The Front Row, Thursday, 10/15/2009

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar, Brian Stokes Mitchell, gives us a preview of Some Enchanted Evening, the Houston Symphony Pops program in which he'll be featured this weekend at Jones Hall. We also chat with members of Houston's Two-Star Symphony and hear selections from their original score for the classic silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari which KUHF will screen tomorrow night at downtown Houston's Discovery Green Park...
In April, Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that provides new incentives for film, television, video and digital media projects to be made here in Texas. It's an attempt to recapture production dollars that have gone to other states, as we hear in this report from KUHF's Ed Mayberry. Listen Download

Violinist Debra Brown and cellist Margaret Lejeuene are two of the founding members of Houston's innovative, independent chamber ensemble, Two Star Symphony.  They'll perform their original score to the classic 1919 German Expressionist horror movie, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, as the film plays on the giant inflatable screen … tomorrow night at Discovery Green Park. It's this month's offering from KUHF's Silent Film Concert Series … admission is free.   KUHF's St. John Flynn chats with Brown and Lejeuene about their creation. Listen Download

KUHF's Bob Stevenson speaks with Kate Pogue and Kate Revnell-Smith from the current production of  Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce, The Matchmaker at Unity Theatre Brenham. There are evening performances, Thursdays through Saturdays … and 4:00PM Sunday matinees through October 25th at the Unity Theatre in downtown Brenham. Listen Download  Extended Interview

Bob Stevenson speaks with television, film, and Tony Award-winning Broadway actor and singer, Brian Stokes Mitchell.  Mr. Mitchell makes his Houston Symphony debut this weekend on the Pops program, Some Enchanted Evening, performing classic songs from the great Broadway musicals. Bob Bernhardt is the guest conductor in performances tomorrow and Saturday night at 8:00PM and Sunday evening at 7:30 in Jones Hall. Listen Download