November 18, 2011 9:16 pm
Masquerade Theatre - My Fair Lady
Lead actress, Kristina Sullivan, in the role of cockney flower-girl, Eliza Doolittle, and other members of Masquerade Theatre perform numbers from their new production of the Broadway classic, My Fair Lady, which opens Friday at the Hobby Center!
November 18, 2011 9:09 pm
Bayou City Poetry Grand Slam - Jeremyah Payne & Cedric Ary
Two Southeast Texas slam poets, Jeremyah Payne and Cedric Ary [pictured], share their work with us, as they prepare for the Houston's first-ever national-level Poetry Grand Slam this Saturday evening at MECA.
November 18, 2011 9:00 pm
Houston Masterworks Chorus - Great Britten
Thomas Jaber, Artistic Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, talks about Great Britten, a concert celebrating simultaneously the composer’s birthday and the special day set aside each year in honor of Cecilia, the patron saint of music.
November 18, 2011 4:08 am
Psophonia Dance Company - New Pulse
Sophia L. Torres, co-Artistic Director of the Psophonia Dance Company, and choreographer-dancers, Jeanna Sneed Vance and Emily Bischoff, talk about some of the new and re-staged original works on the program, New Pulse. The show is Friday and Saturday night at the Barnevelder Theater.
November 18, 2011 4:04 am
Gingerhead Productions - "Kriegie Wartime Log" by Brandy Holmes
Playwright and director, Brandy Holmes, tells us about Kriegie Wartime Log, a theatrical piece that she has assembled out of entries from a journal that her grandfather and his fellow prisoners-of-war kept while incarcerated in a German detention camp during World War II.
November 18, 2011 3:24 am
St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society - Romantic Trio Masterpieces
Violinist Sophia Silivos [pictured], cellist Barrett Sills and pianist Rodney Waters play selected movements by Johannes Brahms to preview the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society recital of Romantic-Era piano trios that they present this evening at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
November 18, 2011 2:47 am
Memoirs of the Sistahood - Chapter 3: Ave Maria
Choreographer Becky Beaullieu Valls previews the latest chapter in her series of contemporary dance pieces called Memoirs of the Sistahood. Chapter 3: Ave Maria is a study of mother-and-daughter-hood, chock-full of humorous vignettes about six sisters growing up Catholic in Louisiana. The evening-length work, which combines choreography, sculpture and film, plays this weekend at DiverseWorks.
November 18, 2011 2:43 am
AURA Contempoary Music Ensemble - Voyages
Director Rob Smith and members of his AURA Contemporary Music Ensemble from the University of Houston perform for us! They treat us to selections from Voyages, a concert of chamber music “on the move,” which they’ll present this evening at the UH Moores Opera House.
November 18, 2011 2:35 am
Wordsmyth Theater Company - "An Uncommon Language" by Evan Guilford-Blake
We hear about Evan Guilford-Blake’s drama, An Uncommon Language, which has been selected for staging by Wordsmyth Theater Company’s “New Play” Reading Series. The playwright [pictured], Artistic Director Elizabeth Earle and stage director Jennifer Decker chat about the company’s dramatic reading of the new work.
November 17, 2011 11:02 pm
Cezanne Jazz Club - Trombonists Andre Hayward & Thomas Hulten
“Trombone Madness” ensues in the Geary Performance Studio, as jazz trombonists, Thomas Hultén and Andre Hayward [pictured], and their bandmates play for us, previewing their Trombone Summit tonight at Houston’s Cezanne night club.
November 17, 2011 10:53 pm
Syzygy: New Music at Rice - Composer Steven Stucky
We chat with Pulitzer-Prize-winning, Cornell-University composer, Steven Stucky! Tonight’s Syzygy: New Music at Rice concert at the Shepherd School of Music features three of Dr. Stucky’s chamber pieces.
November 17, 2011 8:57 pm
Grace Song, Inc. - Oh Yeah! You Betcha!
We have a studio performance by Bayou City soprano Julia Fox and tenor Vern Sutton of A Prairie Home Companion! They and Artistic Director, Keith Weber [pictured], give us a preview of Oh, Yeah! You Betcha!, a concert of music by Minnesota composers, to be presented by Grace Song, Inc. this evening at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
November 16, 2011 10:09 pm
Cinema Arts Festival Houston - Filmmaker Braden King
We meet experimental filmmaker, Braden King, whose new full-length narrative movie, Here, and other works will be featured at the 3rd Annual Cinema Arts Festival Houston, which runs through Sunday at various locations around town.
November 16, 2011 10:03 pm
We have a performance by PROJECT Trio, whose high-energy style fuses the “good-time” elements of traditional and contemporary classical music and jazz. The Brooklyn-based ensemble is in town to perform Saturday evening at the Jewish Community Center’s 39th annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair.
