Pearse, "look[s] forward to working with this dynamic and effervescent vocal ensemble. The timeless theme of Venice - revisited under the expert direction of Robert Simpson with the Houston Chamber Choir - promises a concert of expressive virtuosity that will caress the hearts and feed the souls of the listener."   Read more about this unique ensemble on their website (


The Houston Chamber Choir is a professional ensemble dedicated to increasing the awareness, appreciation and esteem of choral music and musicians through performance, outreach and education. Described by Peter Phillips, founder of the Tallis Scholars, as "one of this country's leading ensembles," the Houston Chamber Choir was established in 1995 by Artistic Director Robert Simpson. The Choir has toured internationally from Mexico to Wales and appeared nationally at conventions of The American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and most recently at Trinity Wall Street in New York and Yale University where it presented a master class and concert. The Chamber Choir is showcased on the world premiere recording of Psalmi ad Vesperas (1694) by late 17th century Italian composer Giovanni Paolo Colonna, currently available on the MSR label.  Find more information about the Houston Chamber Choir on their website (


Imperial Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional fine arts organization, developing and producing the full range of performing and visual arts, and arts education, in Greater Fort Bend County, and the County's resident professional arts organization since 2008.  Imperial Arts was founded in 2007 by Founder/Executive Director Edward Crowell III along with a small group of arts donors, artists, and business professionals whose vision was a regional professional performing and visual arts organization, performance hall, visual arts gallery, and arts education space to serve Fort Bend's residents, artists, and cultural tourists.  Imperial Arts has produced full-scale opera, symphonic concerts, choral concerts, chamber music, recitals, ballets, talent competitions, plays, gallery shows, classic films, and arts education activities for all ages.  Imperial Arts is funded by corporate and individual gifts, foundation and government grants, arts education tuition, and ticket revenue.  For information on sponsorship and donor opportunities, performance opportunities, and volunteer opportunities, please contact Imperial Arts via their website (, or call 281.277.7444.

Rosenberg, TX: Imperial Arts Announces Grand Opening Events Free To Public - November 16 And 17


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The new Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Rosenberg (823 Third Street, at the corner of Third and Avenue G) will open to the public for ʻopen house-styleʼ events on Friday, November 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, November 17 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

This facility is the new home of Imperial Arts, and includes The Imperial Theatre (a 130-seat performance space), The Imperial Gallery (a visual arts gallery), space for the Imperial Arts Academy, 2 lobbies and restroom facilities for patrons, a green room and dressing rooms for performers, storage space, and administrative offices.

Friday, November 16 event is designed for adults, and will include live music by the Marvin Gaspard Trio and classical Spanish guitarist Frank Rodriguez, complimentary wine and hors dʼoeuvre, a cash bar, and announcements about the upcoming season.

As well, The Imperial Gallery will open with a show of new work by Houston artist Matt Manalo [PHOTO 1].

At 7:00 p.m. that night, Imperial Artsʼ Founder and Executive Director, Edward Crowell III will introduce Imperial Artsʼ Board, Staff, and artists, and other VIPs, followed by announcements about the 2012-13 Season. Saturday, November 17 event is designed for children and families, and will include live music by blues guitarist Frank Matta, free concessions, and a free art project for children in which they may create their own “Imperial mask.”

No reservations or tickets are required to attend the events.

The opening of this facility is one of several key components of Imperial Artsʼ performance agreement with the Rosenberg Development Corporation. The agreement also compels Imperial Arts to restore and re-open the historic Cole Theater (downtown Rosenberg) by the end of 2014.

Representatives from Imperial Arts, the Rosenberg Development Corporation, and the City of Rosenberg toured the under-construction facility last week [PHOTO 2].

The building was built in the late 1950s by Duke & Ayers, and has since served as home to a number of different types of retail and service companies, most recently a book store.

While touring the facility, Rosenberg Development Corporation President Bill Knesek remarked nostalgically about his first part-time job working in the, then new, Duke & Ayers store, and offered advice on improvements to the buildingʼs facade [PHOTO 3].

Also during the tour, the gallery and performance spaces were examined and discussed [PHOTO 4 and PHOTO 5].

The Center for the Arts will serve as Imperial Artsʼ home and performance space for the 2012-13, and 2013-14 seasons which will include visual arts gallery shows, performances of Classical and jazz music, choral music, plays, ballet, lectures, and a film series to include classic, art, and family films.

