The Front Row, Tuesday, 05/12/2009

Carole Nelson, Artistic Director of the Houston Boychoir and University of Houston faculty composer, Robert Nelson, tell us about the Boychoir's Sail Park project. The ensemble commissioned three professional composers to create musical settings for poems written by young dialysis patients at Texas Children's Hospital. The Houston Boychoir performs those freshly-minted works in concert Sunday afternoon at the U-H Moores Opera House...
Clarinetist June Garrison, cellist Anthony Kitai, and pianist Shannon Hesse play clarinet trios, including the World Première of a piece they commissioned, From Here Springs Light and Life, by Texas composer, Eric McIntyre. Their recital is Sunday evening at 7:30 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Avalon Place. They all gather in the Geary Performance Studio to play excerpts from their program in a session hosted by KUHF's Chris Johnson. Listen. Download.

Actors Bebe Wilson and Byron Jackette appear as Mama and Daddy Carter in The Ensemble Theatre's production of Judi Ann Mason's 70's-Era comedy, Livin' Fat, which was staged by the company's Artistic Director, Eileen J. Morris. They speak with Houston's Public Radio's Catherine Lu. Listen. Download.

Helen Currier is the Assistant Director of the Renal/Pheresis Team at Texas Children's Hospital. She oversees the program which engages young TCH kidney dialysis patients in creative-arts activities, including the project, administered in collaboration with Writers in the Schools, that encourages the kids to write poetry. Dr. Currier also made the contact with the Houston Boychoir and its Artistic Director, Carole Nelson, which led to the commissioning of three area composers – including the Moores School of Music's Robert Nelson – to set some of the TCH patients' poems to music. The Houston Boychoir premières those pieces – Robert Nelson's settings, plus those by Dan Sedgwick and Brad Sayles – on its Spring concert … this Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM in the Moores Opera House on the University of Houston's central campus. Robert and Carole Nelson and Helen Currier gather in the KUHF Talk Studio for a conversation with TFR contributor Chris Johnson. Listen. Download.