January 23, 2012 11:27 pm
Apollo Chamber Players - Soundscapes of the World
Houston’s Apollo Chamber Players perform selections from their recital, Soundscapes of the World, which they’ll present Sunday evening at The Centrum in Spring. Their playlist includes string quartets by Debussy and Borodin, plus arrangements of folk songs from Spain, Russia and Germany.
January 20, 2012 8:18 pm
Neva Mikulicz : They All Wore Pearls
Visual artist Neva Mikulicz shows us her recent work currently on display in the exhibition, They All Wore Pearls, at the Anya Tish Gallery. Ms. Mikulicz has created her own genre of expression; it combines pencil drawings based on vintage photographs with embedded and projected videos.
January 20, 2012 8:14 pm
Gulf Coast Reading Series
We chat with the three emerging young authors, who are participating in tomorrow night’s Gulf Coast Reading Series event at the Brazos Bookstore will. Poet Olga Mexina, fiction-writer David Lombardi [pictured] and essayist Allie Rowbottom read for us today on the show.
January 20, 2012 8:11 pm
Context - Viennese Virtuosi
Artistic Director and pianist, Brian Connelly, talks about the chamber works by early-Romantic-Era composers Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Carl Maria von Weber and Anton Eberl, which will will be featured on the next Music in Context recital, Viennese Virtuosi, coming up Sunday afternoon at Rice University.
January 20, 2012 7:32 pm
Houston Young Artists Concert - Winter Chamber Music Concert
Six youthful virtuosos – ages 9 to 16 – play a traditional Chinese folk-song and sonata movements by Beethoven and Handel. They're previewing this Winter’s Houston Young Artists Concert, coming up Saturday evening at Rice University.
January 20, 2012 7:31 pm
Zoe / Juniper - A Crack in Everything
Seattle-based multi-disciplinary artists, Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, describe the themes and processes communicated in their mixed-media installation and performance piece, A Crack in Everything, which opens tomorrow night at DiverseWorks.
January 20, 2012 7:27 pm
Houston Symphony - RachFest Final Weekend
Pianist Kirill Gerstein and Music Director Hans Graf look ahead to the final concert of the Houston Symphony’s 2012 Rachmaninoff Festival. That concluding RachFest program features the composer’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Symphony No. 3, coming up Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at Jones Hall.
January 19, 2012 9:38 pm
Wade Wilson ART - Joseph Cohen
Visual artist, Joseph Cohen, shows us his paintings that focus on the drip, flow and sensuality of the paint, itself. Mr. Cohen’s latest works are currently on display in the exhibition, Fatto in Italia, at the Wade Wilson Art Gallery.
January 19, 2012 9:10 pm
Society for Performing Arts - Violinist Joshua Bell
We chat with violin superstar, Joshua Bell, and his good friend, pianist Jeremy Denk, about their new CD, French Impressions, which was just released last week. Mr. Bell also previews his Society for the Performing Arts recital, coming up Friday night at Jones Hall, on which he'll appear with pianist Sam Haywood.
January 18, 2012 11:01 pm
Main Street Theater - The Coast of Utopia: Part 1, Voyage
Director Rebecca Greene Udden and cast member Guy Roberts discuss Main Street Theater’s ambitious production of The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard. The company is currently presenting Part One of this trilogy of dramas -- Voyage -- which chronicles the activities of a group of Russian intellectuals, who dream of revolution.
January 18, 2012 9:21 pm
Houston Frieds of Chamber Music - New York Woodwind Quintet
We chat with clarinetist Charles Neidich of the New York Woodwind Quintet, one of the oldest chamber ensembles in the country, now in its seventh decade! The NYWQ performs in the Bayou City this evening at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall, presented by Houston Friends of Chamber Music.
January 17, 2012 9:05 pm
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Albert Mazibuko, forty-year member of the South African vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, discusses the Zulu musical traditions that the ensemble has popularized around the world. Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs tonight at Fitzgerald’s.
January 17, 2012 9:01 pm
Mercury Baroque - Farewell Haydn, Hello Mozart
Antoine Plante, Artistic Director of the early-music ensemble, Mercury Baroque, talks about the symphonic works by classical-era composers, which his orchestra will perform on its concert, “Farewell” Haydn, Hello Mozart, to be presented next weekend at the Wortham Center.
January 16, 2012 3:21 pm
Houston Symphony - RachFest Weekend 2
Pianist Kirill Gerstein [pictured] and Music Director Hans Graf preview the second weekend of RachFest, the Houston Symphony’s total immersion into the piano concertos and symphonic works of Russian master, Sergei Rachmaninoff! The next program plunges into the depths of his Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 and his tone-poem, Isle of the Dead, January 13 - 15 at Jones Hall.
January 16, 2012 2:32 pm
Grace Song, Inc - Music of Obedience
Tenor Zachary Ayert, baritone David Grogan and Artistic Director-pianist Keith Weber [pictured] perform selections from the next recital on the “Grace Song” Series. The program, Music of Obedience, features Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac and Claude Debussy’s rarely-performed chamber cantata, The Prodigal Son. The concert is Sunday evening at Christ Church Cathedral.
