The Front Row, Thursday, 04/09/2009

Two of the internationally-acclaimed dance masters and choreographers who are in town for the city's 14th annual Dance Salad Festival. We get a back-stage look at this year's gathering of the world's finest ballet and contemporary dance companies, to be featured in uniquely-curated programs, tonight through Saturday at the Wortham Center...
In this year's twenty-fifth annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition, soprano Desirée Alajandro won the Voice Division First Place Award and the contest's overall Grand Prize. Violinist Natalie Lin was Number One in the Strings Division, and took the Audience Choice Award, which also carries with it an invitation to perform as soloist with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. Both are students at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. Ms. Alajandro's accompanist is Lucy Arner, Music Director of the Edythe Bates Old Moores Opera Center at the U-of-H. They all gathered in the Geary Performance Studio for a session hosted by KUHF's afternoon music host (The Afternoon Concert, M-F, 1-3PM) and YTA alumnus Chris Johnson. Listen. Download.

KUHF's Meghan Hendley speaks with Wayne Eagling, Director of the English National Ballet, and  Aaron Watkins, Director of Dresden, Germany's Semper Opera Ballet. Theirs are two of the dozen ballet and contemporary dance companies and choreographers whose work is to be showcased on this year's 14th annual Dance Salad Festival … presented by The Houston International Dance Coalition and producer Nancy Henderek … tonight, tomorrow and Saturday evening at Seven-Thirty in the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston's Wortham Center. Listen. Download.

Jason Nodler is the founder and Artistic Director of Houston's Catastrophic Theatre; he produced and directed his company's current regional-première staging of Hunter Gatherers. He is joined by actor Greg Dean  and KUHF's BobStevenson for a discussion about the company's current production. Listen. Download.