The Front Row

The Front Row, 2/18/2008

We have a wealth of cultural riches on today’s show: from lacquer painting by a Vietnamese American artist…to a regional premiere of a Canadian Romantic drama…to an award-winning operatic performance and music from the United Kingdom!

Mexican baritone Octavo Moreno is the Third Place Winner of Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, the final round of which took place on February 8, 2008.  Here is his winning performance of the Largo al Factotum from Rossini’s Barber of Sevillle.  Listen  Download

Houston-born Vietnamese American artist Phi Phi Oanh Nguyen creates organic lacquer paintings on large wood boxes, resembling treasure chests or coffins.  Catherine Lu chats with Ms. Nguyen about her installation, Black Box, on view through February 22 at the Art League Houston.  Listen  Download 

The Pipes, Drums & Dancers of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and The Band of the Coldstream Guards will perform at Jones Hall, tomorrow at 7:30pm, presented by Society for the Performing Arts.  Music Director Graham O. Jones introduces Bob Stevenson to these top two military musical ensembles of the U.K.  Listen  Download

Mary and Charlie meet and fall in love on the brink of World War I in Stephen Massicotte’s romantic drama Mary’s Wedding.  The Unity Theatre in Brenham presents the regional premiere through this Sunday afternoon.  Dean Dalton talks with Artistic Director Greg Wise and lead actors Morgan McCarthy (Mary) & Ryan Shabach (Charlie).  Listen  Download


Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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