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Soundtrack for a summer evening at the Rothko Chapel

June 27, 2017

Soundtrack for a summer evening at the Rothko Chapel

Summer Sounds on the Plaza series continues with Jacqui Sutton with the Frontier Jazz Orchestra, Thursday, July 20

HOUSTON – June 27, 2017 – Beat the summer heat with the coolest jazz around – and a side of bluegrass -- at the Rothko Chapel.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, the nonprofit continues its annual Summer Sounds on the Plaza series with Jacqui Sutton and the Frontier Jazz Orchestra performing their trademark blend of jazz and bluegrass.

For the family-friendly concert, lead vocalist and bandleader Jacqui Sutton will appear with the quartet version of the Frontier Jazz Orchestra, which includes Paul Chester on banjo and guitar, Anthony Sapp on bass, Henry Darragh on keyboard and Ilya Janos on percussion. They will be performing songs from their first two albums, “Billie & Dolly” and “Notes from the Frontier.”

In 2010, shortly after reaching the age of 50, a health scare urged Sutton to pursue her dream of a musical career. She formed the Frontier Jazz Orchestra, creating multi-rhythmic music. Drawing from her more than 20 years of stage and music experience, her sound also incorporates orchestral, pop and Americana influences.

The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. The Rothko Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon in Houston.

“Jacqui Sutton and the Frontier Jazz Orchestra are producing such a unique sound by merging two seemingly very different music traditions and cultures into one,” Rothko Chapel director of programs and community engagement Ashley Clemmer said. “The Chapel seems like a most fitting place to explore this intersection in a creative, fun way. This summer concert offers a moment for Houstonians of all ages to cool off as the sun sets, enjoy the beauty of the Rothko Chapel plaza and to enjoy some live music.” 

Complimentary beverages will be provided by Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company. In addition, Steel City Pops will be on-site selling all-natural creamy and fruity popsicles.

Families are invited to bring a blanket and picnic and grab a spot on the lawn.

In case of inclement weather, check for updates on, or call 713-524-9839.

For more information about Jacqui Sutton,


About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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