May 10, 2010 8:14 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 05/10/2010
We talk with the Artistic Directors of Houston’s two newest contemporary dance companies. Toni Leago Valle’s Six Degrees of Dance and Amy Ell’s group, Vault, make their debuts together this coming weekend with pieces look at the fears and tendencies toward inertia that keep people from achieving the lives they dream of...
May 7, 2010 8:20 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 05/07/2010
Today, we meet actor-singers, Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey, who play the budding young writer, Laura Ingalls, and her future husband, Almanzo Wilder, in the national-touring production of Little House on the Prairie – The Musical, being presented at the Hobby Center through Sunday only, by Theatre Under The Stars...
May 6, 2010 8:05 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 05/06/2010
Bayou-City-based classical guitarist, Valerie Hartzell, performs for us, previewing the recital that she and guest artist, Jonathan Dotson, will present tomorrow evening at the University of Houston, benefitting this summer's Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition at the Moores School of Music...
May 5, 2010 9:26 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 07/29/2009
Artistic Director Dominic Walsh (pictured) and Czech choreographer, Václav Kunes talk about the U-S Première of Small Hour. The piece will be performed by the Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre on the ensemble’s season-finale mixed-repertory program this weekend at the Hobby Center...
May 4, 2010 8:26 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 05/04/2010
Artistic Director Matthew Dirst previews … and shares musical excerpts from George Frideric Handel’s joyous cantata, Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. It’s the featured work on the concert, Roman Holiday, to be given by the early-music ensemble, Ars Lyrica Houston, Sunday afternoon at the Hobby Center...
May 3, 2010 8:59 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 05/03/2010
Today, acclaimed soprano, Laura Claycomb, who’s currently starring in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Handel’s Xerxes, joins Bayou City pianist Keith Weber in KUHF’s Geary Studio to perform art-songs by French and Spanish composers, previewing the recital the two of them will give next Sunday evening to benefit the Bridges Academy of Fine Arts at Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church...
April 30, 2010 9:12 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 04/30/2010
Actors James Black (pictured) and Kristine Nielsen talk about their roles in the Alley Theatre’s new production of Mary Chase’s beloved and poignant comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, the gentle eccentric whose days are spent in the company of his best friend, an invisible, six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey...
April 30, 2010 8:31 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/29/2010
Today, soprano, Laura Claycomb, and counter-tenor, David Daniels, preview Houston Grand Opera's production of Handel's Xerxes, which opens tomorrow night at the Wortham Center...
April 29, 2010 8:53 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/28/2010
Choreographers Joe Celejv and Kiki Lucas tell us about the contemporary dance pieces they’ve contributed to the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s National Dance Week program, Mixing It Up, Again!...
April 29, 2010 8:38 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 04/27/2010
Curator Nancy Matthews describes the Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibition, Prendergast in Italy, which showcases the work of the American Post-Impressionist artist, Maurice Prendergast...
April 29, 2010 8:24 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 04/26/2010
Today, we chat with Eugene Drucker, one of the violinists with the Emerson String Quartet. Drucker tells us about the all-Czech program that the Emersons will perform for the Houston Friends of Chamber Music, tomorrow evening at Rice University...
April 29, 2010 7:18 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 04/23/2010
Israeli folk-singer, David Broza, pays tribute to a Texas music legend. David has created original musical settings for some of the unpublished lyrics and poems of the late, great, Townes Van Zandt, and he’ll perform them on his Writers in the Round benefit concert, tomorrow night at Main Street Theater’s Chelsea Market playhouse...
April 22, 2010 9:42 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 14/22/2010
Kirill Karabits (pictured), and pianist, Simon Trpceski talk with Dean Dalton. They are the two guest artists who will be featured on this weekend’s deliciously Romantic, all-French Houston Symphony concerts, which include a Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns and the Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz...
April 21, 2010 9:16 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/21/2010
Bayou-City photographic artist, Libbie Masterson, shows us her FotoFest-affiliated exhibit, Sky on view at the Wade Wilson Art Gallery. We also chat with Artistic Director Jason Oby and musicologist Yvonne Kendall preview Music of the People: Folk-Inspired Art Songs, a recital by Col Canto, Houston’s art-song society...
April 20, 2010 8:57 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 04/20/2010
Today, we chat with Canadian-born choreographer, Aszure Barton (pictured center). Society for the Performing Arts presents Ms. Barton and her New York-based contemporary dance company in their Houston debut...
