The Front Row, Thursday, 10/22/2009

Tenor Jason Osborn (pictured) and baritone Liam Bonner tell us about Houston Grand Opera's new production of Donizetti's popular romantic comedy, The Elixir of Love, which opens tomorrow night at the Wortham Center...
Tenor John Osborn takes the lead role of the lovelorn young peasant, Nemorino and baritone Liam Bonner appears as Nemorino's rival, the dashing Sergeant Belcore in Houston Grand Opera's season-opening production of Gaetano Donizetti's romantic comedy, L'Elisir d'amore – The Elixir of Love. TFR host St. John Flynn chats with Osborn and Bonner about the production. Listen Download

Sarah Tipton is the Marketing Director of the Texas Renaissance Festival.   Character actor Greg Taylor takes on the persona of King Henry the Eighth of England when he is in-residence in The Shire. They speak by phone with KUHF's Bob Stevenson.  The Ren Fest's re-creation of a 16th Century English village and street fair magically re-appears out of the mists of time, Saturday and Sundays plus the Friday after Thanksgiving from 9:00AM until Dusk through November 29th. Listen Download

Flutist Yvonne Kendall is a musicologist and Associate Professor at the University of Houston - Downtown.  Harpsichordist Phillip Kloeckner is a lecturer at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and also directs the United Nations Association International Choir.  They speak with KUHF's Catherine Lu. The 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Concert, presented by the UHD's Cultural Enrichment Center features Doctors Kendall and Kloeckner, along with Baroque violinist, Andres Gonzales, and viola da gamba player, Brady Lanier performing music by 18th century Spanish composers, much of which has never been recorded, or even heard in the Americas, before! Listen Download