The Front Row, Monday, 05/18/2009

Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestra principal cellist, Barrett Sills, tells us about the cello extravaganza that he has organized for the final St. Cecilia Chamber Music concert of the season. The recital includes the World Première of a new piece, commissioned by the Saint Cecilia Society and written by Texas composer, Eric McIntyre...
Artistic Director James Knapp conducts the Bayou City Women's Chorus in its Spring Concert: Africa: A Night of Celebration, tomorrow evening at 7:30PM at Unity Church off Hillcroft, between Westheimer and Richmond. James Knapp chats about the concert with KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen. Download.

Houston cellist Barrett Sills has curated Cellos, Cellos, Cellos and a Premiere, the season-finale concert by the              St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society, to be presented tomorrow evening at 7:30PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.  The program includes the Bachianas Brasileiras Number One for eight cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos and a World Première for two cellos and marimba by Eric McIntyre. Sills performs excerpts from and discusses the program in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen. Download.

Actor-singer-clowns Matt Merchant and Matt Walker play Myron "Count" Malachi and his equally lame-brained brother, "Jumpy" Malachi, in the national touring production of Happy Days: A New Musical, with book by Garry Marshall, the creator of the original Happy Days T-V series, and music and lyrics by Paul Williams. The two Matts speak with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Listen. Download.