The Front Row

The Front Row, 3/10/2008

Houston’s Larry Dierker (yes, that Larry Dierker, former All-Star pitcher & manager of the Astros) tell us about his new venture: “Old Stories,” a musical about a Major League Baseball team! Opera star Frederica von Stade & composer Jake Heggie share insights about Mr. Heggie’s world premiere, “Last Acts.” And we also check out what’s happening at the Lawndale Art Center and Main Street Theater . . .

Bob Stevenson shows us, with the artist on-hand, some of the digital panoramic photographs of Houston’s Mexican American community by Chuy Benitez, on view through April 12 at Lawndale Art Center.  Mr. Benitez is one of the photographic artists whose work is on display as part of the 2008 Fotofest biennial.  Listen  Download

Houston Grand Opera presents the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Last Acts, with three performances remaining:  This Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday evenings, 8pm, at the Wortham Center.  Dean Dalton chats with composer, Jake Heggie, and his “muse” and leading lady, mezzo-soprano, Frederica “Flicka” von Stade.  Listen  Download 

Brian Friel’s drama, Translations, considered by many to be the Irish playwright’s masterpiece, is the current production at Main Street Theater’s Rice Village location through March 22.  St.John Flyyn explores the themes of language and love with lead actors, Carolyn Johnson (Marie) and Mark Adams (Hugh).  Hear how the actors perfected their Northern Irish accents, as well as the challenges of performing in such an intimate theater space, in the Extended Interview.  Listen  Download  **Extended Interview**

Former Houston Astros’ pitcher-and-manager-turned-playwright-lyricist-songwriter, Larry Dierker, has combined his love of baseball and music into Old Stories, a Broadway-style musical about the pursuit of the pennant and a superstar right-fielder.  Mr. Dierker, composer & pianist Paul English & director Rob Kimbro share some of the tunes with Bob Stevenson.  Stages Repertory Theatre hosts two FREE staged readings of Old Stories:  Tonight & tomorrow evenings, 7:30pm.  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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