The Front Row, Tuessday, 04/28/2009

The dancers of the Houston Ballet are currently on tour. The company is on its first visit to Europe in seven years and its first tour of Spain since 1982. The Ballet's General Manager Jim Nelson gives us a report from the road...
Pianist Michael Zuraw is the founder and Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber ensemble, Aperio: Music of the Americas. His group, in collaboration with the Foundation for Modern Music and FLAMART – "Featuring Latin-American Music and Art" -- presents Cabaret of the Americas: From Piazzolla to Porter … this Friday evening at 8:00PM at Stages Repertory Theatre. Zuraw joins KUHF's Chris Johnson in the geary Performance Studio for a preview. Listen. Download.

KUHF's Catherine Lu speaks with Marlana Walsh Doyle, Managing Director of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and choreographer John R. Stronks, Director of HMDC's training unit, Houston Met Too. The professional company presents Mixing It Up, a program of old and new works,– including the world première of Mister Stronks' latest opus, Not Yet Soaring (still confronting the ground) – one performance only: Friday night at 8:00 in the Cullen Theater of the Wortham Center. Listen. Download.

Jim Nelson is the General Manager of Houston Ballet. He spoke by phone from the company's tour route in Spain with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. The Ballet performs tonight in Murcia, Spain, and Thursday in the town of Oviedo, and then they head back home to Houston to start preparing for their Spring Mixed-Repertory program, Of An Era, which opens May 28th at the Wortham Center. Listen. Download.