The Front Row, Wednesday, 09/30/2009

Louis Langrée chats about this week's Houston Symphony concerts, which feature him conducting Joseph Haydn's "London" Symphony, and Ludwig van Beethoven's great Ninth Symphony, with its choral "Ode to Joy.". We also have a studio performance by musicians from the Divergence Vocal Theater! Company members treat us to a preview of Autumn Spectre, an evening of seasonal art songs and piano, harp and sitar pieces with film, Butoh-inspired dance, spoken text and shadow-puppetry...
Maestro Louis Langrée, Music Director of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, conducts a quartet of vocal soloists and the Houston Symphony and Chorus in this weekend's performances of Haydn's Symphony Number 104, "The London" … and Beethoven's "Choral" Symphony -- the Ninth -- with its concluding "Ode to Joy." Concert times are tomorrow night and Saturday at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:30PM in downtown Houston's Jones Hall. Langrée chats with KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download

Divergence Vocal Theater presents Autumn Spectre, an ethereal evocation of the season, incorporating contemporary British and American art-song, instrumental miniatures, spoken text, Butoh-inspired dance,  film and shadow-puppetry.   There are two performances this Friday night and Saturday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Singers from Divergence gather in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio for a preview session hosted by St. John Flynn. Listen Download

Houston Public Radio's Catherine Lu speaks with director Kevin Holden and with actors Troy Schulze and Drake Simpson, two of the three cast-members of the Horse Head Theatre Company's regional première production of Adam Rapp's gritty psychological drama, Red Light Winter. There are 8:00PM performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, this week and next, at the Frenetic Theater. Listen Download