The Front Row, Monday, 12/14/2009

Today, we welcome back to Houston a former resident: Czech pianist Jitka Frankova. She performs live for us, previewing the recital of solo keyboard works that she'll give tonight at Houston's Czech Center Museum. We also have a look at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's landmark exhibition of art pieces, artifacts, jewelry and ritual objects covering two-thousand years of ancient Vietnamese cultural history...
Philip Hays directed Len Jenkin's play, Margo Veil, for the Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, Sara Jo Dunstan is one of the cast members.  The show is in the final week of its première Houston run. There are 8:00PM performances TONIGHT, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Midtown Art Center. Hays and Dunstan chat about the production with St. John Flynn. Listen Download

Jitka Frankova plays solo keyboard works by Beethoven, Chopin, Barber and Czech composers, Janacek, Martinu, and Gemrot in recital this evening at 6:30 at the Czech Center Museum on San Jacinto Street in the Houston Museum District. She previews her program in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio in a session hosted by St. John Flynn. Listen Download

At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, KUHF's Meghan Hendley sprskd with independent scholar, Nancy Tingley, who curated the landmark exhibition, Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea, which is on view through New Year's weekend at the MFAH.  Listen Download