December 10, 2009 8:40 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 12/10/2009
We welcome actor-singer Matthew Brownlie to the program today as he shares a couple of songs from Life is Happy and Sad, a new musical by Catastrophic Theatre Artistic Director, Jason Nodler, based on the words and lyrics of cult-outsider-singer-songwriter, Daniel Johnston. We also hear from cast members of the Stages Repertory Theatre original production of Panto Sleeping Beauty...
December 9, 2009 8:41 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 12/09/2009
The members of WindSync, a new student quintet from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, preview their upcoming concerts, Bye Bye Bye and No Strings Attached, in which the performers not only play the music but, using costumes, narration and choreography, also act out the stories behind their repertory selections. We also get a preview of the Mercury Baroque presentation of Handel's MessiaH...
December 8, 2009 9:11 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 12/08/2009
Members of the Houston Grand Opera Studio perform a couple of the opera scenes -- one from Turandot and the other from Wozzeck -- that they’ll present on their Studio Showcase, this weekend at the University of Saint Thomas. We also meet Joel Cohen, Director Emeritus of the Boston Camerata. He tells us about the group’s 2009 holiday program, A Mediterranean Christmas, which the Camerata will perform on their first-ever Houston Friends of Music concert, tonight at Rice University...
December 7, 2009 8:36 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 12/07/2009
Today, we welcome the members of the Texas Guitar Quartet – each an accomplished artist in his own right –the four of them coming together as a group to perform for us on the show and in a special recital to be presented this Saturday evening by Guitar Houston. They preview their upcoming Houston program with Chris Johnson...
December 4, 2009 8:17 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 12/04/2009
Today, resident actor Jeffrey Bean -- who plays “Ebenezer Scrooge” -- tells us what’s different about this year’s Alley Theatre production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. And, we have live performances by classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell and jazz guitarist Mike Wheeler, who preview the First Annual Katy Guitar Fest, taking place tomorrow at Westland Baptist Church...
December 3, 2009 8:34 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 12/03/2009
Today, seven of North America’s finest violinists – including a master of the traditional Chinese fiddle known as the “Er-Hu” – all of them come together as Bowfire – join us for a studio performance of music from Holiday Heartstrings, the festive new fiddling showcase that they’ll première tonight at Jones Hall. And, Houston-based chanteuse, Deborah Boily, shares tracks from her new CD collection of French cabaret songs, which she will perform live this weekend at Ovations...
December 2, 2009 8:34 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 12/02/2009
Today, we pay homage to Houston Ballet Principal Dancer Barbara Bears, as she chats with us about retiring after a remarkable 21 year career with the company! Her final performance is featured during the Ballet’s Jubilee of Dance this Friday at the Wortham Center...
December 1, 2009 8:38 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 12/01/2009
Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C., announces here in Houston a nation-wide initiative to provide fund-raising, planning, and marketing assistance to arts organizations around the country that are struggling in these difficult economic times and Irish balladeer Danny O’Flaherty gives us a live preview of his 2009 holiday program of Yuletide songs, carols and stories, A Celtic Christmas...
November 30, 2009 9:07 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 11/30/2009
Stage Director Joshua Estrada and Associate Artistic Director and actor, Steven Fenley (alias “Kris Kringle") talk about the Texas Repertory Theatre Company’s world-première stage adaptation of the Yuletide movie classic, Miracle On Thirty-Fourth Street. We also hear from Thomas Jaber about this year’s Christmas concert by the Rice Chorale...
November 30, 2009 8:48 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 11/27/2009
In observance of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the prolific and influential 19th-Century composer, conductor, music educator and entrepreneur, Felix Mendelssohn. We draw upon the expertise of recognized Mendelssohn scholar, Jeffrey Sposato, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, and author of the book, The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition...
November 25, 2009 8:53 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 11/25/2009
Houston Ballet dancers Peter Franc and Elise Judson talk about their debuts in the roles of The Prince and The Sugar-Plum Fairy in this season’s production of The Nutcracker. Plus we here from pianist Edith Orloff as she discusses her latest Recording Project with the Pacific Trio...
November 24, 2009 8:18 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 11/24/2009
Today we look forward to our annual visit by The Invincible Czars! It’s become a “holiday tradition,” not only in Houston, but here on the show to have the lovable, quirky band from Austin performs its unique rock-polka-klezmer-Gypsy-and-heavy-metal take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, live for us...
November 23, 2009 9:09 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 11/23/2009
Award-winning Chilean writer, Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits and The Sum of Our Days, talks about the ordinary women whose strength and determination provide the inspiration for the female characters who appear in her novels...
November 20, 2009 9:16 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 11/20/2009
Austin jazz singer Kat Edmonson and her Band melt our hearts and anything else susceptible to heat with her sexy, little-girl voice and swinging arrangements of both contemporary hits and standards from the Great American Song Book...
November 19, 2009 8:53 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 11/19/2009
Bayou-City-based, Russian-born pianist, Zoya Shuhatovich (pictured), plays live for us, previewing her Saturday afternoon solo recital of music by some of the great composers for the keyboard – Debussy, Schubert and Chopin. And, the entire cast of Theater LaB Houston’s regional premiere production of The Story of My Life -- singer-actors John Dunn and Stephen Myers -- treat us to excerpts from this recent Broadway musical...
