The Front Row, 4/26/2006

Dr. Betty Devine, Founder and Director of the Houston Choral Society, stopped by to tell us about a program of sacred and secular works that have had special meaning for her singers including pieces by Rachmaninov, Holst, Hassler, Dvor?k, Kod?ly, Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, and African-American spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan...

A concert of this music will be this Saturday evening at 7:30 at Foundry United Methodist Church. http://www.houstonchoral.org/ξAudio here.ξ

Continuing our coverage of National Poetry Month, University of Houston Professor and poet Claudia Rankine visited the studios to read one of her poems from her latest collection Don't Le Me Be Lonely, a narrative series of verse that sprung from her reaction to the 2000 and 2004 elections. Audio here.ξ

Producer-screenwriter-actor Damon Shalit, and his sister, director Shira-Lee talked with KUHF's Bob Stevenson about their new feature-length film A-List which screens tomorrow night at the A-M-C Studio 30 Cinema, 2949 Dunvale Street as part of the 39th annual WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival. The festival is in full swing and offers daily screenings of American and foreign feature films, shorts and documentaries, panel discussions and workshops. http://www.worldfest.org/ξAudio here.ξ

We concluded today's show with a performance of the long-time musical institution, the Paragon Brass Ensemble. The ensemble will perform this coming Sunday afternoon on the terrace at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, as part of its Family Day celebration of spring, Nature Inside and Out. http://www.mfah.org/. Audio here.ξ

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