July 13, 2011 2:50 am
Texas Repertory Theatre - Smokey Joe's Cafe
Actors from the Texas Repertory Theatre Company -- led by Musical Director, Luke Kirkwood, and stage-director, Dan O'Brien -- perform songs from their production of Smokey Joe's Café, the musical revue featuring hits by the legendary song-writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who penned such chart-toppers as Jailhouse Rock, Love Potion No. 9, Yakety Yak and Stand By Me!
July 13, 2011 2:38 am
Alley Theatre - And Then There Were None
One of the house-guests gathered for a weekend on a remote island … is a murderer! Alley Theatre Artistic Director, Gregory Boyd, talks about Agatha Christie's classic "whodunit," And Then There Were None, this year’s “Summer Chills” production.
July 10, 2011 7:04 pm
The Grand - "A Ride with Bob" starring Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel
Ray Benson -- the man, who is almost single-handedly carrying on the grand musical tradition of Western Swing -- and three members of his band, Asleep at the Wheel, perform for us! They treat us to tunes from A Ride With Bob: The Bob Wills Musical, being presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston.
July 10, 2011 6:55 pm
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting
We talk with Michael Clarke, Director of the National Gallery of Scotland, about the traveling exhibition of paintings and drawings by Titian and other masters of the Venetian Renaissance, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
July 10, 2011 6:53 pm
International Festival-Institute at Round Top - Conductor Ransom Wilson
The Orchestra at Round Top pays tribute to the legendary Ballets Russes! Renowned flutist and conductor, Ransom Wilson, talks about the program of early 20th-century ballet scores he’ll conduct with the Texas Festival Orchestra on Festival Hill.
July 10, 2011 6:43 pm
Remembering Cy Twombly
We pay our respects to American visual artist, Cy Twombly, who died yesterday in Rome at the age of 83. The icon had a close working relationship with The Menil Collection in Houston, whose Cy Twombly Gallery is devoted exclusively to the artist's works.
July 10, 2011 6:41 pm
Lawndale Art Center - The Big Show
We visit The Big Show at the Lawndale Art Center, the gallery's annual open-call, juried exhibition of work by emerging and under-represented visual artists who live in Southeast Texas!
July 9, 2011 7:39 pm
American Festival for the Arts
Composer Michael Remson [pictured], who is Executive & Artistic Director of the American Festival for the Arts, chats about this year’s AFA Summer Music Conservatory for middle-and high-school-aged musicians. Conductor-in-Residence, Barbara Scowcroft, previews the season-opening Orchestral concert of works by Mendelssohn, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky. Plus, Faculty Artists, Kathleen Staten (oboe) and Sean Heller (piano) play Mozart for us!
July 5, 2011 9:29 pm
We have a pre-Independence Day performance by the Luxury Trio, a Houston-based jazz group whose drummer, Mike Henry, is co-owner of The Percussion Center. His musical partner, guitarist Lee Martin, is a Shepherd School of Music-trained composer who writes many of the jingles you hear in radio and TV commercials for local businesses!
July 5, 2011 9:25 pm
Paragon Brass Ensemble
It's an all-American musical salute in observance of the upcoming July 4th! The Paragon Brass Ensemble treats us to a Sousa march, a beloved patriotic melody and standards from the Great American Songbook, previewing the festivities taking place at the Bayou Bend Independence Day Celebration.
July 1, 2011 6:17 pm
The Ensemble Theatre - Blues in the Night
Three members of Houston’s Ensemble Theatre acting company perform soulful tunes from the 1930’s from the score for the musical revue, Blues in the Night. That production is making these hot summer nights even hotter at The Ensemble through the end of July.
July 1, 2011 6:01 pm
Texas Music Festival
Conductor Carlos Spierer talks about, and cellist Brinton Averil Smith plays excerpts from, the farewell concert that the 2011 Texas Music Festival Orchestra will present Saturday night in the UH Moores Opera House.
June 30, 2011 8:57 pm
Houston Public Library's Public Poetry Reading Series
We sample the goods as Bayou City poets, Loueva Smith and Radames Ortíz, share a couple of the verses that they’ll read Saturday afternoon at the Kendall Branch of the Houston Public Library on this month’s installment of the Library’s Public Poetry Reading Series.
June 30, 2011 8:32 pm
International Festival-Institute at Round Top
Conductor JoAnn Falletta talks about the symphonic program that she’ll lead this Saturday at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top with this year’s group of young musicians.
June 29, 2011 8:28 pm
Murder by the Book - James Rollins book signing
We talk with best-selling fiction writer, James Rollins, about his new novel, The Devil Colony. In this action-adventure, the heroes of Sigma Force must penetrate the heart of a clandestine faction that has been manipulating US history since the founding of the original fourteen colonies. James Rollins autographs copies of his newest page-turner, Wednesday evening at Murder by the Book.
June 29, 2011 7:44 pm
Texas Music Festival Faculty-Artists
Faculty artists from this year’s Texas Music Festival perform movements from the Piano Quintet by American composer, Arthur Foote, one of the pieces included on their final Perspectives chamber-music recital at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music Tuesday evening.
