The Front Row, 1/04/2008

We explore the art of Pompeo Batoni, Italy's "Prince of Painters," and hear music of the same era performed live by Mercury Baroque! But Broadway tunes kick off today's program, as conductor Michael Krajewski gives us a preview of the Houston Symphony's next pops concert . . .

Houston Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski talks with Dean Dalton about Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway, the next Symphonyξconcert with performances tonight & Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7:30pm in Jones Hall.ξξ ListenξξDownload

Dean visits Pompeo Batoni, Prince of Painters in 18th-Century Rome, on view at the Museum ofξFine Arts Houston through January 27.ξ Curator Edgar Peters Bowron is on-hand to discuss this first comprehensive exhibit in 40 years of Batoni's portraits and historical scenes.ξξ Listenξ Download

The MercuryξBaroque ensemble presents theξfree recital,ξItalian Colors, this Sunday at 2pmξwhile surrounded byξthe Pompeo Batoni paintings in the MFAH's Audrey Jones Beck Building.ξ The musicians treat us to a live performance, previewing that all-Italian program!ξ In the studio are artistic director Antoine Plante, violinists Jonathan Godfrey & Oleg Sulyga, cellist Barrett Sills and harpsichordist William Averill. ξ Listenξ Download

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