December 10, 2013 5:03 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking "The Nutcracker" with Michael Remson and Shelly Power
We all know The Nutcracker, right? Wrong! In this episode of Classical Classroom, Shelly Power (director, Houston Ballet Academy) and Michael Remson (executive director, American Festival of the Arts) blow your minds with the history of the ballet and a behind-the-scenes look at the massive undertaking that putting on the show entails every year.
December 10, 2013 4:48 pm
Houston Music Highlight: Houston Symphony
Houston Music Highlight is a regular segment featuring performances by Houston-based ensembles and soloists. In this segment we hear the Houston Symphony under former music director Leopold Stokowski perform the conductor’s own transcription for orchestra of a Chopin Mazurka (Op. 17, No. 4) from a recently-rereleased and remastered recording which first came out on the Everest label in 1960.
December 9, 2013 4:22 pm
The Art Guys Agree On Painting, Again, This Time From Thirty Feet Up
Houston's Jack Massing and Michael Galbreth, the Art Guys, celebrate 30 years of collaboration with the creation of a new performative painting.
December 6, 2013 6:07 pm
Opera Cheat Sheet: Rigoletto
Need a quick primer on this week's opera? Listen to our light-hearted overview of Giuseppe Verdi's towering tragedy Rigoletto, which opens a brand new Metropolitan Opera broadcast season Saturday at noon.
December 6, 2013 6:04 pm
Messiah!...from the Houston Chamber Choir & ROCO
Saturday evening, December 6th, at St. John the Divine in River Oaks, the Houston Chamber Choir and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra present Part I of Handel's Messiah (the Christmas part), and Alessandro Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata. HCC artistic director Robert Simpson came in to talk to St.John Flynn about this Christmas performance by the two ensembles.
December 6, 2013 4:02 pm
Houston Ballet's Jubilee of Dance
Houston Ballet's annual Jubilee of Dance takes to the stage of the Wortham Center's Brown Theatre tonight, for one night only. This year's Jubille celebrates Stanton Welch’s 10th anniversary as Artistic Director and features the full company in Welch's re-imagining of Marius Petipa's classical showpiece Paquita. Houston Ballet's Andrew Edmonson talks about the Jubilee of Dance with St.John Flynn
December 6, 2013 12:31 pm
Music in the Making December 8th at 7:06 PM
Princeton Miles hosts Music in the Making. Enjoy an hour of performances from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston including works by Prokofiev, Francois Rabbath, and Rice's Richard Lavenda. MusicLab Intern Daniel Webbon chats with Moores School alumnus George Heathco.
December 4, 2013 6:03 pm
Liminal Space Contemporary Ensemble: Steve Reich's 2 x 5
Music Lab Intern Daniel Webbon sits down with University of Houston Alumnus George Heathco to talk about his upcoming performance of Steve Reich's 2 x 5.
December 4, 2013 5:21 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 32: The Making of Handel's Messiah with Robert Simpson
Handel's Messiah is a beloved Christmas favorite. But, as Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of Houston Chamber Choir, tells us, it is oh-so-much more than the "Hallelujah" chorus. Like, 250 pages more. All of which we cover in this half-hour episode. Just kidding!
December 4, 2013 4:58 pm
Houston Music Highlight
Houston Music Highlight is a regular segment featuring performances by Houston-based ensembles and soloists. In this segment we hear music by the Presti guitar trio from their recently-released debut album.
December 4, 2013 4:57 pm
The Spirit of Christmas: A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre
Actors Jeffrey Bean and John Feltch, Ebenezer Scrooge and Mrs. Dilber respectively, talk with St.John Flynn about the Alley Theatre’s annual staging of Michael Wilson’s production of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas, based on the famous novella by Charles Dickens.
December 3, 2013 9:45 am
New CD Release of Music by Rice University's Richard Lavenda
Chiaroscuro is the newly-released CD of chamber music by Shepherd School of Music faculty composer Richard Lavenda. The five pieces on the album, including a string quintet titled thoughts fly, were all written for friends, many at Rice. Listen to the composer talking about, and hear a movement from, thoughts fly, from an interview earlier this year with St.John Flynn.
November 27, 2013 6:27 pm
Hans Graf Returns to Conduct the Houston Symphony
This weekend (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) Hans Graf returns to Jones Hall as Conductor Laureate to lead the Houston Symphony in performances featuring Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. Also on the program, Edvard Grieg’s overture In Autumn. Dean Dalton talks to both artists about this weekend’s music.
November 27, 2013 1:59 pm
Opera Cheat Sheet: Tristan und Isolde
Listen to our quick, light-hearted overview of Richard Wagner’s monumental Tristan und Isolde, one of the pinnacles of the operatic repertoire, and one of the greatest love stories ever told, which is this week’s Houston Grand Opera broadcast, Saturday at noon here on Classical 91.7.