November 16, 2011 9:55 pm
Houston Community College/Northwest Concert Series
Hornist Julie Thayer and violinist Kiju Joh of the Houston Symphony and pianist Sherry Cheng [pictured] play some Brahms for us, previewing the program of horn trios they’ll present tomorrow evening as part of the new chamber-music series at Houston Community College/Spring Branch.
November 16, 2011 9:45 pm
Houston Symphony - Guest conductor Christoph Koenig
Conductor Christoph Koenig previews this weekend’s Houston Symphony Classical Series concerts, which include a new piece by Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian, a mass by Franz Schubert and a symphony by Johannes Brahms!
September 12, 2011 6:56 pm
Theatre New West - The Guys by Anne Nelson
Theatre New West Artistic Director, Joe Watts [pictured], and actress, Claire Hart-Palumbo, talk about Anne Nelson’s off-Broadway play, The Guys. It’s a moving character study of a New York City fire captain, who seeks to assuage his grief by asking a writer to help him compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost on September 11th, 2001.
September 9, 2011 11:14 pm
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Robert K. Wittman
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We chat with Robert K. Wittman, former head of the FBI’s Art Crimes unit, who speaks this evening at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on the subject, Pursuing the Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Art Treasures.
September 9, 2011 11:08 pm
Houston Symphony - Hans Graf
Houston Symphony Music Director, Hans Graf, previews the orchestra’s season-opening performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, set for Friday night and Saturday at Jones Hall.
September 9, 2011 10:52 pm
VOX - The Rob Seible Singers
(photo from houston.culturemap.com)
Houston composer, Robert Nelson, and Rob Seible, Artistic Director of VOX – The Rob Seible Singers, talk about the ensemble’s first compact-disc release. It's a collection of new choral works by Doctor Nelson, including The Things We Have, a cantata written in honor of the victims of and first-responders to the terrorist attacks of September Eleventh, 2001.
September 8, 2011 10:34 pm
Houston Family Arts Center's Actors Academy: Kissless
Members of the Houston Family Arts Center’s Actors Academy perform songs from Kissless, a new musical by local song-writer-and-sports-radio-personality-turned-playwright, Chance McClain. In a few weeks, Kissless will have its Off-Broadway World Première at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
September 8, 2011 10:26 pm
Houston Friends of Chamber Music: Tokyo String Quartet
Violinist Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo String Quartet shares memories of some of the ensemble’s previous visits to the Bayou City, and he talks about the Quartet’s program of Haydn, Schumann and Szymanowski, which opens the Houston Friends of Chamber Music’s new season tomorrow night at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall.
September 8, 2011 10:15 pm
Houston Grand Opera: Jake Heggie
Composer Jake Heggie talks about his new song-cycle, Pieces of 911 – Memories from Houston, which was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera’s Song of Houston initiative. It will premiere this weekend in performances commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
September 7, 2011 3:39 am
Bayou City Concert Musicals
Cast members from Bayou City Concert Musicals perform songs from Finian’s Rainbow! The company’s new production of that rarely-staged Broadway musical by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg runs Thursday through Sunday at the Heinen Theatre.
September 7, 2011 3:15 am
Houston Ballet - Return of the Masters
We preview Houston Ballet’s season-opening program, Return of the Masters, with Grant Coyle, who has re-created Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth for the company. That piece is one of three dance works to be featured on Return of the Masters, opening Thursday night at the Wortham Center.
September 7, 2011 3:07 am
Concert of Remembrance on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11
Artistic Director, Thomas Jaber [pictured], talks about Mozart’s Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus, which the Houston Masterworks Chorus, Shepherd School of Music’s Rice Chorale and the Chapelwood United Methodist Church Choir will perform in a Concert of Remembrance on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11 at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall.
September 5, 2011 9:47 pm
Composer & violinist Todd Reynold
On this Labor Day special, we profile a busy, prolific and influential working musician: Todd Reynolds. The American composer, violinist and new-music advocate is a longtime member of Bang On A Can and founder of the amplified string quartet, ETHEL. Todd Reynolds talks with us about his recent projects, and we hear recordings of his music.
September 3, 2011 7:40 pm
We meet Janien Valentine, George DeMott and Cody Shawn Gay of the Las Vegas vocal trio, Poperazzi. They talk about and share recordings of the classical and pop numbers that they’ll perform with the Houston Symphony this weekend on their high-energy show, Viva Italia!
September 3, 2011 7:35 pm
Insperity Golf Experience at Discovery Green
We chat with curator Clint Willour and Houston artists, Elaine Bradford, Bill Davenport and Anthony Thompson Schumate, about the imaginative, obstacle-laden holes that they designed and built for the new miniature golf course at Discovery Green Park!
September 3, 2011 7:28 pm
The Grand's 2011 - 2012 Season
Executive Director, Maureen Patton, tells us about some of the attractions she’s booked to play Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House during the coming season.