The Front Row, Friday, 05/01/2009

Bayou City jazz vocalist, Kristine Mills, joins us in the studio live to sing some of the original Brazilian-flavored songs that appear on her brand-new album, bossanovafied, which she'll celebrate with a CD Release Party, tomorrow night at McGonigel's Mucky Duck...
Tomorrow evening at 8:00 in the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston's Wortham Center, Da Camera of Houston presents After Bach, its final chamber-music recital of the season. Award-winning pianist, Awadagin Pratt, plays solo keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach, some of them transcribed from other media by the late-Romantic composer, Ferruccio Busoni … and the Houston Chamber Choir, directed by Robert Simpson, performs short choral pieces by Felix Mendelssohn – and with Mr. Pratt – Franz Liszt's rarely-heard sacred choral cycle, Via Crucis: The Fourteen Stations of the Cross. Simpson and Pratt join KUHF's St. John Flynn in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen. Download.

In this mini-feature that puts the cap on our celebration of National Poetry Month 2009, Tony Hoagland, a member of the artist-faculty of the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program, reads Funny by Polish writer, Anna Kamienska and, Backwards Days by Stewart Deshell. Tony Hoagland, last year's winner of the prestigious Jackson Poetry Prize, is the author of three volumes of verse: Sweet RuinDonkey Gospel … and What Narcissism Means to Me … and a well-received collection of essays on poetry, Real Sofistakashun.  Listen. Download.

Bayou City jazz vocalist – and now songwriter and composer! – Kristine Mills celebrates the release of her new C-D, bossanovafied, with two performances … 7:00PM and 9:30PM … tomorrow night at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. She previews tomorrow night's sets with KUHF's Eric Ladau in teh Gear Performance Studio. Listen. Download.