The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/29/2009

Conductor Leonard Slatkin stops by the program today. He is joined by composer Roberto Sierra, soprano Heidi Grant Murphy and baritone Thomas Meglioranza for a discussion with KUHF's Dean Dalton about Sierra's Missa Latina which is receiving it's Texas premiere this weekend in concerts with the Houston Symphony...

Marc Scorca is President and C-E-O of Opera America, the trade organization that serves the opera industry in the United States; Anthony Freud is Chairman of Opera America's Board of Directors, and General Director of Houston Grand Opera, the institution that is hosting this year's Opera Conference, titled Making Opera Matter. Scorca and Freud discuss the conference with TFR host St. John Flynn. Listen. Download.

In a conversation hosted by KUHF's Dean Dalton, soprano soloist Heidi Grant Murphy, baritone Thomas Meglioranza and guest conductor, Leonard Slatkin, and composer Roberto Sierra discuss the Texas première of the Latin Mass for Peace, the Missa Latina. There are 3 performances of the work by the Houston Symphony this weekend at Jones Hall in downtown Houston: tomorrow evening and Saturday night at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Listen. Download.

Dancer-choreographer Dominic Walsh speaks with Houston Public Radio's Catherine Lu about the Texas première of his newest work, The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – to be performed by his own company and by the Sarasota Ballet of Florida – in performances tomorrow night, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Listen. Download.
In a portion of their interview that did not make it onto the radio today, Dominc Walsh talks with Catherine Lu about the sets and costumes for The Trilogy. Listen. Download.


KUHF's Chris Johnson speaks with Laura Yosowitz, who, through her non-profit organization, Arts With An Impact, is the producer of The Gold, a new musical-theater piece with music and story by her father, Bayou City plastic surgeon, Philip Yosowitz. In remembrance of the Holocaust, Arts with an Impact and Rice University's Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance present the world's first complete, fully-staged performances of The Gold, this Friday and Saturday night at 8:00PM at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Listen. Download.