The Front Row, Tuesday, 11/17/2009

This evening atξ7:30PM at the Menil Collection, Da Camera of Houston presents Three Modern Virtuosos.ξOur guest, pianist Marilyn Nonken, Artistic Director of the New-York-based contemporary-music group, Ensemble 21, performs the regional premi’åre of Four Seasons (after Cy Twombly), a new work by Australian composer, Liza Lim.ξViolinist Jennifer Koh plays solo works by Kaija Saariaho, Elliott Carter, and Esa-Pekka Salonen ... and Moores School of Music faculty artist, Valerie Vidal, plays the piece from Luciano Berio's Sequenza series written for alto saxophone.ξNonken sits down at the KUHF Steinway to play excerpts from her portion of the program. Listen Download

Masquerade Theatre presents its Houston premi’åre production of the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.ξThere are performances, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00PM, and Sunday afternoons atξ2:00PM, this weekend and next, in Zilkha Hall at downtown Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Castmembers from the production gather in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview session hosted by KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Listen Download

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