June 15, 2012 9:10 pm
"Camping with Gasoline"
We chat with Jaston Williams, the skinny half of The Greater Tuna duo. He’s premiering his new one-man show Camping with Gasoline in two performances tomorrow at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. It’s a laugh-filled journey back to Williams’s West Texas childhood, complete with reminiscences of psychotic family Christmases, known fondly as “Blood and Holly,” and camping trips with his Boy Scout troop, where the young adventurers practiced the fine points of such useful adult skills as smoking, gambling, and sleeping late.
June 15, 2012 9:06 pm
We have a studio performance by four of the faculty-artists from the Ninth Annual “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute at the Moores School of Music. They play pieces that sample the repertoire of the recitals they’re giving at UH.
June 15, 2012 8:59 pm
Houston Symphony principal tuba player David Kirk performs a movement from the tuba concerto by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, previewing this Summer’s second concert by the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. That program, International Tour, takes place at UH's Moores Opera House.
June 15, 2012 8:51 pm
Singers from the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival perform selections by Mozart, Bernstein, Schubert and Brahms in a sampling of the repertoire from Songfest, the first of the Festival’s 2012 concert and stage productions celebrating the vocal arts. It takes place at Bering United Methodist Church.
June 15, 2012 8:48 pm
Classical guitarist Michael Nicolella, one of the artist-coaches on the faculty of the Texas Music Festival’s 2012 “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute, plays contemporary guitar music for us, including one of his own compositions, previewing the recital he’ll give at the University of Houston.
June 15, 2012 8:39 pm
"Summer Symphony Nights"
Guest conductor and former Houstonian Cristian Macelaru and principal cellist Brinton Averil Smith tell us about the first of the Houston Symphony’s “Summer Symphony Nights” concerts for this season. A program of primarily Spanish-and-French-accented works opens the series at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
June 13, 2012 8:44 pm
"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Three of the cast members of Theater Under the Stars’ new production The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas perform a couple of numbers from that popular musical, detailing in comedy, drama, and song, the true story of La Grange’s famous brothel, The Chicken Ranch, and how it was brought down by the relentless crusading of muckraking Houston television reporter Marvin Zindler.
June 13, 2012 8:41 pm
"Red Hot Patriot"
Actress Sara Gaston and director Patti Bean chat about the late Texas humorist, columnist and author Molly Ivins, who is profiled through her own words in Main Street Theater’s latest offering, a one-woman show called Red Hot Patriot: The Wit of Molly Ivins.
June 13, 2012 8:35 pm
Big Range Dance Festival
Houston dancer and choreographer Jhon R. Stronks and two of his multi-disciplinary collaborators, choreographer Wayne M. Smith and visual-artist Donna Perkins, preview the program of cutting-edge contemporary dance that they’ve created as the grand finale of the 10th Big Range Dance Festival at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex.
June 13, 2012 8:31 pm
Portuguese maestro Pedro Carneiro talks about the musical program, including Haydn and Beethoven’s best-known symphonies, that he’ll conduct with the Texas Festival Orchestra on Festival Hill in Round Top, Texas.
June 13, 2012 2:54 pm
We have a performance by four members of the faculty of the Texas Music Festival’s core Orchestral Program and its High School Piano Institute. They treat us to excerpts from pieces for strings and piano by Johannes Brahms and Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, works that are included on the program of the “Perspectives” chamber music recital they presented at UH's Moores Opera House.
June 13, 2012 2:49 pm
Classical guitarists Elliot Frank and Frank Wallace play for us. Those talented gentlemen are faculty artists at this year’s “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute. The two guitarists were featured on the Institute’s opening-night concert at UH’s Dudley Recital Hall.
June 12, 2012 9:47 pm
We visit the Menil Collection to tour the exhibition This World Is Not My Home, featuring photographs of struggle, political change, friends and family, taken over the past 50 years by New York and New Mexico-based photographic artist Danny Lyon.
June 12, 2012 9:43 pm
We introduce you to 18-year-old violinist Laura Park, who just graduated from her Chicago-area high school, and who will enter Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music this fall. Park recently took Third Prize in the 37th Annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition. We chat with Park and hear her final-round round performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
June 8, 2012 9:42 pm
Soprano Misha Penton once again takes on the role of Klytemnestra, the mythological queen of ancient Greece, who killed her husband, King Agamemnon, when he returned from battle with a war-prize, the concubine Cassandra. Penton’s Divergence Vocal Theater presents a new production of the chamber opera Klytemnestra, with music by Houston composer Dominick DiOrio.
