The Front Row, Thursday, 03/25/2010

The 2010 Opera Vista Festival presents a Chamber-Music Concert, featuring small-ensemble works for voices and instruments by the Wisconsin-born composer, Daron Hagen, who is serving as one of the jurists for this year's Opera Vista Competition.ξThe recital of Mister Hagen's music takes place this evening atξ7:30PM at the Czech Center.
ξTomorrow evening at 7:30PM, also at the Czech Center, Opera Vista musicians perform scenes from the chamber operas that remain in contention for top honors in the finals round of the third annual Opera Vista Competition.ξ
ξThe Festival concludes with a complete performance of last year's Competition winner, Danish composer Line Tj’Ùrnh’Ùy's Anorexia Sacra.ξThat performance takes place Saturday evening atξ7:30PM at the Live Oak Friends Meeting House.ξ Founder and Director Viswa Subbaraman and Composer/Judge Daran Hagen are joined by musicians from the festival and KUHF's St. John Flynn for a preview session in the Geary Performance Studio.ξ Listen Download

Tonight atξ8:30PM at the Poison Girl Bar on Westheimer, the Poison Pen Reading Series presents Charlotte-born, Philadelphia-based poet, Taije Silverman, as she reads excerpts from her 2009 collection, Houses Are Fields.ξShe shares the stage with two other creative artists whose medium is the written word.ξξAdmission is free. Silverman talks about her latest work, and reads an example of it, for KUHF's St. John Flynn.ξ Listen Download

Mercury Baroque, under the direction of its founder and Artistic Director, Antoine Plante, performs nine of the twelve concertos from Antonio Vivaldi's 1711 collection, L'estro Armonico, - The Genius of Harmony ... this Saturday night at 8:00PMin the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston's Wortham Center.ξHe and musicians from Mercury Baroque gather in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview session hosted by KUHF's St. John Flynn.ξ Listen Download


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