November 2, 2012 11:29 am
Public Poetry: Jasminne Mendez and Scott Wiggerman
We meet Texas poets Jasminne Mendez and Scott Wiggerman, who read examples of their latest work for us. They are two of the wordsmiths who will share their latest creations on this month’s Public Poetry Reading, taking place at the Houston Public Library’s Vinson Neighborhood Branch.
November 2, 2012 10:38 am
ROCO: "The Americas: Impressions, Reflections and Exploration"
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra String Quartet performs, treating us to music from the New World, previewing their concert The Americas: Impressions, Reflections and Exploration.
November 2, 2012 10:35 am
We chat with Alexander Shelley, chief conductor of Germany’s Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. Considered one of the most exciting and gifted young conductors today, Shelley will lead the Houston Symphony in performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number Five and Violin Concerto.
October 31, 2012 4:35 pm
SRO Productions: "[title of show]"
The entire cast of four players performs songs from SRO Productions’ staging of [title of show], the musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.
October 31, 2012 4:31 pm
Urban Souls Dance Company: "My Place at the Table"
Walter Hull, general manager of Urban Souls Dance Company, talks about the troupe’s season-opening program My Place at the Table, which challenges both the dancers’ and the audience’s assumptions about race and other major issues in contemporary society.
October 31, 2012 4:25 pm
Director Brandon Smith and actors John Lansch and Josh Morrison talk about Unity Theatre Brenham’s production of Russell Lees’ frequently hilarious, sometimes scary, and thoroughly intense play Nixon’s Nixon, which imagines what might have been said behind closed doors on a August night at the White House in 1974.
October 30, 2012 5:49 pm
Writer-director Michel Muylle chats about Collector’s Waltz, his award-winning documentary film about the synergistic relationships that form between art collectors, artists and gallery owners. The Houston premiere screening of the film takes place at M-Squared Gallery in the Heights.
October 30, 2012 5:44 pm
CORE Performance Company: "Shift"
Artistic director Sue Schroeder and guest choreographer Leslie Scates preview Shift, a program of three world-premiere dance works to be presented by CORE Performance Company at the Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex.
October 30, 2012 5:38 pm
Director Philip Lehl and actress Kim Tobin chat about the Stark Naked Theatre Company’s production of Body Awareness a social comedy by Obie-Award-winning playwright Annie Baker. Body Awareness explores the question of who are the toughest critics of a woman’s appearance: men, society, or women themselves?
October 30, 2012 5:34 pm
"Bach and All That Jazz"
Artistic director Robert Simpson and jazz pianist Paul English chat about the Houston Chamber Choir’s Bach and All That Jazz. The program pairs three of Bach’s motets with improvisations inspired by those pieces, performed by English and his trio.
October 29, 2012 5:25 pm
Houston Masterworks Chorus: "Chichester Psalms" and "King David"
Artistic director Thomas Jaber previews a concert by the Houston Masterworks Chorus, which features Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Arthur Honegger’s Biblical oratorio King David.
October 29, 2012 5:21 pm
Francesca Arnone and Jeffrey Peterson
Flutist Francesca Arnone and pianist Jeffrey Peterson, both faculty-artists from Baylor University, treat us to selections from the guest recital they’ll give at UH’s Moores School of Music.
October 29, 2012 5:15 pm
"The Arts and the Economy" Part 1: Jonathan Glus
We feature the first report in a two-part series about the impact of the arts on Houston’s economy. Jonathan Glus, CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance, discusses the results of two recent surveys: One on “The Creative Economy of Houston,” and the other, a comprehensive national research study on “The Arts and Economic Prosperity.”
October 29, 2012 11:24 am
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts alumnus Robert Glasper gives us a taste of his signature brand of hip-hop and R&B-flavored jazz.
October 29, 2012 11:17 am
We chat with "King of Cabaret" Michael Feinstein, who worked with lyricist Ira Gershwin during the later years of the older man’s life. Now Feinstein has written a book, The Gershwins and Me, full of stories and reminiscences about the two brothers from Brooklyn who made such a lasting contribution to American popular culture.
