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...
March 29, 2010 7:00 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 03/29/2010
Today, hot young Houston jazz singer, Kristine Mills, together with Grammy-award-winning New Orleans bass-man, David Pulphus, performs tunes from her Bossa-novafied CD and other sultry delights, adding a few encores to the shows they put on this past Saturday night at McGonigel's Mucky Duck...
March 26, 2010 7:00 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 03/26/2010
Today, we have phone conversations with two living show-business legends: actor-singer-dancer, Joel Grey and pianist-composer-arranger-and-conductor, Marvin Hamlisch. They tell us about their show, From Broadway to Hollywood, which they're bringing to Jones Hall tomorrow night, courtesy of Houston's Society for the Performing Arts...
March 25, 2010 8:08 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 03/25/2010
Today, soprano Lynelle Rowley and pianist Kathryn Woodard of Opera Vista - along with Artistic Director, Viswa Subbaraman, perform music by contemporary American composer, Daron Hagen! Mr. Hagen also joins us to talk about tonight's recital of his chamber music and about this week's Opera Vista Festival Competition, for which he's serving as a judge...
March 24, 2010 8:48 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 03/24/2010
Scotland's Battlefield Band - voices, fiddle, bagpipes, accordion and all - perform live in KUHF's Geary Performance studio, treating us to some of the tunes they'll perform tonight at McGonigel's Mucky Duck...
March 23, 2010 8:47 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 03/23/2009
Today, singer-songwriter, Arlo Guthrie, son of the legendary American folkie, Woody Guthrie, chats about making music with the other members of his talented family, all of whom will be with him on-stage in Houston's Hermann Park tonight, as Miller Outdoor Theatre opens its 2010 performance season...
March 22, 2010 8:57 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 03/22/2010
Today, non-fiction writer, Tracy Kidder, speaks with us about his latest volume, Strength In What Remains, a novel-like telling of the true-life story of Deogratias, a medical student who escaped from the 1994 genocide in his native country of Burundi, Africa, and overcame displacement, homelessness, abject poverty, and unfamiliarity with English, to make a new life for himself in the United States. Tracy Kidder discusses his book on the Inprint/Brown Reading Series tonight at the Alley Theatre...
March 19, 2010 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 03/19/2010
Guest Conductor Hannu Lintu (pictured) and cello soloist Alban Gerhardt chat about this weekend's Houston Symphony concerts, featuring Sibelius' Symphony No.2 and Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra...
March 18, 2010 9:00 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 03/18/2010
We have two studio performances for you today! Renowned French flutist, Jean Ferrandis (pictured), and Mexican concert pianist, Mauricio Náder, talk about their first-time collaboration and play selections from the concert they'll present tonight at the University of Saint Thomas, in celebration of Mexico's Bicentennial and the French Cultures Festival. And, psychiatrist and pianist, Richard Kogan, joins us live in the Geary Performance Studio to celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann!
March 17, 2010 8:49 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 03/17/2010
Singers from Opera Vista and Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman perform live for us, previewing the 2010 Opera Vista Festival! They treat us to excerpts from last year's competition winner, Anorexia Sacra by Danish composer, Line Tjørnhøj, who also joins us...
March 16, 2010 8:34 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 03/16/2010
Director Dennis Draper and cast member Patrick Green (pictured on left) chat about Unhinged Productions' staging of Paul Rudnick's comedy, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a re-telling of life in the Garden of Eden by the ORIGINAL original couple, Adam and Steve...
March 15, 2010 8:37 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 03/15/2010
Houston's 13th Fotofest biennial got underway this past weekend. The 2010 show focuses on Contemporary U.S. Photography, and today on "The Front Row," with some assistance from curator Aaron Schuman, we look at the flagship official exhibition which debuted last Friday night at FotoFest headquarters downtown; it's titled Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs...
March 12, 2010 7:44 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 03/12/2010
Artistic Director Emelyne Bingham talks about this year's Young Texas Artists Music Competition. The Finals Round Concert of that competition takes place tomorrow evening at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe! And we have a studio performance by last year's YTA Strings Division and Audience-Choice-Award-winner, violinist Natalie Lin...
March 11, 2010 9:09 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 03/11/2010
Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf chats with Dean Dalton about the Anton Bruckner's Symphony No.7. The orchestra will perform that work in a special one-night-only appearance at Houston's Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart...
March 10, 2010 8:49 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 03/10/2010
Ballet master and former New York City Ballet dancer, Bart Cook (pictured), talks about Jerome Robbins' classic dance piece, Fancy Free, which Mr. Cook is re-creating for Houston Ballet's mixed-repertory program, American at Heart, opening tomorrow night at the Wortham Center. . . .
March 10, 2010 8:27 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 03/09/2010
Eckart Runge is the cellist with Germany's Artemis Quartet. He tells us about the all-Beethoven program that he and his colleagues will present on the Houston Friends of Chamber Music series at Rice University. We also hear from
March 9, 2010 9:46 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 03/08/2010
Today, two of Houston Public Radio's own: flutist Victor Kendall and violinist Chris Johnson, talk about the pieces by contemporary American composers, Elliott Carter, John Adams and Mark O'Connor, that the KUHF Chamber Ensemble will perform this evening at the Menil Collection...
March 5, 2010 9:39 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 03/05/2010
Choreographer and Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown describes Spring Dance Fusion, the mix of new contemporary and classical ballet, jazz and modern-dance pieces that her Uptown Dance Company presents Sunday afternoon at the Hobby Center. That program includes the première of Ms. Gulledge-Brown's new work, Say What, set to the music of Sting...
March 4, 2010 9:02 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 03/04/2010
The improvisers who make up the Norway-based new-music ensemble, MURAL, share with us some examples of their music — which manages to be at the same time, both slightly edgy and softly contemplative. They perform live this evening at the Rothko Chapel...
March 3, 2010 8:27 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 03/03/2010
Kevin Riehle, Artistic Director of the choral ensemble, Cantare Houston, talks about his group's upcoming performances of Sing Me To Heaven — Music from This Side the Veil, a collection of songs and choruses about the passage from earthly existence to the life hereafter...
March 2, 2010 9:02 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 03/02/2010
And Texas singer-songwriter-and-pianist, Jennifer Grassman, performs live for us! Ms. Grassman treats us to material from her new album, Serpent Tales and Nightingales, which will be celebrated at an official release party this Saturday at Dowling Music...
March 1, 2010 8:54 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 03/01/2010
Today, we speak with both of the distinguished authors who will appear this evening on this month's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series program, presented by Inprint. Irish author and Booker-Prize-winner, John Banville (pictured), talks about the latest of his novels, The Infinities And, South Asian physician and writer, Abraham Verghese, whose two previous books were both memoirs, discusses his very first volume-length work of fiction, Cutting for Stone...
February 26, 2010 8:46 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 02/26/2010
Stage director Jimmy Phillips and cast members, Jonathan McVay and Mary Hooper, chat with Chris Johnson about Theater LaB Houston's regional première production of Brad Fraser's True Love Lies, a dark comedy about a nuclear family with long-held secrets...
February 25, 2010 8:55 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 02/25/2010
Former Houstonians, the Golka brothers, both musicians of international repute, join us live to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin! Award-winning pianist, Adam Golka, performs for us, and his brother, Tomasz Golka — Music Director of the Lubbock Symphony (pictured) — chat about their Chopin anniversary concert with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, coming up Saturday night at Rice University...