The Front Row, Thursday, 04/15/2010

In addition to talking with Judith Forst, who plays The Countess in Houston Grand Opera's production of Tchaikovsky's supernatural melodrama, The Queen of Spades, we also meet New York jazz pianist, Larry Ham, who gets together with some of the locals to play sets tomorrow night and Saturday at Cézanne...
Mezzo-soprano Judith Forst takes the role of the mysterious Countess who is known as "The Queen of Spades" in Tchaikovsky's opera of that title. Roy Rallo re-created Richard Jones's original staging of the piece for Houston Grand Opera's presentation of The Queen of Spades.  Forst and Ballo chat about the production with St. John Flynn.  Listen Download

Houston-based film-makers, San Bannarjee and Trisha Ray, wrote, produced, operated the camera, edited, and play leading roles in the new movie, Bodhisattva – which also stars veteran Indian actor, Soumitra Chatterjee, as the title character. Bodhisattva is one of 54 independent features and 75 shorts chosen for exhibition in the 43rd Annual WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival. Bannarjee, Ray and Chatterjee all sit down for a conversation about the film with Bob Stevenson.  Listen Download  *Extended Interview*

New York jazz pianist Larry Ham performs twice this weekend here in Houston at the Cézanne Jazz Club on Montrose Boulevard near Richmond.  Larry will be joined by local musicians, Woody Witt on saxophone, David Craig on bass and Sebastian Whittaker on drums. Hamm talks with Eric Ladau about his music. Listen Down