June 22, 2011 8:41 pm
Texas Music Festival Faculty-Artists
Texas Music Festival Faculty-Artists perform live for us. Soprano Melanie Sonnenberg, violinist Zuo Jun, and pianist Timothy Hester offer excerpts from Sensuous Perfume, a program of romantic and early-twentieth-century chamber works, plus a World Premier by David Ashley White, Director of the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. That concert is the next installment in the TMF Perspectives Series, this evening at the U of H Moores Opera House.
June 22, 2011 8:19 pm
Main Street Theater - Blithe Spirit
Director Claire Hart-Palumbo and actor Joel Sandel talk about Main Street Theater's production of Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward's comedy about a successful writer who decides to delve into the occult for his next novel only to conjure up the ghost of his late first wife. This leads to unfortunate but hilarious consequences for his current marriage!
June 21, 2011 9:55 pm
The Ensemble Theatre - Trouble in Mind
African-American theater companies around the country are presenting staged readings of Trouble in Mind by the pioneering Black playwright, Alice Childress. Houston's Ensemble Theatre is participating in that initiative, and we talk with director, Wayne DeHart [pictured], and cast member, Ron Jones, about The Ensemble's reading of that ground-breaking comedy-drama.
June 20, 2011 10:22 pm
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
We enter the brave new world of Bond … James Bond. Best-selling author, Jeffery Deaver, puts his own contemporary spin on Ian Fleming's classic spy character in his new “James Bond” thriller, Carte Blanche. We chat with Mr. Deaver, who tells us what 007 is up to in 2011!
June 20, 2011 10:15 pm
Classical Minds Guitar Institute - Martha Masters & Ernesto Tamayo
Guitarists Ernesto Tamayo and Martha Masters [pictured] of the “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute at the Texas Music Festival perform live for us! They treat us to selections from their faculty concert at the University of Houston's Dudley Recital Hall.
June 20, 2011 10:05 pm
International Festival-Institute at Round Top - Pascal Verrot
French conductor Pascal Verrot talks about the next Texas Festival Orchestra Concert at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. It’s a program of Ravel, Roussel and Rachmaninoff, with Georgian pianist, Eteri Andjaparidze, serving as soloist in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4!
June 17, 2011 11:44 pm
Big Range Dance Festival
We talk with Sara Draper of Dancepatheatre [pictured] and Alex Soares and Lindsey Thompson of Suchu Dance. All three have choreographed new pieces that will be featured on the final weekend of the 9th Annual Big Range Dance Festival at the Barnevelder Theatre.
June 17, 2011 9:17 pm
Classical Minds Guitar Institute
Guitarists Randall Avers [pictured] and the Presti Trio, who are serving as faculty at this week’s “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute at the Moores School of Music, perform for us! They preview the recital they’ll give tomorrow evening at the University of Houston.
June 17, 2011 9:00 pm
Texas Music Festival - Conductor Mei-Ann Chen
Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, talks about the all-American program of works by Jennifer Higdon and Aaron Copland that she’ll conduct with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands and at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House.
June 15, 2011 4:19 pm
Stages Repertory Theatre - The Great American Trailer Park Musical
We hear songs from The Great American Trailer Park Musical, the longest-running show in the history of Stages Repertory Theatre, brought back by popular demand in a brand-new production! The cast, along with Musical Director Steven Jones, bring to life the show's goofy tunes about its trailer-park divas … their bad perms … and their no-good men!
June 15, 2011 4:00 pm
Titian's Mythological Paintings - A Lecture by Dr. Louis Markos
The paintings of the great Renaissance artist, Titian, that were inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses are powerful, erotic and ultimately tragic. Louis Markos, Professor of English at Houston Baptist University, explores the meanings behind those mythological paintings, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the focus of this month’s “Artful Thursday” lecture.
June 15, 2011 3:53 pm
Exploring the Mind through Music
Shepherd School of Music composer, Anthony Brandt [pictured], and his Rice University faculty colleague, Suzanne Lemmer, an expert on linguistics and cognitive sciences, talk about Exploring the Mind through Music, a cross-disciplinary conference taking place in Houston this week, offering new understandings of music’s role in human cognition.
June 15, 2011 3:21 am
Texas Music Festival - Webster Trio
Flutist Leone Buyse, clarinetist Michael Webster and pianist Robert Moeling of the Webster Trio play live for us! They perform selections from New World Visions, a program of works generated from Czech composer Antonín Dvorák’s time in America. The concert is part of the Texas Music Festival’s Perspectives faculty-artist chamber recital series.
June 15, 2011 3:14 am
Classical Minds Guitar Institute - Christopher Berg & Fernand Vera
Faculty guitarists Christopher Berg [pictured] and Fernand Vera of the "Classical Minds” Guitar Institute, perform for us, previewing their recitals at the University of Houston’s Dudley Hall.
June 15, 2011 2:46 am
Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time
The unstable nature of color has been the investigation in the works of Carlos Cruz-Diez. We visit the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to look at color as a “situation” of light, space and time through experimentations by the iconic contemporary artist, on view in a major retrospective exhibition.