November 18, 2009 9:16 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 11/18/2009
Traditional Irish musicians, The Munnelly Brothers, perform live for us! David on button accordion and Kieran on vocals, flute and Irish drum offer a preview of the concert they’ll give this evening at the University of Saint Thomas. And, we hear from Mercury Baroque in anticipation of their program honoring the 350th birthday of Henry Purcell...
November 17, 2009 8:36 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 11/17/2009
New York University faculty pianist Marilyn Nonken sits down at the KUHF Steinway to perform music from Modern Virtuosos, her tandem recital with violinist Jennifer Koh and saxophonist Valerie Vidal, to be presented this evening at the Menil Collection by Da Camera of Houston! And, singers from Masquerade Theatre treat us to excerpts from the Houston première of a musical version of A Christmas Carol. The show opens Friday night at the Hobby Center...
November 16, 2009 9:22 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 11/16/2009
Today, we head out on Houston’s freeways with New York artist Karyn Olivier to look at the billboards that she has transformed into “windows on the world” by mounting on them large-scale photographs of the landscapes and architectural features that lie behind the advertising boards. Then we hear portions of the pieces that U-H student composers, Paul Wadle and Joel Love, created to serve as soundtracks for Ms. Olivier’s billboard images...
November 13, 2009 9:00 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 11/13/2009
Music Director Hans Graf, Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell and piano soloist Jeffrey Kahane (pictured) discuss this weekend’s Houston Symphony program, which includes two orchestral works by Rachmaninoff and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.22. We also have members of the Apollo Chamber Players in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview of their all-American chamber music concert...
November 12, 2009 8:37 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 11/12/2009
Today, we chat with the two lower-voiced string players from the Czech Republic’s Pavel Haas Quartet. They’re in town for their Houston Friends of Music debut recital tonight at Rice University. We also preview the first-ever Houston production of a new adaptation of The Dybbuk, to be presented this weekend as the grand finale of this year’s Jewish Book and Arts Fair...
November 12, 2009 1:08 am
The Front Row, Wednesday, 11/11/2009
Curator Richard Herskowitz talks about the 2009 Cinema Arts Festival Houston. We have a studio performance, previewing Aperio’s next concert, Elemental Soundings: Asian Influences in American Music. And Portuguese fado songtress, Mariza, chats with us!
November 12, 2009 12:20 am
The Front Row, Tuesday, 11/10/2009
George Winston, the legendary New Age pianist & composer, performs live! We preview Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's Quirky Works Texas program. And Houston poet, Sasha West, shares some of her writing.
November 9, 2009 8:36 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 11/09/2009
At the McMurtrey Gallery we look at the exhibition, When Gorillas Shoot Pigs, featuring the latest creations of Houston visual artist, Howard Sherman, whose paintings – with their darkly humorous titles -- interpolate cartoon-like images into his high-energy, high-density, multi-layered abstractions...
November 6, 2009 8:35 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 11/06/2009
Today, two different styles of music in performances direct from KUHF’s George Geary Studio! Austin’s Golden Arm Trio plays excerpts from its original score for the 1929 silent film, Pandora’s Box, which KUHF will screen tonight, with live accompaniment provided by the Trio, at Discovery Green. And, singers from Houston Ebony Opera treat us to spirituals, songs and arias that the company will present on its 2009 Opera Gems Concert: A Celebration of Greatness in Music and Social Change, Sunday at the Hobby Center...
November 5, 2009 8:56 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 11/05/2009
Folksinger-songwriter Vince Bell performs for us, as he offers a mini-version of his solo show, One Man’s Music: A Monologue with Songs, that details his real-life come-back from the debilitating automobile accident and traumatic brain injuries that almost ended his career … and his life. Vince presents his autobiographical musical “play,” tomorrow night at the venerable Montrose-area folk club, Anderson Fair...
November 4, 2009 9:59 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 11/4/2009
Singers from Opera in the Heights perform live, previewing the company's new production of Manon. And we hear about Hail! Bright Cecilia, the joint concert by the Houston Chamber Choir & Ars Lyrica Houston, celebrating 350th anniversary of the birth of Henry Purcell.
November 3, 2009 10:30 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 11/03/2009
Moores School of Music faculty-artists, violist Lawrence Wheeler [pictured] & flutist Aralee Dorough, perform for us! And Shepherd School singers, along with Director of Opera Studies Richard Bado & Stage Director Debra Dickinson, join us live, for music by Donizetti.
November 2, 2009 9:13 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 11/02/2009
Members of the KUHF Chamber Ensemble perform a couple of movements from the Quintet for Flute and Strings by contemporary American composer, Robert Baksa, previewing the recital they’ll give this evening at the Menil Collection. It's the inaugural event in Houston Public Radio’s year-long celebration of its 60th Anniversary...
November 2, 2009 9:13 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 10/30/2009
Violist, Jonah Sirota of the Chiara String Quartet, talks about the young ensemble’s Beethoven in Bars tours, during which the Quartet plays full-classical programs in various alternative performance spaces -- including Houston’s Avant Garden. We also hear from the Indigo Trio: pianist, Zoya Shuhatovich, and two of her colleagues from the Saint Petersburg String Quartet. They’re presenting a free recital of Piano Trios Sunday afternoon at the Dowling Music retail store...
October 28, 2009 6:00 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 10/28/2009
Howard Goodall, one of Britain’s top composers of film, television and choral music, speaks to us from London about his piecce, Eternal Light: A Requiem, which will have its U.S. Premiere in a performance this Sunday by the Chancel Choir of Houston’s Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church, under the leadership of its director, Sid Davis, who also joins us...