The Front Row, Thursday, 10/08/2009

Members of Mercury Baroque performs movements from a suite by Telemann, one of four works by early 18th Century German composers that make up the ensemble's Royal Fireworks program, to be presented this evening at the University of Houston - Clear Lake and Saturday night at downtown Houston's Wortham Center. We also hear from pianist Antonia di Christofono in anticipation of his Houston recital...
Houston's Saint John's School presents pianist Antonio di Cristofano in recital. He performs solo keyboard works of Chopin, Brahms and Schumann this evening at 7:30PM in the School's Tatham Fine Arts Center on the southeast corner of the intersection of Westheimer Boulevard and Buffalo Speedway. Admission is free. Cristofano plays excerpts from his program in a session hosted by KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download

Mercury Baroque, under the leadership of its Artistic Director, Antoine Plante, inaugurates its 9th season with the program, The Royal Fireworks, featuring large-ensemble works by the four leading German composers of the final years of the Baroque Era: George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Johann Friedrich Fasch. The concert will be presented twice: tonight at 8:00PM at the University of Houston - Clear Lake on Bay Area Boulevard next to the Johnson Space Center … and Saturday evening … also at 8:00PM … in the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston's Wortham Center. KUHF's Bob Stevenson hosts a preview with members of the ensemble. Listen Download