June 13, 2011 10:45 pm
The Music Box Theater
We introduce you to Houston's brand-new Music Box Theater! The company's five singer-actors, along with Musical Director Glenn Sharp and their band, perform songs from the inaugural production, Opening the Box, which features a blend of original comedy and popular music ... from Broadway standards and Sinatra to the Beatles, U2 and Lady Gaga.
June 13, 2011 10:20 pm
Houston Young Artist's Concert
Some of the city's most musically-gifted youngsters perform pieces for violin, cello, clarinet and keyboard, including a work for piano-6-hands! Members of the Houston Young Artist's Concerts join us in the Geary Performance Studio, along with Program Director, Kana Mimaki, to preview the first of their two summer concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
June 10, 2011 11:09 pm
Big Range Dance Festival
Bayou-City choreographers jhon r. stronks, Kristen Frankiewicz and Paola Georgudis [pictured] chat about their dance pieces, which will be featured on the second weekend of the 9th Annual Big Range Dance Festival, a celebration of boundary-breaking, local contemporary dance at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex.
June 10, 2011 10:51 pm
Divergence Vocal Theater - Evening Star: Beauty Bringer
Divergence Vocal Theater’s Artistic Director, soprano Misha Penton [pictured], and singers, Alison Greene and Michael Walsh, plus pianist Kyle Evans and guitarist Valerie Hartzell perform for us! Their next program is Evening Star: Beauty Bringer, an intimate recital of reflective summer songs.
June 10, 2011 10:32 pm
Texas Music Festival Orchestra
Conductor Franz Anton Krager and Festival Director Alan Austin preview the Texas Music Festival's 2011 season, Made in America, including the first orchestral concert of the summer, coming up Saturday night at the University of Houston's Moores Opera House.
June 9, 2011 9:38 pm
Texas Music Festival - The Keys to Bel Canto
Faculty-artists, Nova Thomas and Joseph Evans [pictured], preview the concert that culminates this summer's Le Chiavi di Bel Canto – The Keys of Bel Canto Vocal Institute at the University of Houston's Texas Music Festival.
June 9, 2011 9:31 pm
Houston Ballet - The Taming of the Shrew
Houston Ballet Principal Dancer, Melody Mennite, chats about her role as the feisty “Kate” in The Taming of the Shrew. The company presents John Cranko's ballet, based on Shakespeare's “battle-of-the-sexes” comedy, starting tomorrow night at the Wortham Center.
June 9, 2011 9:22 pm
International Festival-Institute at Round Top
Conductor and composer, Gregory Vajda, talks about this summer’s first concert at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas. Maestro Vajda will lead the Texas Festival Orchestra Saturday night in an all-Hungarian program of works by Bartók, Liszt and the World Premiere of one of his own pieces!
June 8, 2011 10:08 pm
Texas Music Festival Jazz Project
Some of the Lone Star State's finest players kick out all the jams in the Geary Performance Studio! We have a live performance by members of the Texas Music Festival Jazz Project, an all-star orchestra led by the Moores School of Music's Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo [pictured]!
June 8, 2011 9:48 pm
Ars Lyrica Houston - Forbidden Pleasures
Artistic Director Matthew Dirst previews Forbidden Pleasures, a program of flamboyant music written for the castrati, including works dating from the period when opera was banned in Rome! The concert will be the season-finale for the Grammy-nominated Ars Lyrica Houston.
June 7, 2011 9:47 pm
TUTS - Rock of Ages
Tony-nominated performer and former American Idol finalist, Constantine Maroulis, chats about his lead role in Rock of Ages, a feel-good love story set on L.A.’s Sunset Strip and told through the music of iconic ‘80s rock bands like Journey, Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon and Poison. Theatre Under the Stars is presenting the national-tour production at the Hobby Center.
June 6, 2011 11:38 pm
Main Street Theater - It's Only Life
Actors from Main Street Theater sing of love, found and lost. We hear selections from the company's cabaret-style production of It's Only Life, a musical revue featuring tunes by New American Songbook contributor, John Bucchino.
June 6, 2011 11:30 pm
Restoration Chamber Music - Gershwin at the Garten Verein
Houston Symphony Concertmaster, Frank Huang [pictured], and Principal Cellist, Brinton Averil Smith, plus concert pianist, Evelyn Chen, present the next Restoration Chamber Music recital, Gershwin at the Garten Verein! The three musicians join us in the studio to play excerpts from the program, and also with them is Restoration Chamber Music co-director, Evan Leslie.
June 6, 2011 11:17 pm
Quartus Chamber Players
The Quartus Chamber Players perform selections by Shostakovich and Brahms, previewing their Season Finale Concert. We meet and hear from members: violinists Pei-Ju Wu and Caroline Slack, violist Meredith Harris and cellist Patrick Moore.
June 6, 2011 11:06 pm
Big Range Dance Festival
Houston-area dancers and choreographers show off their freshest, most innovative stuff at the 9th Annual Big Range Dance Festival. We hear about works inspired by childhood gym class, gender and improvisational techniques from Jennifer Wood of Suchu Dance, Leslie Scates of the University of Houston's Dance Division and Denton-based collaborators, Amanda Jackson and Matthew Cumbie.