The Front Row, Thursday, 04/30/2009

KUHF's St. John Flynn speaks by with composer, conductor and pianist, Andr’© Previn, about his new opera, Brief Encounter, based on a play and a 1945 movie, both scripted by No’âl Coward.ξJoiningξthem were three other members of the creative team: Tony-Award-winner John Caird, who fashioned the work's libretto and is stage-directing the Houston Grand Opera World Premi’åre production and, the opera's two stars, soprano Elizabeth Futral and baritone, Nathan Gunn.ξListen. Download.

The University of Houston's Moores School of Music presents A Defiant Requiem, a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's setting of the Requiem Mass, accompanied by video of and commentary by prisoners of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin, where inmates performed the Verdi Requiem sixteen times during their period of captivity in World War Two.ξMaestro Murray Sidlin, who created this unique multi-media program, guest-conducts the Moores School Concert Chorale, Concert Women's Chorus, University Men's and Women's Choruses, and Symphony Orchestra. St. JohnξFlynn talks with Sidlin and one of the vocal soloists, Moores School Faculty Artist Melanie Sonnenberg.ξListen. Download. Extended Interview

Houston saxophonist, Woody Witt, and visiting Minnesota-based drummer, J. T. Bates, play jazz standards and original tunes, this evening at the Bayou City's newest music venue, "social patio," bar and lounge, AvantGarden. They preview tonight's session in the Geary Performance Studio with KUHF's Eric Ladau. Listen. Download.

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