April 4, 2012 6:15 pm
Houston Friends of Chamber Music - Vienna Piano Trio
We speak with pianist Stefan Mendl, one of the founding members of the Vienna Piano Trio. He talks about the recital of pieces by Haydn, Schoenberg and Beethoven that the ensemble will play for the Houston Friends of Chamber Music, tonight at Rice University.
April 3, 2012 5:17 pm
FotoFest 2012 Biennal - Contemporary Russian Photography:The Young Generation
We tour an exhibition of contemporary Russian photography with curator Irina Chmyrova and with artist Nikita Pirogov, one of the younger-generation artists whose work is on display. This show is currently being presented as part of the FotoFest 2012 Biennial.
April 3, 2012 5:01 pm
Greenbriar Consortium / Channing Concerts - Animalia (videos)
Oboist Xiaodi Liu [pictured] and pianist Cat Schaeffer of the Greenbriar Consortium, plus vocalists from The Piping Rock Singers, perform pieces about animals! Oboist and concert curator, Anne Leek, also joins them to chat about their program, Animalia, coming up tomorrow evening at First Unitarian-Universalist Church.
April 3, 2012 4:57 pm
Wordsmyth Theater Company - A Barrow
Houston playwright William Duell and director Zachary Doss discuss Mr. Duell’s play, A Barrow, which will receive a staged reading by Wordsmyth Theatre tonight at Main Street Theater’s Chelsea Market playhouse. The drama asks two questions: How far does one have to journey to escape certain memories, and how far will a person go for love?
April 2, 2012 4:50 pm
Musiqa - Key Images (video)
Members of the Musiqa contemporary ensemble perform selections from Key Images, a program of new music and film, coming up tomorrow night at the Hobby Center! Also joining us are film curator, Mary Magsamen of the Aurora Picture Show, and Musiqa composers, Anthony Brandt and Marcus Maroney, whose works will be showcased alongside artist-made animated films inspired by the rhythms and melodic patterns of music.
April 2, 2012 4:42 pm
The Piatigorsky Foundation - Evan Drachman & Richard Dowling
We have a live performance by Houston pianist, Richard Dowling, and his long-time collaborator, cellist Evan Drachman, grandson of legendary cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky! The Piatigorsky Foundation presents both musicians in a benefit recital this evening at Dowling Music, and we preview their program of pieces by Haydn and Rachmaninov.
April 2, 2012 4:34 pm
Houston Symphony - Hilary Hahn & Alexander Shelley
Violin superstar, Hilary Hahn, and guest conductor, Alexander Shelley, chat about this weekend’s Houston Symphony concerts, which feature an all-early-20th-century program, including Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Elgar's Enigma Variations.
March 30, 2012 5:32 pm
Kristine Mills & Tommy "TJ" James
Houston Press Award-winning Bayou City jazz singer, Kristine Mills, and Tommy “TJ” James, long-time pianist, arranger and producer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, get things swingin' in the Geary Performance Studio! It's a preview of the shows that they and their band will perform this evening at Wade Wilson ART and Saturday night at Cézanne.
March 30, 2012 5:18 pm
Moores Opera Center - Der Rosenkavalier (video)
We hear the famous “Presentation of the Rose” Scene and the Final Trio from the opera, Der Rosenkavalier, performed by singers from a new production of Richard Strauss’s popular romantic comedy, to be presented this weekend at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.
March 29, 2012 5:16 pm
Wade Wilson ART - Libbie Masterson: Nuit
We look at the images on display in one of the local gallery exhibitions being presented in conjunction with the FotoFest Biennial. Nuit at Wade Wilson Art features pictures taken by photographer Libbie Masterson while she was in residence in France.
March 29, 2012 5:06 pm
Mildred's Umbrella - Dead Man's Cell Phone
We speak with stage-director, Rob Kimbro, and Artistic Director and actress, Jennifer Decker, about the Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl. In this quirky comedy-drama, a woman who is having lunch at a local café is annoyed by another diner's ringing cell phone. When the woman discovers that the man is dead, she takes his phone and begins answering his calls, becoming deeply involved with the dark secrets of his life.
March 29, 2012 4:58 pm
Mercury - The Virtuoso Violin with Monica Huggett
One of the world’s leading early-music violinists, Monica Huggett, and Antoine Plante, Artistic Director of the period-instrument ensemble now known simply as “Mercury," talk about the showpieces that Ms. Huggett will perform with Mercury on their concert, Virtuoso Violin, Friday night in Houston and Saturday evening in Lake Jackson.
March 28, 2012 10:08 pm
Texas Repertory Theatre Company - Crimes of the Heart
Director Steve Fenley and his three leading ladies from the Texas Repertory Theatre Company’s new production of Beth Henley’s play, Crimes of the Heart, join us. In this Pulitzer-Prize winning Southern-Gothic comedy, three adult sisters are reunited at the family homestead in small-town Mississippi after one of the young women shoots her husband.
March 28, 2012 10:01 pm
FotoFest - After Stalin, "The Thaw", and The Re-Emergence of the Personal Voice
Evgeny Berezner and Irina Chmyrova curators of After Stalin, ‘The Thaw,’ and The Re-Emergence of the Personal Voice, an exhibition of photographs from the Soviet Era. It’s one of three collections of Contemporary Soviet and Russian Photography being presented by FotoFest as part of its Fourteenth Biennial celebration of photography and photo-related arts.
