April 25, 2012 9:10 pm
English composer Bob Chilcott, a long-time member of the King’s Singers, tells us about his major choral piece, the Salisbury Vespers. He’ll conduct the work’s Texas premiere when it’s performed in Houston by the Choirs of Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church.
April 25, 2012 9:02 pm
Soprano Joyce DiDonato talks about portraying Mary, Queen of Scots, in Houston Grand Opera’s presentation of Gaetano Donizetti’s historical drama Maria Stuarda.
April 24, 2012 8:41 pm
"The Unexpected Man"
Actors Sally Edmundson and James Belcher talk about Stages Repertory Theatre’s new production of The Unexpected Man, by the popular French writer Yasmina Reza. A woman riding on a train realizes that the gentleman sharing the compartment with her is her favorite author. Will she muster up the courage to speak to him? Will he have anything to say to her?
April 24, 2012 8:36 pm
Catalyst Quartet (video)
We introduce you to the Catalyst Quartet, an ensemble made up of top winners and alumni of the internationally-acclaimed Sphinx Competition for emerging young Black and Latino musicians. They perform a preview of the program of works by Beethoven, Webern, Ginastera and Ravel they’ll present at the Wortham Center as part of Society for the Performing Arts’ Young Concert Artists’ Series.
The Catalyst Quartet performs and talks with St.John Flynn
April 24, 2012 8:09 pm
Emerson String Quartet
Violinist Eugene Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton talk about the season-concluding program of pieces by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven that the Emerson String Quartet will play for the Houston Friends of Chamber Music at Rice University.
April 23, 2012 9:45 pm
"An Optical Chapel"
Houston photographic artist David A. Brown shows us the meditative space he has created, the interior (and exterior) of which is covered by 11,000 photographic images. An Optical Chapel is part of the FotoFest-related group exhibition on display at a vacated medical clinic next door to Khon’s Bar in Midtown.
April 23, 2012 9:39 pm
Playwright Greg Hundemer and director Philip Hays talk about Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s staged reading of Hundemer’s play The Simulacrum. In this psychological fantasy, a woman is haunted in her dreams by a man who claims she is nothing more than a character in a story he’s writing.
April 23, 2012 9:29 pm
We talk with W. S. Merwin, 17th U.S. Poet Laureate, about writing, poetry, memory and life. He reads a selection from his latest book of verse, The Shadow of Sirius, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Merwin concludes Houston’s celebration of National Poetry Month and this year’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series -- presented by Inprint -- with a live reading and conversation at the Alley Theatre.
April 20, 2012 7:39 pm
We preview another of the new independent movies screening at the Houston International Film Festival. Mexican-born, Puerto Rican writer-producer-director Sonia Fritz, tells us about her movie América, in which a young Hispanic woman escapes an abusive relationship and starts a new life in New York City.
April 20, 2012 7:32 pm
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
Executive artistic director and principal oboist Alecia Lawyer, guest conductor Alastair Willis and Shepherd School of Music composer Anthony Brandt, talk about Saturday’s final River Oaks Chamber Orchestra concert of the season, which includes the world premiere of Brandt’s orchestral song Maternity – Women’s Voices Through the Ages.
April 20, 2012 7:27 pm
"Folk Colorings of the Impressionist Masters" (video)
Members of Houston’s Apollo Chamber Players perform small-ensemble pieces by Debussy, Ravel and Satie, previewing their recital Folk Colorings of the Impressionist Masters, which they’ll present at Rice University.
The Apollo Chamber Players speak with St.John Flynn.
April 19, 2012 8:25 pm
"Archaeology of a Woman"
Filmmaker Sharon Greytak and "The Queen of Independent Film," actress Sally Kirkland, talk about their new production, Archaeology of a Woman, which has its world premiere at WorldFest – The Houston International Film Festival.
April 19, 2012 8:20 pm
"Geography Comes to an End"
Houston composers Brian Herrington and Stephen Yip talk about their new pieces that will be included on Geography Comes to an End, a concert of world premières that celebrate the coming-together of spirituality, landscape and folk traditions. Sam Houston State’s Intersection New Music Collective performs this program of contemporary works at the Rothko Chapel.
April 19, 2012 8:14 pm
One of Argentina’s leading exponents of both the traditional and the New Tango, Héctor del Curto talks about his country’s signature music and dance form, which he and his quintet and dancers will demonstrate as the 42nd-annual Houston International Festival opens its 2012 “Salute to Argentina.”
April 18, 2012 9:22 pm
"100 Years of Broadway"
We meet musical-theater composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg, whose revue, 100 Years of Broadway (presented by Society for the Performing Arts), features five veterans of the Great White Way who’ve played the lead roles in such blockbusters as Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast and Jekyll and Hyde.
