May 8, 2009 9:20 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 05/08/2009
Today we ask, “Which is more enduring, Beauty or Pleasure?” That's the question at the heart of George Frideric Handel’s very first oratorio, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno – The Triumph of Time and Disillusionment, which Ars Lyrica Houston presents Sunday afternoon at the Hobby Center. Today, Artistic Director Matthew Dirst and a group of his musicians, including counter-tenor Gerrod Pagenkopf and tenor Joseph Gaines, join us live for excerpts from this striking musical setting of the battle of the wills...
May 6, 2009 10:07 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 05/06/2009
The 2009 Art Car Weekend is upon us. And, in anticipation of the 22nd Annual Art Car Parade we chat with art-car artists Kenny Browning and Bryan Taylor chat about their mobile creations, The Iron Maiden and Party Boat, inspired by a Viking warship ... and Santa Car Three, dedicated to Santa Claus and his sleigh. Those are a couple of the 250 road-worthy art works, from sublime to absurd, that will be rolling along Allen Parkway into downtown Houston this weekend...
May 5, 2009 8:53 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 05/05/2009
Artistic Director Stanton Welch gives us a sense of the program Houston Ballet will present in its annual appearance at Miller Outdoor Theatre this weekend: the bill includes classics by two giants of twentieth-century dance, George Balanchine and Hans van Manen … and two relatively new works by Welch himself...
May 5, 2009 8:00 am
School Closings Due to Swine Flu
The Houston Health Department says all Houston area schools can reopen Wednesday. Federal health officials are no longer recommending that schools close if students come down with swine flu. Some schools are choosing to open on Thursday.
May 4, 2009 8:31 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 05/04/2009
We follow a group of visual artists as they venture into a field other than the one they’re best known for … as we look at sketches, studies and other works on paper by seven artists who’ve generally made their name as painters. A collection of their drawings is currently on display in the exhibition, Beneath the Seen, at the Wade Wilson Art gallery...
May 1, 2009 9:59 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 05/01/2009
Bayou City jazz vocalist, Kristine Mills, joins us in the studio live to sing some of the original Brazilian-flavored songs that appear on her brand-new album, bossanovafied, which she’ll celebrate with a CD Release Party, tomorrow night at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck...
April 30, 2009 9:41 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/30/2009
Today, we preview the brand-new opera, Brief Encounter, by Grammy and Academy-Award-winning composer, pianist and conductor, André Previn. It opens tomorrow night at the Wortham Center, where it’s being presented by Houston Grand Opera, and we speak with The Man Himself – André Previn – along with librettist and director, John Caird … soprano Elizabeth Futral … and baritone Nathan Gunn … each of them sharing their particular insights on this World Première production, based on a play and film scripted by Noel Coward. …
April 29, 2009 8:52 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/29/2009
Conductor Leonard Slatkin stops by the program today. He is joined by composer Roberto Sierra, soprano Heidi Grant Murphy and baritone Thomas Meglioranza for a discussion with KUHF's Dean Dalton about Sierra's Missa Latina which is receiving it's Texas premiere this weekend in concerts with the Houston Symphony...
April 29, 2009 4:28 pm
The Front Row, Tuessday, 04/28/2009
The dancers of the Houston Ballet are currently on tour. The company is on its first visit to Europe in seven years and its first tour of Spain since 1982. The Ballet’s General Manager Jim Nelson gives us a report from the road...
April 29, 2009 10:00 am
Swine Flu Awareness, Prevention and Resources
April 28, 2009 4:28 pm
Flooding Safety Tips and Helpful Resources
April 28, 2009 3:54 pm
School Closings due to Flooding
April 23, 2009 8:38 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/02/2009
We get a taste of “Subversive Jazz” from visiting trumpeter Tim Hagans and Houston’s Core Trio, as they join forces with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble for a concert Saturday night at the Barnvelder Theatre featuring a program of original, improvised music paired with spontaneous dance works. Today we hear a preview from the Geary Performance Studio...
April 22, 2009 8:59 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/22/2009
Irish fiddler Kevin Burke and guitarist Cal Scott play ballads and reels for us, looking ahead to their performances this weekend at the Houston International Festival’s Salute to Ireland...
April 21, 2009 8:51 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 04/21/2009
Producer and actress Christina Mauro talks about her film, Stellina Blue, in which she plays the title character. The movie has its Texas Premiere tonight at the AMC 30 Theatre on Dunvale; it’s one of the 56 new feature-length independent films being screened at this year’s WorldFest – the Houston International Film Festival...
