October 9, 2012 6:04 pm
Legendary experimental choreographer Deborah Hay, a disciple of Merce Cunningham and John Cage, describes her newest work, created for performance in Houston’s Richmond Hall in front of the Dan Flavin light sculpture that’s installed there, which she and her dancers will premiere on Saturday, in celebration of The Menil Collection’s 25th Anniversary.
October 9, 2012 6:01 pm
William Monroe, dean of the University of Houston’s Honors College, discusses the thematic and literary qualities of the 1985 novel In Country by Kentucky author Bobbie Ann Mason. Not a typical war novel, full of bullets and blood, heroics and horror, the book looks at the painful long-term physical and psychological injuries that linger on, after the fighting has ended.
October 9, 2012 5:59 pm
"The Kingdoms of Castille"
Lutenist and guitarist Richard Savino talks about The Kingdoms of Castille, a concert of sacred and secular songs and instrumental pieces from 17th and 18th-Century Spain, Italy and Latin America, which his ensemble, El Mundo, will present on the Houston Early Music series.
October 9, 2012 5:56 pm
"From an English Cathedral"
Kevin Riehle, artistic director of Cantare Houston, tells us about his ensemble’s first concert of the season. That program, From An English Cathedral, includes sacred choral works spanning five hundred years of British history, from the time of the Tudor Kings to the present day.
October 8, 2012 5:38 pm
Uptown Dance: "Dance Infusion 2012"
Uptown Dance Company artistic director Beth Gulledge-Brown and the troupe’s ballet master Alex Pandiscio talk about the program the'll present at the Jewish Community Center of Houston. The pieces included in this weekend’s bill cover a range of styles, from jazz and modern dance, to contemporary and classical ballet.
October 8, 2012 5:32 pm
Eric Zimmerman: "Endless Disharmony and Telltale Ashes"
Multimedia artist Eric Zimmerman shows us some of his collages, drawings, publications and sound pieces which are on display at Art Palace in the exhibition Endless Disharmony and Telltale Ashes.
October 5, 2012 4:32 pm
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra: "Fiesta!"
Executive director Alecia Lawyer, conductor Josep Caballe-Domenech and piano soloist Anne-Marie McDermott, alert us to what’s on the musical agenda for Fiesta!, this season’s first concert by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.
October 5, 2012 4:28 pm
Houston Ebony Opera Guild: "Our Stories"
Singers affiliated with Houston Ebony Opera Guild (Bronwen Forbay, Robert Hughes, and Jason Oby) perform three of the arias and scenes from American operas that will be featured on this year’s “Opera Gems” concert Our Stories.
October 5, 2012 4:22 pm
Aperio: John Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano"
Artistic director Michael Zuraw talks about, and pianist Kimi Kawashima plays some of, John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. Kawashima’s studio appearance is a preview of her Sunday evening performance of the entire set of those groundbreaking pieces, as the Aperio: Music of the Americas concert series celebrates the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth.
October 5, 2012 4:20 pm
Public Poetry: Janet Lowery and Michael Alexander
Houston poets Janet Lowery and Michael Alexander share some of their recently-penned verses with us, previewing this month’s Public Poetry Reading.
October 5, 2012 4:16 pm
Jacqui Sutton and Frontier Jazz Orchestra
Singer Jacqui Sutton and her Frontier Jazz Orchestra perform numbers from their brand-new album, Notes from the Frontier – A Musical Journey.
October 5, 2012 4:11 pm
Director Julia Traber and actors Jennifer Dean and David Matranga talk about the Classical Theatre Company’s new production of Miss Julie, the landmark (shocking in its day) and now classic early drama by the groundbreaking Swedish playwright August Strindberg.
October 3, 2012 4:55 pm
"The Nacirema Society"
Artistic director Eileen J. Morris and three members of her acting company talk about The Ensemble Theatre’s production of Pearl Claege’s historical comedy The Nacirema Society, which takes a lovingly light-hearted look at the ways in which the ingrained attitudes of the African-American upper crust in early-'60s Alabama were challenged by the blossoming Civil Rights Movement.
October 3, 2012 4:53 pm
"A Little Week in Leipzig"
Albert LeDoux, artistic director of the Bach Society Houston, offers details about A Little Week in Leipzig, a music-festival which his organization is presenting at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
October 3, 2012 4:48 pm
"Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: A Centennial Celebration"
Faculty artists from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music perform pieces by the turn-of-the-20th-century Anglo-African composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The Moores School commemorates the 100th anniversary of Coleridge-Taylor’s death with a two-day event focusing on the composer and his music.
