The Front Row

The Front Row, Tuesday, 6/17/2008

Today tenors Magnus Gislason, Lars Bo Ravnbak, and Mats Calven, soloists with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, join us as they tour North America with their concert.  We also talk with Australian film director, Bruce Beresford, who is in Houston this week, shooting the big screen adaptation of Mao’s Last Dancer, the autobiography of former Houston Ballet premier soloist, Li Cunxin

The Three Nordic Tenors, Magnus Gislason, Lars Bo Ravnbak, and Mats Calven and two sopranos, Cecilian Hjortsberg and Randi Gislason join St. John Flynn for a performance interview in Studio 3-C.  The tenors are soloists with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, and are currently on a North American concert tour.   Listen.  Download.

Bruce Beresford, director of the movie Driving Miss Daisy, brings to us the inspiring life story of Li Cunxin in his newest production, Mao’s Last Dancer.  Beresford speaks with Bob Stevenson about Cunxin, who was Houston Ballet’s premiere male dancer for sixteen years during the Eighties and Nineties.  Listen.  Download.  **Extended Version**.

We also visit with Sophia Torres and Sonia Noriega, the founders and co-Artistic Directors of the Psophonia Dance Company.  Torres and Noriega are celebrating their troupe’s first ten years with a program of greatest hits, Moments in a Decade, this weekend at the Barnevelder Theater.  Listen.  Download.  **Extended Version**.


Sascha Cordner

Sascha Cordner

Statewide Newscaster for the Texas Newsroom

Sascha Cordner is the afternoon statewide newscaster for the Texas Newsroom, based at Houston Public Media. She has more than 12 years of public radio experience, working at NPR member stations: WABE-FM in Atlanta, WFSU-FM in Tallahassee and WUFT-FM in Gainesville.  She’s worked in both radio and TV, serving in...

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