April 19, 2010 8:39 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 04/19/2010
Ground-breaking writer, performer and visual artist, Patti Smith, who gained recognition in the 1970’s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and punk-rock, chats with us about her new memoir, Just Kids, which tells the story of her relationship with the late photographic artist, Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith reads passages from the book and performs her music tonight, at the University of Houston...
April 16, 2010 11:57 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 04/16/2010
Renowned French conductor, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and violin soloist Baiba Skride talk about performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto and Franck’s Symphony in D-Minor this weekend with the Houston Symphony...
April 15, 2010 11:56 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/15/2010
In addition to talking with Judith Forst, who plays The Countess in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s supernatural melodrama, The Queen of Spades, we also meet New York jazz pianist, Larry Ham, who gets together with some of the locals to play sets tomorrow night and Saturday at Cézanne...
April 14, 2010 8:58 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/14/2010
Choreographers Sara Draper, Toni Leago Valle and Leslie Scates preview Danceplorations, a showcase of works that explore the intersections of movement, text and voice, presented by Dancepatheatre...
April 13, 2010 8:37 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 04/13/2010
We renew our acquaintanceship with Italy's top film-maker, Pupi Avati (pictured) and his producer-brother, Antonio, whose latest cinematic portrait of one of society's losers - a comedy called, The Youngest Son - has its U.S. premiére this weekend at the 43rd annual WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival...
April 12, 2010 9:22 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 04/12/2010
Today, we continue our observance of National Poetry Month as we welcome to the program four-time National Poetry Slam winner, Patricia Smith, and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Dorianne Laux (pictured). Those two accomplished poets are in town for a joint appearance tonight at the Alley Theatre on the Inprint-Brown Reading Series...
April 10, 2010 12:00 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 4/9/2010
Pianist Clive Swansbourne performs Schumann for us! Members of Aperio: Music of the Americas treat us to songs based on traditional folk music. And singer-actor David Baida [pictured] chats about his role in the national-touring production of In the Heights.
April 9, 2010 11:28 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 4/8/2010
Houston Symphony guest conductor Christian Arming & violin soloist James Ehnes [pictured] chat with us. Poet Edward Hirsch reads from his collection, The Living Fire. We preview the new documentary, For the Sake of the Song, and we check out the video art installation, Zoosphere.
April 9, 2010 10:15 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 4/7/2010
We chat with seminal African American poet, playwright & civil rights activist Amiri Baraka [pictured]. Singers from the Moores Opera Center perform selections from Elmer Gantry. And we preview Paintings in Proust, the next Artful Thursday program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
April 7, 2010 11:28 pm
Members of the Brentano String Quartet [pictured] talk about their Houston Friends of Chamber Music concert. Playwright Lans Traverse chats about her World Première drama, Driftwood. And actor-singers from Masquerade Theatre perform songs from Stephen Sondheim's Company.
April 6, 2010 12:14 am
The Front Row, Monday, 4/5/2010
Pianists Timothy Hester, Jasmine Hatem & Paul Boyd and soprano Julia Fox perform music from Folk Tales. Cellist Norman Fischer & pianist Jeanne Kierman Fischer play music by Pierre Jalbert [pictured], previewing Da Camera's concert, Modern Romantics. And we visit an exhibit at the MFAH’s Glassell School of Art.
April 2, 2010 7:53 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 04/02/2010
John Pizzarelli, performs numbers from the George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Nat “King” Cole songbooks, sampling the kind of smooth, swinging style he’s bringing to the concerts that he, his quartet and the Houston Symphony Pops are presenting tonight and tomorrow night at Jones Hall...
April 1, 2010 8:18 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/01/2010
The members of the ensemble, Windsync, give us a preview of their next concert, Winds in Tights, a program that features the World Première of A Ballad of Robin Hood by Houston composer, Garret Schumann...
March 31, 2010 8:10 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 03/31/2010
Singers from Opera in the Heights and Artistic Director William Weibel perform live excerpts from La Bohème! The company is currently presenting the Puccini classic at Lambert Hall in The Heights...
March 30, 2010 8:30 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 03/30/2010
Artistic Director Jason Nodler and actor Troy Schulze talk about The Catastrophic Theatre’s latest production - rarely-staged play by actor and playwright Wallace Shawn (pictured) entitled Our Late Night, set at a cocktail party at which no topic, thought or action is taboo...