April 18, 2012 9:16 pm
"In the Mood 2 ... Dance!"
Choreographer Patton White and dancer Heather Kemp tell us about In the Mood 2…Dance, a program of new and revival contemporary dance pieces that CORE Performance Company will present at Miller Outdoor Theatre. All of the works on program are inspired by the swinging music of the Big-Band Era of the 1930s and '40s.
April 18, 2012 9:08 pm
Executive artistic director John Johnston and lead player Philip Lehl talk about the Classical Theatre Company’s new production of what they see as Shakespeare’s swan song, The Tempest.
April 17, 2012 8:09 pm
"Bella Gaia: A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space"
Violinist, composer and filmmaker Kenji Williams previews his multimedia Earth Day program Bella Gaia: A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space, which he will present at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Through original music, movement, spoken word and video images (some of them provided by NASA), Williams and his company offer a program that reminds us how dependent we are on the beautiful, fragile, green-and-blue ball upon which we live.
April 17, 2012 7:55 pm
"Baroque on the Border"
Mexican-American visual artist Rigoberto Gonzalez shows us the monumental canvases he created for his exhibition Baroque on the Border at Art League Houston. The paintings depict the sometimes violent aspects of contemporary life along the Mexico-U.S. border, using stylistic elements, intense colors and symbols that borrow from Seventeenth Century masters like Caravaggio.
April 17, 2012 7:49 pm
"A Complicated Woman"
Keith Weber of the Grace Song vocal chamber-music series introduces us to his latest discovery, Houston-based soprano Blair Doerge. They talk about the recital A Complicated Woman, which they’ll present at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
April 16, 2012 7:26 pm
Celtic Woman: "Believe"
We speak with Irish singer Lisa Lambe, one of the newer members of the Celtic Woman cast. "Believe," the tour’s latest evening of traditional Irish, pop, inspirational songs, fiddle tunes and step-dancing, plays Jones Hall under the auspices of Society for the Performing Arts.
April 16, 2012 7:20 pm
Brooklyn-based visual artist Marina Zurkow takes us on a tour of Necrocracy, her immersive exhibition of video animations, drawings and sculptural pieces that explore the dynamics and contentions that occur between unspoiled Nature and the business of petrochemical production. Zurkow’s Fotofest-affiliated installation is on view at DiverseWorks.
April 16, 2012 7:14 pm
Edward Grigassy & Grisha Goryachev
Houston guitarist Edward Grigassy and his Russian performing partner Grisha Goryachev talk about the duo-recital of classical and flamenco guitar music they’ll present at Houston Community College.
April 13, 2012 7:50 pm
"Come Fly Away"
Lead dancers Ramona Kelly and Christopher Vo describe their roles as the naïve young couple who meet at a dance hall in Come Fly Away, the dance-musical that combines the innovative choreography of Twyla Tharp with the vocals of Frank Sinatra.
April 13, 2012 7:41 pm
Zack Bean & Rebecca Wadlinger
Poet Rebecca Wadlinger and fiction-writer Zack Bean talk about their craft and read samples of their latest creations. Both are graduate fellows enrolled in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, and they’ll be featured in a reading presented by Gulf Coast Magazine.
April 13, 2012 7:33 pm
Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell chats about the solo recital she'll give at the Rothko Chapel as part of the Fourth Annual Menil Community Arts Festival, hosted by the Menil Collection and its neighboring Museum District arts organizations.
April 12, 2012 7:20 pm
"Circle of Perpetual Apparition"
Choreographer Jennifer Wood previews her latest evening-length dance-piece, Circle of Perpetual Apparition, which her Suchu Dance Company will present in a series of performances at the Barnvelder Movement/Arts Complex.
April 12, 2012 7:15 pm
Louis Gossett Jr.
Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. talks about his role in the new movie, Smitty, which will be the Gala Opening feature of this year’s Forty-Fifth Annual WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival.
April 12, 2012 7:07 pm
Pablo Heras-Casado & Jon Kimura Parker
Acclaimed young Spanish maestro Pablo Heras-Casado, and internationally-renowned Houston-based pianist Jon Kimura Parker, chat about their Houston Symphony concerts, which include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number One and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka ballet score.
April 11, 2012 8:25 pm
Asia Society Texas' Public Grand Opening and First Look Festival
Executive director Martha Blackwelder and director of programs Sabrina Motley give us a “first look” at the Asia Society Texas’s new headquarters. Our guests describe the organization's Public Grand Opening and First Look Festival of musical performances, arts and activities, in celebration of the brand-new Museum District center, designed by the famed Japanese architect, Yoshio Taniguchi.