Imperial Artsʼ 2012-13 season partnerships include the Houston Chamber Choir, the Houston Symphony, and CAST Theatrical of Rosenberg, all of which will complement Imperial Artsʼ own productions and roster artists.

For more information on the Grand Opening events, go to or call 281.277.7444

Rosenberg Development Corporation Hears Proposal from Imperial Arts to Create Downtown Cultural District

ROSENBERG, TEXAS – In a special public meeting held Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Rosenberg City Hall, the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) heard a proposal from Imperial Arts (IA) to make Rosenberg’s historic downtown district a destination for arts and culture.

If approved as presented, a partnership between RDC and IA would establish the Rosenberg Arts Center by Spring 2012, a restored historic Cole Theater by Fall 2013, and recognition of the historic downtown district as a sanctioned “Cultural District” by the Texas Commission on the Arts by the end of 2013.

The RDC Board expressed enthusiasm and interest in moving forward with this proposal, and directed staff to continue to develop specific details related to a formal partnership with IA.

Edward Crowell III, Imperial Arts’ Founder and Executive Director said, “This is going to be an exciting journey with lofty goals to be accomplished in a short time period. With the support of the RDC and the City of Rosenberg, and with Imperial Arts’ talent and experience, this will become a reality and bring community, commerce and tourism to downtown Rosenberg.”

In attendance at the meeting were members of the RDC Board, including Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr.; Imperial Arts’ staff and Board members; and Matt Fielder, Rosenberg Economic Development Director. The audience included representatives from the Downtown Merchants of Rosenberg; the Art League of Fort Bend; the Rosenberg Railroad Museum; downtown Rosenberg property and business owners; and former Rosenberg Mayor, Joe Gurecky.

Matt Fielder, Economic Development Director, said, “We’re excited about the opportunity to have continued investment in our historic downtown and to preserve the Cole Theatre as a Rosenberg landmark. This partnership promises to bring new opportunities for cultural arts to our community, as well as be a magnet to draw people to Rosenberg from other areas. I believe it will be a important boost to the businesses downtown and on Avenue H.”

The development plan presented by IA consists of three major phases: First, establishment of the Rosenberg Arts Center in historic downtown, offering a variety of live performances, films, art exhibits, and arts education programming; Second, the re-opening of the historic Cole Theater, restored to its historic art deco-style glory, offering major productions of professional opera, theatre, concerts, films, art exhibits, and community events; and Third, the designation of historic downtown Rosenberg as a “Cultural District” by the Texas Commission on the Arts with museums, shops, landmarks, the Rosenberg Arts Center, and the restored Cole Theater as important components of community, commerce, and tourism.

Imperial Arts & Rosenberg Development Corporation

Imperial Arts and Rosenberg Development Corporation, Thursday, December 1, 2011, Rosenberg City Hall, Rosenberg, Texas

(L to R): Councilor Dwayne Grigar; RDC Director Allen Scopel; Mayor Pro Tem Tom Suter; Imperial Arts Visual Arts/Education Director Robyn Miller; Imperial Arts Board Member Nancy Olson; Imperial Arts Founder and Executive Director Edward Crowell III; Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr.; RDC Chairperson Bill Knesek; Imperial Arts Board Member Ed Crowell, Jr.; and Imperial Arts Marketing Director Erin Newbrand

Imperial Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional arts organization, developing and producing the full range of performing arts visual arts and arts education in Greater Fort Bend County, as the resident professional arts organization of Fort Bend County since 2008. For more information, go to, or contact Edward Crowell III, Executive Director, at / 281.277.7444.

Rosenberg Development Corporation was established through public referendum as a “Type B” Economic Development Corporation in 1995 and is allocated one-half cent of the City’s sales tax proceeds to invest in projects that promote or develop new or expanding business and commerce, create jobs, and improve the quality of life in the community. The RDC Board of Directors meets on the second Thursday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. RDC meeting agendas are available online at, or at For more information, please visit or call 832-595-3330. 


Sugar Land Choral Society


November 8, 2010


The public is invited to attend the concerts, and general admission tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00, beginning one hour prior to each concert.

The concerts will feature music by Lauridsen, Rutter, Brahms, Landes, Monteverdi, an arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner by Pfautsch, and MISSA KENYA by Basler, with chamber orchestra.