October 29, 2012 11:13 am
We welcome Sutton Foster, star of such Broadway shows as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes and Shrek the Musical, and now playing the lead role in the TV series Bunheads. She gives us a preview of the songs she’ll sing and the stories she’ll tell when she presents her one-woman show An Evening with Sutton Foster at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston.
October 25, 2012 5:40 pm
Music in Context: "Ballads and Stories"
Artistic director and pianist Brian Connelly and bass-baritone Timothy Jones preview Ballads and Stories, the next chamber-recital from Music in Context. It’s a program of songs and melodramas, musical tales of adventure, terror and love.
October 25, 2012 5:38 pm
We chat with the distinguished experimental poet John Taggart, called a “master of accumulating complexly-layered patterns of sound and sense.” Taggart is in town for a poetry reading at the Rothko Chapel.
October 25, 2012 5:33 pm
Houston Symphony: "Symphonie Fantastique"
Houston Symphony guest-conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada and principal horn-player William VerMeulen chat about Hector Berlioz’s epic journey of unrequited love, the Symphonie Fantastique, and about Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto Number One.
October 24, 2012 5:55 pm
WindSync: "The Ghost of Mozart"
Members of the quintet WindSync are back in town to conjure up some spirits of the past with their recital The Ghost of Mozart .
October 24, 2012 5:50 pm
The members of Trio Oriens talk about the program of chamber works by Maurice Ravel, Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng, and Houston composer Todd Frazier, that they’ll perform on the Spring Branch campus of Houston Community College Northwest.
October 24, 2012 5:41 pm
Producer-director Buck Ross and music director Brett Mitchell tell us about their new production of the opera, Salsipuedes, A Tale of Love, War and Anchovies. The WWII-era comedy by the late Mexican-American composer Daniel Catán had its world premiere right here in Houston eight years ago.
October 23, 2012 6:25 pm
Dominic Smith, author and lecturer in creative writing at Rice University, reads some of his latest fiction, previewing his appearance on the Poison Pen Reading Series at Poison Girl Bar.
October 23, 2012 6:22 pm
Photographer Lynn Lane and choreographer Toni Leago Valle preview the new dance piece they have created in collaboration with performer Catalina Molnari. Regifting Lions looks at survivors--the people who must find a way to live after trauma.
October 23, 2012 6:16 pm
"The Italian Girl in Algiers"
Mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, who plays the title character Isabella, and bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi, who sings the part of the Turkish Chieftain Mustafa, tell us about Houston Grand Opera’s new production of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers.
October 22, 2012 5:03 pm
Aaron Parazette: "Flyaway"
We head to the Art League Houston to check out "Flyaway," an exhibition of recent work by the Art League’s Texas Artist of the Year, Aaron Parazette.
October 22, 2012 5:01 pm
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel previews his new “Keyboard Conversation,” a full-fledged-solo-recital-with-commentary that he’s presenting tomorrow evening. That program, Opposites Attract, juxtaposes keyboard pieces by J-S Bach and Claude Debussy.
October 22, 2012 4:58 pm
"Death of a Salesman"
the Alley Theatre’s artistic director Gregory Boyd talks about the company’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman, which Boyd directed.
October 22, 2012 4:52 pm
Back Porch Players: "Election Day"
Who knew that the way to exercising your civic duty could be so fraught with obstacles and perils? Executive artistic director Dan J. Gordon talks about the Back Porch Players' staged reading of Josh Tobiessen’s laugh-a-minute political comedy Election Day.
October 22, 2012 4:46 pm
Vault Dance Company: "Thread"
Choreographer Amy Ell talks about her obsession with fabric, literally and figuratively. Her latest work is called Thread: Stories of Eight Women and Their Lessons in Limitation. It uses volumes of white fabric piled from back to front, and floor to ceiling, to investigate the ways we deal with life's obstacles.