The Front Row, Wednesday, 4/02/2008

Today we meet Kwame Ryan, the Musical Director of France's Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra; he will guest conduct this weekend's Houston Symphony Classical Series concerts at Jones Hall.  Artistic Director and pianist Keith Weber and his longtime performing colleague, singer-actor Vern Sutton, talk with us about their Friday evening presentation of Façade, the delightfully quirky musical entertainment by English composer William Walton and poet Edith Sitwell.  Alecia Lawyer, the founder, Executive Director and Principal Oboe of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra co-hosts...
Musical Director of France's Bordeaux-Aquitane National Orchestra Kwame Ryan guest conducts Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as the soloist, and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.  Maestro Ryan spoke with Dean Dalton about his Houston Symphony debut.   Listen.  Download.

Pianist Keith Weber and actor-singer Vern Sutton talk about their rare performance of the odd little musical entertainment, Façade.  Grace Song, Inc. and the contemporary music series, Musiqa, will join forces to present an unusual program that includes a world premiere by Shepherd School of Music faculty composer, Pierre Jalbert.  Listen.  Download.

Maestro William Weibel, Artistic Director of Opera in the Heights, speaks with Dean Dalton about his company's approach to that old favorite, Tosca, which is heading into its final weekend of performances at Lambert Hall. Final performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 7:30.  Listen.  Download.