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A Trip to Warrenburg, Mo.

Last week, Musica Tra Amici Artistic Director Eric Halen returned to his alma mater, University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg MO for a concert on the UCM Performing Arts Series. In addition to giving a recital, UCM students had the opportunity to attend a masterclass and Q&A session with Eric. Performing alongside Eric for the recital was pianist and UCM professor Mia Hynes, and his daughter Brittany Halen singing an encore.

 Having been decades since Eric had returned to UCM, needless to say it was quite the reunion! It was also a special reunion for Eric’s wife Angi, as UCM is not only her alma mater, but the place that she and Eric met. The Halens loved reuniting with old friends and faculty, and revisiting the school. UCM is also where Eric Halen’s father, Dr. Walter Halen was a professor of Violin, Viola, Composition, and was director of the UCM orchestra.


Music For Violin And Piano On The Next Musica Tra Amici Recital 

Eric Halen and Scott Holshouser present music by Janáček, Vaughan Williams and Ravel. 

By: St.John Flynn, April 25th, 2015 10:30 AM
Musica Tra Amici’s Eric Halen and Scott Holshouser 

The Musica Tra Amici (Music Among Friends) recital series continues Monday, April 27th, 7:30PM, at Gallery M Squared in the Heights. Artistic director Eric Halen, associate concertmaster of the Houston Symphony, and Scott Holshouser, Houston Symphony keyboardist, present a program of three works for violin and piano written within ten years of each other at the beginning of the 20th century. The program opens with the Violin Sonata by Leoš Janáček, followed by the original violin and piano version of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ well-known The Lark Ascending. To round out the recital, Halen and Holshouser will perform Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2. Both musicians join Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn in the Geary Studio to talk about and play excerpts from the music they’re presenting.



Musica Tra Amici Chamber Series Debuts In The Heights
By: St. John Flynn, September 25th, 2014 04:45 PM

Musica Tra Amici Chamber Series Debuts In The Heights By: St.John Flynn, September 25th, 2014 04:45 PM Musica Tra Amici artistic director Eric Halen. Musica Tra Amici artistic director Eric Halen. Photo by St. John Flynn. Houston Symphony Associate Concertmaster Eric Halen has begun a new chamber music series in Houston designed to recreate the intimate settings and musical experience of the times when the bulk of classical chamber music was written. The inaugural Musica Tra Amici (Italian for “Music Between Friends”) recital takes place Monday, September 29th, 7PM, at Gallery M Squared in the Heights. Eric will be joined by three Houston Symphony colleagues: Kiju Joh, violin; Sheldon Person, viola; and Brinton Averil Smith, cello. They will play two string quartets, Beethoven’s Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74 “Harp,” and Brahms’ Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1. Eric Halen talks with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the new chamber series and its debut performance. [The musical excerpts heard in this interview feature the Emerson String Quartet performing movements from the Beethoven Op. 74 and the Brahms Op. 51 No. 1 from two separate Deutsche Grammophon recordings: DG 447 075-2 (Beethoven) & DG 431 650-2 (Brahms)]