The Front Row, Friday, 10/23/2009

Israeli composer Eitan Steinberg and singer Etty Ben-Zaken tell us about the program of English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, German, and Ladino folk songs that they'll present Sunday afternoon in the recital room at the Dowling Music store. we also hear from Shepherd School of Music faculty pianist Brian Connelly as he talks about the solo keyboard works by Beethoven and Schumann that he'll perform on the next Context recital, Sunday afternoon at Rice University...
Shepherd School of Music faculty artist, Brian Connelly, plays the last of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas and Robert Schumann's suite of fantasias called Kreisleriana, in the first-ever solo piano recital presented by the chamber series, Music in Context. Mr. Connelly, who speaks with KUHF's Catherine Lu, performs the works on the kind of instrument on which the pieces would have been played when they were new: Context's 1825 Conrad Graf instrument from Vienna. The concert takes place, Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM in Duncan Recital Hall in the Shepherd School of Music building on the Rice University campus. Listen Download

Singer Etty Ben-Zaken, and her husband, composer-arranger, Eitan Steinberg, are joined by Houston guitarist Marc Garvin, co-host of KUHF's Saturday evening series, "Pulling Strings," for The Bride Unfastens Her Braids; The Groom Faints, a program of Jewish folk songs in English, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Spanish. The recital, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Houston, takes place Sunday afternoon at 4:30PM at the Dowling Music retail store. Ben-Zaken and Steinberg gather in teh Geary Performance Studio for a preview session hosted by KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download

KUHF's Chris Johnson speaks with the Houston Choral Society's founder and Artistic Director, Betty Devine and Justin Smith, the Chorus's new Assistant Artistic Director, who will conduct the concert, Chorus on Stage, this Saturday night at 7:30 at The Foundry United Methodist Church.  The program, featuring ten famous opera choruses, kicks off the ensemble's 2009-2010 Season.  Tickets will be available at the door. Listen Download