The Front Row, Tuessday, 04/28/2009

Pianist Michael Zuraw is the founder and Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber ensemble, Aperio: Music of the Americas.ξHis group, in collaboration with the Foundation for Modern Music and FLAMART — "Featuring Latin-American Music and Art" -- presents Cabaret of the Americas: From Piazzolla to Porter ... this Friday evening at 8:00PM at Stages Repertory Theatre. Zuraw joins KUHF's Chris Johnson in the geary Performance Studio for a preview. Listen. Download.

KUHF's Catherine Lu speaks with Marlana Walsh Doyle, Managing Director of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and choreographer John R. Stronks, Director of HMDC's training unit, Houston Met Too.ξThe professional company presents Mixing It Up, a program of old and new works,— including the world premi’åre of Mister Stronks' latest opus, Not Yet Soaring (still confronting the ground) — one performance only: Friday night at 8:00 in the Cullen Theater of the Wortham Center. Listen. Download.

Jim Nelson is the General Manager of Houston Ballet.ξHe spoke by phone from the company's tour route in Spain with KUHF's Bob Stevenson.ξThe Ballet performs tonight in Murcia, Spain, and Thursday in the town of Oviedo, and then they head back home to Houston to start preparing for their Spring Mixed-Repertory program, Of An Era, which opens Mayξ28th at the Wortham Center. Listen. Download.

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