October 2, 2012 5:49 pm
"Happily Ever at the Box"
The five bright young entertainers who make up the resident company at Houston’s Music Box Theater take us into the magical fantasy world of enchanted forests and realms under the sea. What we’re likely to end up with here are fractured fairy-tales, lacerated legends, mangled myths and humiliated heroes and heroines in Happily Ever at the Box .
October 2, 2012 5:44 pm
"Beethoven and Beyond: Winds and Piano"
Pianist Rodney Waters and three wind-players from the Houston Symphony perform pieces by John Ireland and Heitor Villa-Lobos, previewing the first Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society concert of the season.
October 1, 2012 5:29 pm
AURA: "Caged In"
Members of the Moores School of Music’s AURA Contemporary-Music Ensemble perform early pieces by the influential 20th-century avant-garde composer and musical theorist John Cage, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cage’s birth.
October 1, 2012 5:26 pm
Keren Cytter: "Video Art Manual"
Israeli-born multi-disciplinary artist Keren Cytter shows us recent examples of the types of experimental videos that have become her stock-in-trade. They’re on view at DiverseWorks in the first-ever major institutional survey of Ms. Cytter’s work in the United States.
October 1, 2012 5:20 pm
Mercury: Mozart's "Jupiter Symphony"
Antoine Plante, artistic director of the period-instruments group Mercury - The Orchestra Redefined, talks about the program of symphonies and a concerto by Mozart and Haydn with which the ensemble opens its season this coming weekend at two different locations.
September 27, 2012 4:51 pm
"Beauty and the Beast"
Singer-actress Shani Hadjian talks about playing an opera diva who’s being transformed into a wardrobe cabinet in the national touring production of the Disney stage-musical Beauty and the Beast.
September 27, 2012 4:48 pm
"The Philadelphia Story"
Cast members Bethany McCade and Ryan Schabach discuss Unity Theatre Brenham’s new production of the classic 1930s comedy-of-manners The Philadelphia Story, the tale of a headstrong young divorcee, who, on the eve of her second wedding, discovers that she’s attracted to three different men.
September 27, 2012 4:40 pm
15th Annual Kemah Jazz Fest
Vocalist and percussionist Will Cruz and his band Universal Rhythm give us a sample of the swinging Latin-jazz sounds they’ll be putting out when they perform at the 15th Annual Kemah Jazz Fest.
September 26, 2012 5:02 pm
MFAH Films: Bernardo Bertolucci Retrospective
UH Professor of Italian Studies Alessandro Carrera and Museum of Fine Arts Houston Film Curator Marian Luntz tell us about the MFAH’s retrospective survey of the influential and often-controversial Italian screenwriter and director Bernardo Bertolucci.
September 26, 2012 4:57 pm
"Life Is a Dream"
Director Pablo Bracho and lead actor David Wald share their insights into Main Street Theater’s current production Life Is A Dream, a poetic, existential, philosophical allegory by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spain’s greatest playwright of the 17th Century.
September 26, 2012 4:53 pm
We welcome to the Geary Performance Studio artistic director Enrique Carreon-Robledo and three of his featured soloists from Opera In The Heights. They talk about and share musical excerpts from their first production of the new season: Rossini's (not Verdi's) operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello.
September 26, 2012 3:42 pm
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty tells us about the program of contemporary ballet that artists from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform at the Wortham Center, where they’re being presented by Society for the Performing Arts.
September 26, 2012 3:35 pm
Da Camera of Houston's 25th Anniversary Season
Artistic director and pianist Sarah Rothenberg previews Da Camera of Houston’s 25th Anniversary Season. The opening night concert begins with the world premiere of a fanfare written in celebration of the group’s silver anniversary by Rice University composer Pierre Jalbert, who also talks about his newest musical creation.
September 25, 2012 10:50 am
Stages Repertory Theatre: 2012-2013 Season Preview
Producing artistic director Kenn McLaughlin, having inaugurated Stages Repertory Theatre’s new season with the hit Canadian play-with-music Two Pianos Four Hands, takes a look at the other productions his company will be offering over the coming months.
September 25, 2012 10:47 am
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz talks about his new collection of thematically-related short stories This Is How You Lose Her, fictional glimpses into the lives and loves of Dominican immigrants living in New York City and its environs. Diaz opens this year’s Inprint/Margarett Root Brown Reading Series with an appearance at the Wortham Center.