The Front Row, Wednesday, 03/10/2010

Ballet master and former New York City Ballet dancer, Bart Cook (pictured), talks about Jerome Robbins' classic dance piece, Fancy Free, which Mr. Cook is re-creating for Houston Ballet's mixed-repertory program, American at Heart, opening tomorrow night at the Wortham Center. . . .
Pulitzer Prize-winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Rita Dove, gives a reading tonight at 7:00PM at the Menil Collection, in honor of the new Houston Museum of African-American Culture. She talks about her latest book, Sonata Mulaticca. with St. John Flynn.  Listen Download

KUHF's Chris Johnson speaks with former New York City principal dancer, Bart Cook, who is staging Jerome Robbins's classic work, Fancy Free, for Houston Ballet's first-ever performances of the piece. Fancy Free, with its score by Leonard Bernstein, is part of the company's mixed-repertory program, American at Heart, that includes another seminal work, George Balanchine's Apollo, with music by Igor Stravinsky … and Hush, the light-hearted caprice Christopher Bruce created for Houston Ballet in 2006, utilizing, as its score, tracks from the unique recorded collaboration between vocalist-improviser Bobby McFerrin and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. American at Heart opens tomorrow evening at 7:30 at the Wortham Center.  Listen Download  Extended Interview

The Cultural Outreach Forum of the University of Saint Thomas's Center for Irish Studies presents An Evening of Traditional Irish Music with uilleann piper, Paddy Keenan … singer and guitarist, Tommy O'Sullivan … and Tommy's band, Shleeve Notes. The performance is tonight at 7:30PM in Jones Hall on the U.S.T campus in Houston's Montrose neighborhood.  The band gathers in the Geary Performance Studio for a conversation and preview session hosted by KUHF's Bob Stevenson.  Listen Download