Underground Sounds

Underground Sounds

in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

The popular Underground Sounds series in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is back for the fall! The performance series is presented in collaboration with four Houston-based music organizations, performing pieces composed or arranged especially for the Cistern and its extraordinary natural acoustics. Tickets are $25/person.


October 5-8

Tickets for the Underground Sounds: DACAMERA performances are SOLD OUT. For any additional guests wishing to attend, we will be taking a first-come-first-served waiting list beginning exactly 30 minutes prior to each performance time.

BBP Members receive pre-sale access to a limited number of special price tickets.


DACAMERA is an internationally recognized producer and presenter of chamber music and jazz, committed to bringing its audiences transformative musical experiences. DACAMERA’s Education and Community Initiatives have received national attention for its Young Artist Program, a professional development program for outstanding musicians that emphasizes community advocacy and brings Young Artist-teachers into classrooms, introducing music into STEM and humanities lessons. For this program DACAMERA commissioned Houston composer Mark Buller (an alumni of the DACAMERA Young Artist Program) to write a brand-new work, performed by current DACAMERA Young Artists. It will be a site-specific piece that is uniquely tailored to the sonic capabilities of the Cistern.

Alexandra Smither and Austin Lewellen (SOLD OUT)

October 26-29

BBP Members receive pre-sale access to a limited number of special price tickets.

Alexandra Smither and Austin Lewellen are a vocalist/double bass duo. An adventurous performer and one of the CBC’s 2017 “30 Young Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”, Canadian soprano Smither is a fresh fixture on the worldwide stage. From the thorniest contemporary scores to the lyricism of Mozart, Smither brings her artistry and intellect to every engagement. Double bassist Lewellen’s interests lie primarily in the creation of living music, through active collaboration with composers. He is most at home in small ensembles, recording studios, and opera pits, though his technique has a firm grounding in the orchestral tradition of the Common Practice Era.


November 9-12

Tickets are available starting Friday, October 13 at 9am.

BBP Members receive pre-sale access to a limited number of special price tickets.

Led by four composers, Musiqa’s mission is to enrich and inspire their community through programs that integrate new music with other modern art-forms. Each season, Musiqa programs a diverse series of public performances introducing Houston audiences to dynamic and challenging music by contemporary composers, making it one of the most active contemporary music ensembles in the United States. Their program features the world premiere of a new composition by artist board member Pierre Jalbert that takes advantage of the Cistern’s unique reverberation. Performers include Jacob Schader (violin), Chris Ellis (cello), Nicholas Bissen (saxophone), Sophie Volpe (trombone) and Terry McKinney (percussion).

Generous support for Underground Sounds provided by