The Front Row, 05/05/2006

On this Cinco de Mayo 2006, Mexican writer Laura Esquivel, author of the bestselling Like Water for Chocolate, stopped by to talk about her new novel Malinche. . .

The book tells the tale of an infamous historical figure, Malinalli, a native women, enslaved by the conquistadores, who became interpreter and lover to the Spanish commandante Hernanado Cortes. Malinche is published by Atria Books. Ms. Esquivel is one of three dozen Latin American writers participating in the Latino Book and Family Festival presented by Nuestra Palbra and taking place tomorrow and Sunday from 12:00 - 6:00 at HCC Central. More information is at http://www.nuestrapalabra.org/. Audio here. 

Matthew Dirst stopped by to talk about the upcoming performance of Handels' Esther that he and members of the Moores School Choral Artists and Ars Lyrica will present Monday evening for the St. Cecilia Friends of Music Series. It's at 7:30 at St. Stephern's Episcopl Church, 1805 W. Alabama. More information is at http://www.stceciliahouston.org/.  Audio here. 

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra concludes it's inaugural season with a program of music by Debussy, Ravel and Bermel. Christopher Zimmerman conducts and Timothy Jones is the featured soloist. The concert is tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. More information is at http://www.rocohouston.org/. Audio here.