March 28, 2012 9:45 pm
Bach Society Houston - Saint John Passion
Early-music specialist Matthew Dirst talks about the Bach Society Houston’s upcoming performances of its namesake’s Saint John Passion. The Bach Society Choir and the instrumental ensemble Camerata Ventapane perform this powerful sacred work under Dr. Dirst’s direction, twice next week: Palm Sunday evening and good Friday afternoon, at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
March 27, 2012 10:12 pm
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series - Gary Shteyngart
We chat with Gary Shteyngart, described by the Seattle Times as, “one of the most acclaimed, enjoyable – and unsettling novelists working today.” He read from his latest opus, Super Sad True Love Story Monday at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theatre as part of this month’s literary offering from Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.
March 27, 2012 9:57 pm
Theatre Under The Stars - Annie
Michele Ragusa and George Dvorsky, play the evil orphanage director, Miss Hannigan, and filthy-rich but kindly industrialist, Oliver Warbucks, respectively, in Theatre Under The Stars’ new production of the popular musical, Annie. It runs through next weekend at The Hobby Center.
March 26, 2012 9:48 pm
The Gay Men's Chorus of Houston - Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Linus Lerner, Artistic Director of Bayou City Performing Arts, and retired U-S Air Force Colonel, Terrel S. Preston discuss Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the nation’s first musical tribute to the men and women who successfully lobbied for the repeal of the Federal Government’s policy toward gays serving in the Armed Forces. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston presented that concert Saturday evening in the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston’s Wortham Center.
March 26, 2012 9:38 pm
The Invincible Czars - Martyrs of the Alamo
Austin’s Invincible Czars return to play portions of the original score they’ve created for the oldest surviving film about the battle for the independence of Texas: Martyrs of the Alamo. Houston Public Media screened that 1915 silent movie Friday evening at Discovery Green, downtown.
March 26, 2012 9:33 pm
The Apollo Chamber Players String Quartet - From Russia, With Love (video)
The Apollo Chamber Players String Quartet and Shepherd School of Music staff pianist, Neal Kurz, play Shostakovich, Borodin and Prokofiev for us, previewing their concert, From Russia, With Love, which took place Saturday evening in the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall.
The Apollo Chamber Players String Quartet speaks with St. John Flynn.
March 23, 2012 8:28 pm
Moores School of Music - Jazz for a Saturday Evening
Moores School of Music faculty pianist and composer, Brian Suits, bassist Dennis Whittaker, guitarist Robert Wolf, and guest violinist Eden MacAdam-Somer perform for us! They preview Professor Suits’s Faculty Recital, Jazz for a Saturday Evening,coming up this weekend at the University of Houston’s Dudley Recital Hall.
March 23, 2012 8:16 pm
Writer Nick Flynn - Being Flynn
Writer Nick Flynn, who teaches in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, talks about Being Flynn, the movie adaptation of his acclaimed memoir, Another B-S Night in Suck City. Nick Flynn was an artistic collaborator on the film, which opened in Houston last weekend and stars Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano.
March 23, 2012 7:50 pm
Black Lab Theatre - Our House
Director David Rainey and actor Mike Yager chat about Our House by Theresa Rebeck, a satirical comedy that shows what could happen when Actual Reality collides with Reality TV in our media-obsessed culture.
March 22, 2012 9:23 pm
DiverseWorks - Composer-musician, Anthony Barilla
And composer-musician, Anthony Barilla, makes his triumphal return to the Bayou City. The former Music Director of Infernal Bridegroom Productions has been living in a small town in Kosovo for the past five years. Tonight night at DiverseWorks, Mr. Barilla and his band, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, present the world première of his new musical show, Apocalypse Town, a distillation of his experiences of living in the tense, ethnically-divided Balkan state.
March 22, 2012 9:12 pm
Music Doing Good - Saxophonist Branford Marsalis
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis previews the Music Doing Good benefit concert he’ll perform Friday night at the Hobby Center. Mr. Marsalis and pianist, Joey Calderazzo, will present a program primarily made up of the repertoire from their CD, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy.
March 22, 2012 8:41 pm
Artist Emily Peacock at Lawndale Art Center
Bayou-City-based photographic artist, Emily Peacock, talks about the images that are on display in her FotoFest-affiliated exhibition, You, Me and Diane, at the Lawndale Art Center. Ms. Peacock re-creates Diane Arbus’s haunting camera portraits of society’s outsiders using herself and members of her family as her subjects.
March 22, 2012 8:22 pm
Music Director Hans Graf
Music Director Hans Graf tells us about this weekend’s all-orchestral Houston Symphony concerts, which include Mozart’s familiar Serenade in G, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, plus Apollon Musagète, one of Igor Stravinsky’s lesser-known ballet scores.
March 21, 2012 11:29 pm
Composer Joelle Zigman, Soprano Angela Schmidt & Artist Lydia Smith
Joelle Zigman and Angela Schmidt are The Front Row's two production interns, who are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Before they graduate at the end of the semester, we say “Thank You” for their service by highlighting a project in which they are currently involved. Ms. Zigman's Senior Recital as a composition student at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music will feature her Sapphic song-cycle, which will be sung by her fellow intern, soprano Angela Schmidt. The concert is presented alongside the opening of an exhibition by Rice visual artist, Lydia Smith. We hear music by Ms. Zigman and chat with all three artists.
March 21, 2012 11:20 pm
Big Head Productions - 13 Miles from Security
Houston writer, Kathy Drum, talks about her play, 13 Miles from Security, which is currently being presented at the Obsidian Art Space by Big Head Productions. Ms. Drum, herself, has a role in her dark comedy about two Texas gals who abandon their husbands and take off in search of something better. Director Ricky L. Welch also joins us for the conversation.
March 21, 2012 9:58 pm
Houston Chamber Choir - A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
We chat with Robert Simpson, Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Choir, and Houston-based composer, Dominick DiOrio [pictured], whose newest piece, A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, will receive its World Première on the choir’s concert, Saturday evening at the Church of St. John the Divine.