Public Programs

Summer Solstice Observation

Sunday, June 21, Suggested donation $10
To register for 6:20am sunrise Tibetan yoga practice, please click HERE.
To register for 8:25pm sunset Kaminari Taiko of Houston drumming performance, please click HERE.

In observation of the Summer Solstice, the Rothko Chapel will be open from sunrise to sunset (approximately 6:20am-8:25pm). In addition, the Chapel hosts a sunrise Tibetan yoga practice, and taiko drumming at sunset.

To welcome the solstice, Alejandro Chaoul of the Ligmincha Texas Center for the Meditative & Healing Arts leads a Tibetan yoga practice full of movements that focus on the chakras, clear the gross and subtle obstacles, allow a state of mind that connects to ourselves and others, and offers good intentions to all sentient beings.

Kaminari Taiko of Houston, a Japanese drumming ensemble, marks the end of the longest day of the year. "Taiko" is a Japanese word for drum. The art of taiko carries deep significance in Japanese culture. Samurai warriors used taiko on the battlefield to signal commands and frighten their enemies. Townspeople warned of danger by beating on taiko, and priests used taiko at religious ceremonies to communicate with the gods. Temples and shrines throughout Japan display taiko as a symbol of purification and to dispel evil spirits.

Kaminari Taiko was founded in 1996 by Jay Mochizuki along with a number of talented musicians from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. The members diligently trained under world acclaimed Taiko Masters such as: Daihachi Oguchi, Seiichi Tanaka, Kenny Endo and Takemasa Ishikura to learn the fundamental skills, philosophy and spirit of this centuries old Japanese tradition.

Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Hustlers Brass Band

Thursday, June 11, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.

The Hustlers Brass Band launches the Rothko Chapel's 2015 Summer Sounds on the Plaza series, which commemorates the 10th anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by featuring Louisiana music. The Hustlers Brass Band's energetic performance transports you from the Rothko Chapel plaza to the streets of New Orleans. Formed after Hurricane Katrina, this brass band mixes classic New Orleans second line sound with new influences. Yeti Sunshine is on site selling snowballs, in addition to free beer from Saint Arnolds and snacks. Bring your family, friends, and a blanket, and enjoy a summer night of music!

Painters Painting

Film Screening
Presented in partnership with the Menil Collection
Wednesday, June 3, 8pm
To register, please click HERE.

Enjoy a truly magical night of listening to Barnett Newman's last interview while sitting beside his Broken Obelisk on the Rothko Chapel plaza. Emile de Antonio’s 1973 film traces the genesis of Abstract Expressionism through conversations with the legendary figures who redefined New York’s post-war art world. Barnett Newman is at the center of this collective portrait which includes Rauschenberg,  de Kooning, Warhol, Stella, and Jasper Johns. This 116 minute film is a splendid way to (re)educate yourself about the context in which Newman’s paintings were made.

Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing

Muslim Meditation
Jihan Barakah
Wednesday, June 3, 12pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.

The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, May 21, 7:30pm, Tickets $45 ($35 for Rothko Chapel Members)
For tickets, please click HERE. Members, call 713.665.2700 for discounted tickets.

Enjoy the majesty and mystery of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in the Rothko Chapel. This symphony is a spiritual experience, forming the final in the group inspired by Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a book of German folk poems. River Oaks Chamber Orchestra is a 40-piece chamber orchestra with musicians from all over the US and Canada. They are known for their creative collaborations and have world premiered/commissioned 41 pieces these past nine seasons. A reception follows the program.

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