June 28, 2011 8:10 pm
Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition: Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork
At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston , we look at articles of clothing , hats, household accessories, containers and vessels, and room arrangements hand-crafted in such exquisite detail by New York artist Charles LeDray that they look real. They just happen to be small enough to fit inside of a dollhouse.
June 27, 2011 8:00 pm
Ovations Night Club - Woody Witt CD release party
Saxophonist Woody Witt -- assisted by guitarist, Chris Cortez , pianist Gary Norian, and a rhythm section of Houston’s finest -- gives us live readings of some of the tunes that appear on Woody’s brand-new album, Pots and Kettles, which he launched with a CD release concert and party at Ovations.
June 27, 2011 7:47 pm
Houston Arts Alliance/Rothko Chapel - Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites
Indian traditional singers, Jamuna Murali and Rajeshwary Bhat, lead their ensembles in performances of raga-based selections from the northern Hindustani and the southern Carnatic styles of Indian classical music. They preview the last of this year’s Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites programs, to be presented by the Houston Arts Alliance, Sunday afternoon at the Rothko Chapel.
June 24, 2011 9:57 pm
Bayou City Concert Musicals - The History of the American Musical Theater
Artistic Director Paul Hope of Bayou City Concert Musicals takes us back to the Seventies when Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber were emerging artists in the world of the Broadway musical. Mister Hope offers a taste of his summer lecture series, The History of the American Musical Theater, which takes place at Angie’s Little Rotary House.
June 24, 2011 9:36 pm
Moores Opera House - Lachezar Kostov and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra
Lachezar Kostov, and conductor Carl Saint Clair join us for a look ahead at their performance with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Saturday night at the University of Houston's Moores Opera House.
June 24, 2011 9:27 pm
Houston Symphony - "Summer Symphony Nights" at Miller Outdoor Theatre
Young American conductor, Joshua Weilerstein, and pianist, Benjamin Hochman preview tomorrow night's Houston Symphony Summer Symphony Nights concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which features Dvorak's Symphony Number 8 and Mozart's Piano Concerto Number 23.
June 23, 2011 10:51 pm
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - Stan VanDerBeek
We visit the exhibition, The Culture Intercom, featuring the works of media-art pioneer, Stan VanDerBeek, who explored the links between art, technology and communication. A survey of the late artist's experimental films, collages, multi-media and computer-generated pieces is currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
June 23, 2011 10:27 pm
Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival - Simply Grimm
Singers from the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival perform excerpts from Simply Grimm, their Fifth Annual showcase for new chamber operas, celebrating the darker side of fairy tales. Three of those creative musicians -- Michael Remson, Kurt Erickson and Omari Tau -- join us in the studio to chat about their works, which offer twisted re-tellings of the stories of Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.
June 23, 2011 10:08 pm
International Festival-Institute - Christoph Campestrini
Today, conductor Christoph Campestrini talks about Gustav Mahler's Ninth and last completed Symphony, which Maestro Campestrini conducts Saturday afternoon at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas.
June 22, 2011 9:00 pm
Society for the Performing Arts - Chicago
TV actor John O'Hurley, from Seinfeld and Dancing with the Stars, talks about his lead role as the dashing but conniving lawyer, Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical, Chicago. Society for the Performing Arts brings the national tour of Chicago to the Wortham Center for a week's run, beginning tonight.
June 22, 2011 8:41 pm
Texas Music Festival Faculty-Artists
Texas Music Festival Faculty-Artists perform live for us. Soprano Melanie Sonnenberg, violinist Zuo Jun, and pianist Timothy Hester offer excerpts from Sensuous Perfume, a program of romantic and early-twentieth-century chamber works, plus a World Premier by David Ashley White, Director of the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. That concert is the next installment in the TMF Perspectives Series, this evening at the U of H Moores Opera House.
June 22, 2011 8:19 pm
Main Street Theater - Blithe Spirit
Director Claire Hart-Palumbo and actor Joel Sandel talk about Main Street Theater's production of Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward's comedy about a successful writer who decides to delve into the occult for his next novel only to conjure up the ghost of his late first wife. This leads to unfortunate but hilarious consequences for his current marriage!
June 21, 2011 9:55 pm
The Ensemble Theatre - Trouble in Mind
African-American theater companies around the country are presenting staged readings of Trouble in Mind by the pioneering Black playwright, Alice Childress. Houston's Ensemble Theatre is participating in that initiative, and we talk with director, Wayne DeHart [pictured], and cast member, Ron Jones, about The Ensemble's reading of that ground-breaking comedy-drama.
June 20, 2011 10:22 pm
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
We enter the brave new world of Bond … James Bond. Best-selling author, Jeffery Deaver, puts his own contemporary spin on Ian Fleming's classic spy character in his new “James Bond” thriller, Carte Blanche. We chat with Mr. Deaver, who tells us what 007 is up to in 2011!