The Front Row, Wednesday, 12/09/2009

The members of WindSync, a new student quintet from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, preview their upcoming concerts, Bye Bye Bye and No Strings Attached, in which the performers not only play the music but, using costumes, narration and choreography, also act out the stories behind their repertory selections. We also get a preview of the Mercury Baroque presentation of Handel's MessiaH...
WindSync performs pieces by Gaetano Donizetti, David Maslanka and Anton Reicha, in their program, Bye Bye Bye, tonight at Eight at Te's House of Tea. The Wind Quintet by Maslanka is also on the playlist for WindSync's recital, No Strings Attached – which also includes pieces by Astor Piazzolla and Paquito D'Riveira … and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf … Friday evening at 7:30 in Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. KUHF's Catherine Lu hosts a preview session. Listen Download  Extended Interview

Mercury Baroque presents historically-informed performances of highlights from Handel's Messiah Friday night at 8:00PM at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00PM at The John Cooper School in The Woodlands and the complete Oratorio – uncut – Saturday night at 8:00 at the Wortham Center. KUHF's St. John Flynn hosts a preview session in the Geary Performance Studio with musicians from Mercury Baroque. Listen Download