Kevin M. Klotz, DMA student at University of Houston, is Conductor of the chorus, and Jessica W. Myers is accompanist.

Daniel Sigmon, Musical Director of Imperial Performing Arts says, “The variety of music will delight every audience member. Space is limited, so get there early. This is truly an outstanding chorus.”

The Sugar Land Choral Society is an ongoing initiative of Imperial Performing Arts. Founded in 2009, the chorus is made up of residents of Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford, Houston, Cypress, and beyond. The chorus meets weekly for rehearsal, members pay dues to offset concert expenses, and the chorus performs Fall and Spring concerts each season.

The Sugar Land Choral Society performed John Rutter’s GLORIA with orchestra in April 2010 along with the St. Laurence Chamber Singers of Sugar Land.

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is the home of Imperial Performing Arts, and is located in Sugar Land Town Square at 2210 Lone Star Drive (next door to Z Gallerie, and across Lone Star Drive from Jos. A. Bank.)

For more information on the Sugar Land Choral Society, Imperial Performing Arts, or THE IMPERIAL THEATRE, please contact Edward Crowell, Executive Director, at 281.277.7444, or

Open House @ Imperial Theatre


Monday, September 20, 2010

SUGAR LAND, TX - IMPERIAL PERFORMING ARTS invites the public to an OPEN HOUSE at THE IMPERIAL THEATRE in Sugar Land Town Square, 2201 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land 77479, on Thursday, October 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The OPEN HOUSE will kick-off the Inaugural Weekend events at THE IMPERIAL THEATRE.

Those who attend the OPEN HOUSE will have the first opportunity to see the newly-completed theatre space, receive information on tickets, arts education activities, donor opportunities, and volunteer opportunities.

Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is located in Sugar Land Town Square, next door to Z Gallerie, and across Lone Star Drive from Jos. A. Bank.

Following the OPEN HOUSE will be the opening night performance of the Inaugural Weekend concert: Grammy Award-winning recording artist Cynthia Clawson with the Marvin Gaspard Trio will perform a live concert debut of her recently released CD of jazz standards, "Always".

The concert will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (October 14, 15, and 16), at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission.

Please contact IMPERIAL PERFORMING ARTS with any questions - 281.277.7444, or by email -

Imperial Arts New Location



SUGAR LAND, TX - IMPERIAL PERFORMING ARTS is proud to announce the opening of Sugar Land's first professional performing arts space, THE IMPERIAL THEATRE in Sugar Land Town Square, for the 2010-11 Season. How sweet it is!

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is located at 2210 Lone Star Drive in Sugar Land Town Square, next door to Z Gallerie, and across Lone Star Drive from Jos. A. Bank.

Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, along with his wife Gay Thompson (who serve together on IPA's Advisory Board), says, "We are excited about Imperial Performing Arts. IPA will bring entertainment, education, and social and cultural development to us all. We are honored to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of their success."

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is 5,446 square feet of prime retail space in Sugar Land's most highly visible and well-traveled area - Sugar Land Town Square. Mr. E. G. (Bud) Friedman of Fort Bend Real Estate Corporation represented Imperial Performing Arts, and Mr. Charles Adams represented Planned Community Developers.

The finished space will be fully equipped for professional performances, and will include a box office, private teaching and rehearsal studios, a main stage performance area, lobby space for pre-event cocktails and refreshments served by Sugar Land's finest restaurants, and ample facilities for performers and patrons.

The 2010-11 Season will include professional productions of opera, theatre, and concerts, film screenings, and arts education activities, and will feature local and national professional performing artists.

The inaugural production will be Steel Magnolias, the stage play that inspired the award-winning film. Evening and matinee performances will run October 14 through 30. Individual tickets for Steel Magnolias will be available beginning in September.

Edward Crowell, Executive Director of Imperial Performing Arts, says, "This is a great day for IPA, and a great day for Sugar Land. The City of Sugar Land has been one of the top places to live in the U. S. for several years, and as early as 1999 residents expressed an interest in developing new local opportunities in education, culture, and entertainment. In 2008 I was honored to lead a group of Sugar Land residents, dedicated to the development of our City's cultural and performing arts, in founding Sugar Land's first resident professional performing arts company, Imperial Performing Arts, Inc., as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, domiciled in Sugar Land, Texas."

For more information, please contact Edward Crowell, Executive Director of Imperial Performing Arts, at 281.277.7444, or email at Visit our website at