January 16, 2012 2:24 pm
Gexa Energy Broadway Series - The Addams Famiy
We hear about The Addams Family – The Musical, being presented on the Gexa Energy Broadway Series at the Hobby Center! Actor Douglas Sills talks about his role as “Gomez,” the patriarch of the loving, if darkly quirky, family with macabre interests and ghoulish supernatural abilities.
January 13, 2012 6:07 pm
Country Gravy & Other Obsessions
Having relationship troubles? If you’re looking for help, we know two gals you should avoid at all costs: Mavis Appleby and Myrtle McGillicurdle! Singer-actresses Julia Kay Laskowski and Patti Rabaza play the two characters, who dispense good songs and bad advice in the original musical-comedy, Country Gravy and Other Obsessions, which which opens tomorrow night at Theater LaB Houston.
January 13, 2012 5:34 pm
Village Concerts - The Oberon Ensemble
Flutist Colleen Matheu Johnson [pictured], violinist Kurt Johnson, violist Rene Salazar and cellist Barrett Sills and harpist Emily Mitchell of the Oberon Ensemble perform music by Belgian composer, Joseph Jongen! They preview their recital on the Village Concerts Series, coming up this evening at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
January 13, 2012 5:27 pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center - Pianist Calogero Di Liberto
Former Houstonian, pianist Calogero Di Liberto, who is visiting from his native Italy, plays live for us! It's a preview of the solo recital he’ll give under the auspices of the Italian Cultural and Community Center, tonight at the University of St. Thomas.
January 13, 2012 5:21 pm
DiverseWorks - (theLID
Dancer-choreographer, Ayman Harper – a native of Clear Lake – along with the members of the live electronic-music duo, Matmos, share details about their multi-media piece (theLID, which they’ll premiere at DiverseWorks this weekend.
January 13, 2012 4:49 pm
Society for the Performing Arts - Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.
Montreal-based performance artist, Dulcinea Langfelder, describes her sort-of Brechtian cabaret piece that mixes live music, dance, puppetry, and electronic media. Don Quixote’s ideal woman, Dulcinea del Toboso, is the springboard for an entertaining exploration into the ways cultural traditions, myths, religions and literature have imagined their heroines throughout history. Society for the Performing Arts presents Dulcinea’s Lament, Saturday evening at the Wortham Center.
January 11, 2012 11:33 pm
Juliana Wathen - Name in Lights ... Diary of a MAD *FAT* WOMAN
Writer, singer and comedienne, Juliana Wathen, performs numbers from her new cabaret show, Name in Lights...Diary of a MAD *FAT* WOMAN. Based on her blog, the show includes personal insights and wild rants about the battle of the bulge, relationships and finding oneself while in the throes of a midlife crisis. Final performances are this week at Obsidian Art Space.
January 11, 2012 11:24 pm
Aurora Picture Show - Pretty Dark
Curator Mary Magsamen talks about Pretty Dark, the Aurora Picture Show’s screening of visually stunning but psychologically disturbing short films that explore themes of tragedy, self-indulgence and isolation. The program is Thursday evening at the Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex.
January 11, 2012 10:36 pm
Hope Stone Dance - to bite life with all of one's teeth
Choreographer Jane Weiner of Hope Stone Dance, Artistic Director Antoine Plante of Mercury Baroque and set-designer David Graeve preview Ms. Weiner’s new "pop-up" dance-theatre piece, “la vie a pleines dents” (to bite life with all of one’s teeth). The work is "popping up" at the Houston Pavilions, where it will transform the public space for its premiere run, this Thursday through Sunday.
January 11, 2012 8:37 pm
Classical Theatre Company - Uncle Vanya
Actors Philip Lehl and Eva Laporte chat about Classical Theatre Company’s new production of Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov’s play about the wealthy Russian aristocracy and their wasted lives.
January 10, 2012 4:14 pm
CAMH - Perspectives 177: McArthur Binion
We chat with Chicago-based, Mississippi-born minimalist artist, McArthur Binion, whose new paintings went on display this past weekend in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Perspectives 177 exhibition.
January 10, 2012 4:04 pm
Composer Karim Al-Zand - Tagoriana
Rice University faculty composer, Karim Al-Zand [pictured], talks about and shares excerpts from his song cycle based on love poems by Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Professor Al-Zand and fellow faculty-artists, plus guest artists, present works inspired by Tagore on the the recital Tagoriana, tomorrow evening at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
January 9, 2012 4:44 pm
Menil Collection - Seeing Stars
Curator Michelle White shows us around the exhibition, Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the Collection, a gathering of fifty examples of outsider, naïve and folk art from the holdings of The Menil Collection. The show is on view through January 15.
January 9, 2012 4:41 pm
"PYM" by Mat Johnson
We speak with author and University of Houston Creative Writing professor, Mat Johnson, about his novel, Pym, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s only book-length fiction, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. Mat Johnson’s tale has been named a 2011 Notable Book of the Year by half-a-dozen major critics and literary journals.
January 8, 2012 9:43 pm
Public Poetry Reading Series - Outspoken Bean & Randall Watson
Acclaimed Bayou City poet, Randall Watson, and award-winning slam-poet, Outspoken Bean [pictured], read examples of their most recent work. They are two of the writers who share their latest creations at this month’s Public Poetry Reading, Saturday afternoon at the Houston Public Library’s Park Place Regional Branch.