The Front Row, Friday, 09/11/2009

Russian-born Houston pianist Zoya Shuhatovich plays some of the keyboard preludes of Dmitri Shostakovich, previewing the recital she'll give Monday evening at Houston's Russian Cultural Center. We also meet singer-actors Emily Padgett and Eric Schneider, who play the uncertain high-school lovers, Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, in the new national tour of the Broadway musical, Grease, currently being presented at Houston's Hobby Center by Theatre Under The Stars...
KUHF's Meghan Hendley, speaks with Kurt Mueller, Core Program Critical Studies Resident at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Glassell School of Art. Reduced Visibility, the exhibition of photographs, videos, sculptures and drawings that Mr. Mueller curated for the Glassell School's   gallery, is the newest show that will be on display tomorrow at the Glassell and the MFAH, as the two associated institutions – along 16 other centrally-located art, historical, scientific and education organizations -- serve as hosts for the 13th annual Houston Museum District Day Open House. Listen Download

Monday evening at 7:30PM, Houston's Russian Cultural Center, "Our Texas," presents the first program in this year's Russian Composer Birthday Series. Our guest, Zoya Shuhatovich, plays twelve of the 24Piano Preludes by Dmitri Shostakovich. Tickets will be available at the door, although, because space is limited, it's advisable to reserve your seats in advance. You can call 713-395-3301 or send an e-mail request to rccatourtx.com. Shuhatovich plays excerpts from her program in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio. Listen Download

Emily Padgett plays Rydell High School newcomer, Sandy, and Eric Schneider is her summer love, Danny Zuko, in the national tour of the Broadway musical, GreaseAmerican Idol winner, Taylor Hicks, sings the song, "Beauty School Drop-Out," in the cameo role of Teen Angel. The traveling production of Grease is being presented at downtown Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts by Theatre Under The Stars. There are evening performances, Tuesdays through Saturdays and afternoon matinees on Saturdays and Sundays through September 20th. Padgett and Schneider chat with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson. Listen Download