The Front Row, 1/11/2008

From medieval music to a contemporary song cycle to choral works, we introduce you to three very different musical events happening around town this weekend. Our guests represent the mostly Boston-based group Fortune's Wheel, Houston's art-song society Col Canto and Princeton, New Jersey's famed Westminster Choir . . .

Violinist-harpist-vocalist Shira Kammen also plays vielle, a five-stringed medieval violin, in the period-instruments quartet Fortune's Wheel.ξ She chats with Bob Stevenson about her group and the program Mirie It Is - A Glimpse of Medieval England, which they bring toξTrinity Episcopal Church,ξthis Sunday at 4pmξ(a presentation of Houston Early Music).ξξ Listenξ Download

Here's aξtreat for art-songξfans!ξ Singers from Col Canto perform excerpts from Ned Rorem's song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen.ξ The work receives itsξHouston Premiere this Saturday, 7:30pm, on the Grace Note Music Series at Saint Philip Presbyterian Church.ξ In the studio:ξTracy Rhodus (soprano), Natalie Arduino (mezzo-soprano), Vern Sutton (tenor), David Grogan (baritone), Keith Weber (piano) & Dean Dalton (host).ξξ Listenξ Download

Currently on tour, the highly regarded Westminster Choir brings its program The Sun is Daily New and Old to Nassau Bay's Gloria Dei Lutheran Church this Saturday, 7:30pm.ξ Dean Dalton interviews Choir Director, Joe Miller.ξξ Listenξ Download

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