June 8, 2012 9:38 pm
Texas Music Festival
Texas Music Festival director Alan Austin and orchestra conductor Franz Anton Krager talk about the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with which the TMF Orchestra launches its 2012 Summer Season at the University of Houston.
June 8, 2012 9:34 pm
We speak with Melissa Pritchett and Mic Matarrese, two members of the cast of the Alley Theatre’s new production of what many people believe to be the funniest play ever written, Michael Frayn’s contemporary farce Noises Off!
June 8, 2012 9:30 pm
Houston Symphony in Russia
Music director Hans Graf tells us about the concerts that the Houston Symphony is playing in Moscow. Our hometown band is the first American orchestra ever invited to participate in Russia’s annual Festival of the World’s Symphony Orchestras.
June 7, 2012 8:49 pm
"Rum and Vodka"
Director Justin Doran and lone cast member Andy Ingalls talk about Thunderclap Productions’ staging of Rum and Vodka, Irish writer Conor McPherson’s first play, a one-character monologue by a young Irishman who can’t quite seem to get a handle on his drinking, his anger, or his roving eye for beautiful women.
June 7, 2012 8:43 pm
We meet Sahr Ngaujah and Melanie Marshall, stars of the Tony-Award-winning musical about the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, pioneer of Afrobeat music, human rights activist and political maverick, who died in 1997. The national tour of FELA! The Musical is on-stage at Jones Hall under the sponsorship of Society for the Performing Arts.
June 7, 2012 8:38 pm
Big Range Dance Festival
Choreographers Alex Abarca and Corian Ellisor talk about the new, never-before-seen-in-public collaborative work that they and their dancers will present on the second weekend of this year’s Big Range Dance Festival at downtown's Barnevelder Movement/ Arts Complex.
June 7, 2012 8:35 pm
Guest conductor Pascal Verrot talks about the first orchestral concert of the season at this year’s 42nd annual International Festival-Institute at Round Top.
June 6, 2012 8:18 pm
The entire company from Houston's Music Box Theater act as our tour guides as we head off for summer vacation at some of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations in the company’s latest music-and-comedy cabaret revue, Travelsty.
June 6, 2012 8:13 pm
"Kiss of the Spider Woman"
Artistic director Joe Angel Babb and actor Abraham Zapata chat about Unhinged Productions’ new staging of Kiss of the Spider Woman, Argentinean writer Manuel Puig’s powerful and moving tale of a flamboyant, movie-obsessed window-dresser, and an articulate, driven, but haunted revolutionary, who are incarcerated in the same cell in a Buenos Aires prison.
June 6, 2012 8:08 pm
"Romeo and Juliet"
Houston Ballet principal dancers Amy Fote and Simon Ball tell us how it feels to dance the classic roles of Shakespeare’s “star-cross’d lovers” in the company’s revival of its beloved production of Romeo and Juliet .
June 5, 2012 9:23 pm
"And I Feel Fine"
Big Head Productions explores pre-and-post-apocalyptic scenarios in their latest evening of one-act plays And I Feel Fine: End of the World Shorts for 2012. Producer-directors Tom Stell and Leighza Walker chat with us about the show, which is currently on stage at the Obsidian Art Space.
June 5, 2012 9:11 pm
"Le Chiavi: The Keys to Bel Canto"
We have a live performance by sopranos Abigail Dueppen and Molly Hanes, two of the participants in the Texas Music Festival training institute's “Le Chiavi: The Keys to Bel Canto.” The two singers will be joined by faculty-artists Ruth Ann Swenson, Ted Taylor, and Joseph Evans, to preview the institute’s closing concert at the UH’s Dudley Recital Hall.
June 5, 2012 9:08 pm
"Heaven and Hell"
Matthew Dirst and Catherine Turocy, artistic directors, respectively, of Ars Lyrica Houston and the New York Baroque Dance Company, preview Heaven and Hell, their collaborative program of fully-staged live dance and music, featuring some of Claudio Monteverdi’s most imaginative scores.
June 4, 2012 8:44 pm
Texas Music Festival Jazz Project
Saxophonist Warren Sneed, Director of Jazz Studies at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Pasadena-born pianist and songwriter Henry Darragh, together with the director of the Texas Music Festival Jazz Institute Noe Marmolejo, perform live in our studio, previewing the concert of Big Band Jazz that kicks off this year’s Texas Music Festival summer camp at UH's Moores School of Music.
June 1, 2012 8:51 pm
Big Range Dance Festival
Choreographers Jennifer Wood, Kristen Frankiewicz and Erin Reck talk about the new contemporary dance pieces that they’ll premiere at the West Oaks Art House and the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, kicking off the first weekend of Houston’s 10th Annual Big Range Dance Festival.