The Front Row, Monday, 03/16/2009

James Knapp, Artistic Director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston and the Bayou City Women's Chorus, tells us about the exciting new piece, Song and Wisdom from Old Turtle, that his groups, combined together as the Bayou City Chorale, will debut tomorrow night at Jones Hall in a concert they're presenting in collaboration with the Doctors' Orchestra of Houston...
Rice University's Shepherd School of Music presents its first-ever fully-staged opera production, Mozart's Don Giovanni … this Thursday and Saturday night at 8:00PM  in the School's Stude Concert Hall. Richard Bado, Director of Opera Studies, conducts the singers and the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra; baritones Brian Haas and Michael Sumuel lead the cast in the respective roles of the skirt-chasing nobleman, Don Giovanni, and his servant, Leporello. They all gather in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview. Listen. Download.

KUHF's Meghan Hendley spoke with Bayou City visual artist and Houston Community College print-making instructor, B. Moss, about his exhibition of paintings, Diagnostic Landscapes, which is in the final week of its run -- through Saturday only -- at the Joan Wick and Company Gallery. Listen. Download.

KUHF's Chris Johnson speaks with James Knapp, the Artistic and Managing Director of the umbrella organization, Bayou City Performing Arts. Two of its constituent ensembles, the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston and the Bayou City Women's Chorus -- joined together as the Bayou City Chorale --present the regional premiere of the new work, Song and Wisdom from Old Turtle, by sacred-music composer, Joseph Martin. The choruses' collaborators in that performance are the Doctors' Orchestra of Houston, and former Alley Theatre resident company member, Annalee Jeffries, who narrates. Listen. Download.