The Front Row, 06/19/2006

Septuple-threat Broadway and Hollywood performer - singer, choreographer, singer, actress, writer, director, producer - and Houston native - Debbie Allen was in the KUHF studios today. . .

Debbie Allen Dance AcademyAllenξbrings herξLos Angeles based Debbie Allen Dance Academy to Houston's Wortham Center for day-long classes through July 1st. It opened today but, aspiring young dancers, agesξ7 through 21 can still enroll. Ms. Allenξspoke about her career and the academy with KUHF's Alison Young. Audio here.ξ

Anne LeekTFR Assistant Producer Alison Young hosted aξperformance session from KUHF's Studio 3-Cξwith Houston Symphony Associate Principle Oboist Anne Leek and Moores School of Music Professor of Voice Kathryn Ciesinski. Leek is the curator of this week's Rockwell Distinguished Artist offered by the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival. The program, Yada Yada Yada - Music and Talk is presented tomorrow evening at 7:30 in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston. Ciesinski will serve as the narrator inξStravinsky's The Soldier's Tale.ξξAudio here.

Bayou City Concert MusicalsAlso in the KUHF Performance Studio today where members from Bayou City Concert Musicals troupe of actors, led by Alley Theatre resident-company member, Paul Hope. Each fall the BCCM puts on a rarely performed Broadway musical as a benefit for the Houston Center for AIDS and, as of this year, the Ronald McDonald House-Houston. In order to raise financing for this September's presentation of Fiorello!, BCCM has organized an evening of caberet, Oh, Sweet Mystery of Life - The Music of Victor Herbert. Stars of past and future productions will perform both old lee familiar favorites and less familiar Victor Herbert tunes this evening and next Monday night at Ovations in Rice Village. KUHF's Bob Stevenson presided over today's afternoon caberet on The Front Row. Audio here.

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