November 27, 2013 1:12 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 31: The Music of Hanukkah (Chanuka? Hanuka?) with Cantor Benjamin Matis
Happy Thanksgivukkah everyone! That's right: the Julian and the Hebrew calendars have aligned this year to create a day even more amazing than Hanukkah and more delicious than Thanksgiving. There won't be another until the year 79811! To honor this rare occasion, Cantor Benjamin Matis of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY in Long Island schools us on the history and music of Hanukkah.
November 26, 2013 5:36 pm
CAMH: "Outside the Lines"
In celebration of its 65th anniversary, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents round one in a six-part exhibition series exploring contemporary abstraction. On view through January 5.
November 25, 2013 4:13 pm
Antonio Berni: "Juanito and Ramona"
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents a groundbreaking exhibition of works by Argentinean artist Antonio Berni (1905-1981), considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. On view through January 26.
November 22, 2013 5:22 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 30: The Rite of Spring in Fall with Ana Maria Otamendi
Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring was so revolutionary that its alien sounds literally incited a riot at its premiere. Dr. Ana Maria Otamendi, Venezuelan pianist and professor at the University of Houston tells us why! And btw, we are aware that it's Fall. But we don't even care!
November 22, 2013 4:59 pm
Opera Cheat Sheet: Don Giovanni
Listen to our quick, light-hearted overview of Mozart's Don Giovanni, one of the most-performed operas in the repertoire, which is this week’s Houston Grand Opera broadcast airing Saturday at noon here on Classical 91.7.
November 22, 2013 3:36 pm
Houston Symphony Plays Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4
This weekend’s Houston Symphony concerts in Jones Hall feature guest conductor Andrey Boreyko leading the orchestra in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, and Christopher Rouse’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra titled Der gerettete Alberich (Alberich Saved) with soloist Colin Currie. Listen to the guests talk about this great music.
November 22, 2013 1:20 pm
Opera in the Heights' Don Pasquale
Opera in the Heights’ production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale closes its run this weekend with three performances at Lambert Hall. Two of the principals, soprano Katie Dixon, singing the role of Norina, and baritone Octavio Moreno, Dr. Malatesta, joined St.John Flynn in the Geary Performance Studio to sing and talk about this great opera buffa.
November 21, 2013 5:36 pm
Mercury Presents Napoleon and the Battle of Nations
Saturday evening at the Wortham Center, Mercury-the Orchestra Redefined presents Napoleon and the Battle of Nations, a concert featuring rarely-performed, politically-charged works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Johann Adolf Hasse, and Carl Maria von Weber.
November 18, 2013 4:13 pm
Fresh Arts: 2013 Winter Holiday Art Market
Now in its eighth year, Fresh Arts' annual Winter Holiday Art Market is an opportunity to directly support Houston's art community while holiday shopping or trying your eye at art collecting. Nov. 22-24 at Winter Street Studios.
November 18, 2013 12:23 pm
Houston Grand Opera broadcast information
Saturday afternoon's broadcast of Houston Grand Opera's Xerxes had some major technical difficulties. We apologize for this and want to let you know that we will air the broadcast again Tuesday evening (November 19) at 8PM.
November 15, 2013 6:06 pm
Opera Cheat Sheet: Xerxes
Listen to our quick, light-hearted overview of George Frideric Handel's Xerxes, which is this week's Houston Grand Opera broadcast airing Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7.
November 15, 2013 3:33 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 29: Wesley Horner on the intimate conversation of Beethoven's 7th Symphony
Beethoven's 7th Symphony (Yes! We finally talk about Beethoven!) is one of independent producer, author, documentary filmmaker, and Peabody Award-winner, Wesley Horner's favorite pieces of music. In this episode, Wes takes us on an emotional journey through this masterful musical conversation. Caution: you may want to dance or weep - or dance and weep - when you listen to this.
November 15, 2013 3:23 pm
Mildred's Umbrella: "Carnival Round the Central Figure"
Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company presents the Houston premiere of Diana Amsterdam's darkly comic, abstract meditation on the absurd ways people deal with the inevitablity of death. It runs through Nov. 23 at Spring Street Studios.
November 14, 2013 8:03 pm
Houston New Arts Movement Presents Shostakovich
This Saturday at Dowling Music on the Southwest Freeway, the Houston New Arts Movement presents the second of a series of three recitals, collectively titled “Transformation Trilogy,” which explore themes of spiritual metamorphosis and change, as expressed in the chamber music of three masters: Beethoven, Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke.
November 14, 2013 5:02 pm
Howard Sherman: "Metaphysical Batman"
Artist Howard Sherman explains the latest shift in his work, augmenting his explosive abstract paintings with cut-and-torn paper formations. The exhibition "Metaphysical Batman" is on view through November 27 at McMurtrey Gallery.
November 14, 2013 8:00 am
Music from the Movies
Brad Sayles hosts an hour of great film music that spans generations. This week we'll be transported through time, not by the TARDIS, but by KUHF's Business Reporter Andrew Schneider. With the 50th anniversary just days away, we'll sample some of the great moments in this half-century running television series. Tune in at our new time: 7pm on SATURDAY or our usual time 5pm on SUNDAY.