April 21, 2009 8:32 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 04/21/2009
Today, we speak with Phillip Setzer, violinist with the internationally-acclaimed Emerson String Quartet. Mr. Setzer and his colleagues play pieces by Mozart, Webern, Prokofiev and Dvorák in the season’s concluding Houston Friends of Music chamber recital, tomorrow evening in Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall...
April 17, 2009 8:54 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 04/17/2009
Flutist Christina Jennings is joined in the Geary Performance Studio by composer Cater Pann to discuss Pann's Flute Concerto which was comissioned and will recieve it's world premiere performance by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra this weekend...
April 16, 2009 8:50 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/16/2009
Houston Grand Opera Studio alumnus, baritone Scott Hendricks, and Met Opera National Council Auditions winner, tenor Eric Cutler, give us a preview of H-G-O’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto plus some perspective on their respective roles as the opera’s title-character and his boss, the licentious Duke of Mantua...
April 15, 2009 9:41 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/15/2009
One of Australia’s leading dancer-choreographers, Ros Warby, talks with us about her award-winning work, Monumental, a solo piece that incorporates two of ballet’s most iconic figures: the swan and the soldier. Warby performs Monumental Friday evening at the Wortham Center under the sponsorship of Society for the Performing Arts...
April 14, 2009 11:22 pm
Building Collapses, One Fatality
A building collapses near the Gulf Freeway and Griggs Road off of I-45.
The Houston Fire Department rescued 2 and confirms one fatality. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident.
April 14, 2009 9:17 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 04/14/2009
Reed flutist Tolga Unaldi plays live for us, previewing the concert of Modern Turkish Sufi Music that he presents tomorrow evening at the Rothko Chapel. Then we meet Danish Maestro Thomas Dausgaard, the guest conductor of this weekend’s Houston Symphony concerts...
April 14, 2009 7:52 pm
Da Camera Podcast: Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E Flat Major
This podcast- the third in our partnership with Houston's Da Camera- features Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E Flat Major, K. 407, performed by William VerMeulen, horn; Curtis Macomber, violin; Toby Appel and Wayne Brooks, violas and Norman Fischer, cello. The performance was part of 2006’s MozartNOW Festival, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. Click here for more information on this piece.
April 13, 2009 9:23 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 04/13/2009
Cellist Lynn Harrell stops by the Geary Performance Studio and brings some of his distinguished colleagues from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music for a performance of a portion of the Sextet by Brahms that is included on his final farewell recital tomorrow night...
April 10, 2009 8:51 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 04/10/2009
Today, we feature live performance by Relâche, an internationally-renowned contemporary-music ensemble from Philadelphia. Relâche performs The Misbehaving Octet by Mexican composer, Arturo Márquez, previewing their Syzygy, New Music at Rice concert tonight at the Shepherd School of Music...
April 9, 2009 9:14 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/09/2009
Two of the internationally-acclaimed dance masters and choreographers who are in town for the city’s 14th annual Dance Salad Festival. We get a back-stage look at this year’s gathering of the world’s finest ballet and contemporary dance companies, to be featured in uniquely-curated programs, tonight through Saturday at the Wortham Center...
April 8, 2009 9:22 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/08/2009
Today, we’re off on a journey Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as two members of the cast of the new national touring production of The Wizard of Oz -- Cassie Okenka, who plays Dorothy, and Noah Aberlin, The Scarecrow -- sing two of the show’s most popular songs, live...
April 7, 2009 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 04/07/2009
The Chiara String Quartet plays chamber music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold in the Geary Performance Studio in anticipation of their concert for Da Camera Houston and, artists associated with the Piping Rock Singers assemble in Studio 3-C for a preview of their concert for Holy Week, Portraits of Passion...
April 6, 2009 9:22 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 04/06/2009
Best-selling Chilean author, Isabel Allende, chats with KUHF's Dean Dalton about her latest book, The Sum of Our Days, which reveals intimate details about her marriage, her loves and infidelities, the dilemmas, the disasters and the joys of her private life...
April 3, 2009 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 04/03/2009
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon talks about his opera The Grapes of Wrath. He is in town for rehearsal and the opening-night performance of the work which is given by the Moores Opera Center and Directed by Buck Ross...
April 2, 2009 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/02/2009
Pianist, composer and American jazz icon, Ramsey Lewis, chats with us about the concert he and his Trio play Saturday night at The Centrum in Spring. We also hear from violist Lawrence Wheeler as he previews the recital of chamber pieces by Mozart and Beethoven he’s going to present tonight at Houston Baptist University in partnership with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Lynn Harrell...