The Front Row, Friday, 04/02/2010

John Pizzarelli, performs numbers from the George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Nat "King" Cole songbooks, sampling the kind of smooth, swinging style he's bringing to the concerts that he, his quartet and the Houston Symphony Pops are presenting tonight and tomorrow night at Jones Hall...
The Bayou-City-based contemporary ensemble, Musiqa, presents Imaginary Scenes, a program of new musical works by Karim Al-Zand, Wynton Marsalis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Rob Smith and Hamza El-Din … plus the contemporary ballet, Fingerprints, choreographed by Houston Ballet Artistic Director, Stanton Welch, and performed by the young dancers of Houston Ballet Two. There's only one performance: tomorrow evening in Zilkha Hall at downtown Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Musicians involved in the concert play excerpts in the Geary Performance Studio.  Listen Download

Film preservationist, John Kirk, on the phone from Austin - and Marian Luntz, Curator of Film and Video at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston - in the KUHF Studios - speak with Bob Stevenson about the classic movie, set in the world of ballet, The Red Shoes. The new, digitally-restored print of the 1948 film will be shown this evening and tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon in the MFAH's Brown Auditorium Theater.  Listen Download  Extended Interview

Jazz singer and guitarist, John Pizzarelli, with his Quartet, the Houston Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor, Michael Krajewski, performs tunes and medleys from the George Gershwin Songbook tonight and tomorrow evening in Jones Hall.   Pizzarelli plays a sample of his program for Eric Ladau in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen Download