The Front Row, 06/20/2006

Dorceal Duckens
Today we focusd our spotlight on adaptations of older works as soprano Joan Borden-Hupert and bass-baritone Dorceal Duckens stopped by Studio 3-C to perform original pieces by Black composers and arrangements of African-American spirituals. . .

Clyde Owen Jackson with KUHF's Alison YoungIt's the custom of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild to conclude the city's week-long celebration of Juneteenth with a choral concert of music from the African-American tradition. This year's program, Songs of Our Years, takes the form of a musical tribute to the legendary Fisk Jubilee Singers. The concert is this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 at Wheeler Ave. Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler. Dorceal Duckins, Joan Bolden-Hubert and Clyde Owen Jackson, former director of the world-famous Tuskegee Institute Choir, along with pianist Calvin Vincent Fuller joined KUHF's Alison Young in the KUHF Performance Studio for a preview. More information about the concert is at 713-333-2236. Audio here.  

Cast members from the U of H Childrens Theatre Continuing our look at adaptations of older works, cast members from the University of Houston Children's Theatre Festival stopped by the KUHF Performance Studio. The festival opene its 2006 summer season today with a musical adaptation of the beloved fairytale Cinderella. Dr. Sidney Berger penned the show's script and lyrics while local jazz pianist and composer Rob Landes provided the music. Well known Houston theater personality Chesley Krohn directed and choreographed the production.  Ms. Krohn and Dr. Berger brought along most of the show's cast today for a preview hosted by TFR Producer Bob Stevenson. There are performances through June 25th in the Lyndall Finely Wortham Theatre on the University of Houston's central campus. More information is at 713-743-2929. Audio here.

(Loosley) LysistrataHouston opthalmologist and playwright Stewart Zuckerbrod has penned his own adaptation of an older work. Mr. Zuckerbrod came upon a graphic novel by renowned gay German comic artist, Ralf Koenig, who re-invented the story of Lysistrata with a couple of new homosexual twists. Dr. Zuckerbrod found this adaptation so brilliant and funny that he felt he had to bring it to the stage. His theatrical treatment of Koenig's piece, (Loosley) Lysistrata, is now in it's world premiere run at Stages Repertory Theatre, concluding the 2005-2006 season of the city's most active gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender theater company, Unhinged Productions. Zuckerbrod and actor Beth Borck and Jimmy Phillips talked about the show with Alison Young. Audio here.