The Front Row, Wednesday, 6/25/2008

Today, we have two live performances!  Pianist Alejandro Vela winds up his three year residency at MECA (Multi-Cultural Education and Counseling through the Arts), with a recital, Dances and Fantasies Two.  Members of the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival offers Fetes Galantes, a celebration of the lyrical, romantic music of operetta and a tribute to Houston dancer, singer, actor, director and teacher, Bettye Gardner...
This Friday evening, pianist Alejandro Vela winds up his three year residency at MECA with a recital, Dances and Fantasies, joined by Israeli pianist, Eliran Avni.  Vela joins St. John Flynn in Performance Studio 3-C.  Listen.  Download.

Singers from the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival delight us with their operetta excerpts from Johann Strass's Die Fledermaus, portions of Masque, Music Director Roger Keele's original, tongue-in-cheek setting of Edgar Allen Poe The Masque of the Red Death, and more.  Joining St. John Flynn live in the Performance Studio are soprano/stage director, Kelli Estes, sopranos Danica Dawn Johnston and Frances Fenton, mezzo-sopranos Nancy Markeloff and Tracelyn Gesteland, baritone Oliver Worthington, bass-baritone Eric Peabody, and pianist/composer/stage and music director, Roger Keele.  Listen.  Download.