The Front Row, Wednesday, 05/20/2009

Theξ2nd Opera Vista Festival, presented by Opera Vista and the Nova Arts Project, gets underway this Thursday evening at 8:00PM with the opening-night performance of Edalat Square, a new opera by New York composer, R. Timothy Brady, and one of the pieces that won the previous Festival Competition. Friday night at 8:00PM the Festival presents staged excerpts from some of the pieces that are semi-finalists in this year's Opera Competition. Singers from the production of Edalat Square offer excerpts from the Geary Performance Studio and are accomanied by the Zephyr Quartet in a session hosted by KUHF's Chris Johnson. Listen. Download.

KUHF's Bob Stevenson speaks withξ Director Cheryl Kaplan and actor Steve Garfinkel fromξMain Street Theater's new production of Awake and Sing!. It's Clifford Odets's drama about a Jewish family in The Bronx and their financial and emotional struggles during the Great Depression.ξThere are performances through Juneξ7th at Main Street Theater's Rice Village facility. Listen. Download.

Chris Rivera plays trans-gendered punk-rock goddess, Hedwig, in the new Unhinged Productions staging of the Off-Broadway musical-comedy revue, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Heaven Stephens portrays Hedwig's second husband, Itzhak.ξKeyboardist Franz Ortiz is the show's Musical Director, and Wayne Cribbs plays guitar in Hedwig's band.ξAssociate Artistic Director, Betsy Brown, staged Hedwig for Unhinged Productions.ξTheyξall gather in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview sessionξwith KUHF's Chris Johnson. Listen. Download.

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