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The Show Must Go On ( mostly ) : Post-Ike Arts Events Updates

Changes to art events in the Houston area- venue, time, and schedule. Compiled by the staff of The Front Row- our week-daily magazine of the arts.


The Town Center Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar — which was to have inaugurated the company’s 2008-2009 season this weekend at McCulloughJunior High School in The Woodlands — has been postponed indefinitely — probably until the Spring.

The Alley Theatre’s season-opening production, Edmund Rostand’s classic romance, Cyrano de Bergerac — which also was to have debuted tonight — has likewise been pushed back … but only for a few days.  The first performance of that play is next Wednesday night, October Eighth.

The Opening Reception for the art exhibition: Moscow and Saint Petersburg: A Tale of Two Cities, originally scheduled to take place at Houston‘s RussianCulturalCenter, “Our Texas,” on September Eleventh, will, in fact, be presented this evening, beginning at Seven-Thirty.  The Center is located on Bissonnet between Kirby and Greenbriar.  The exhibition remains on view through November.

The Grand Opening of the city’s newest art space, the Green House Gallery, which was also pre-empted by the storm, is also re-set for this evening, Six to Nine P-M.  The Green House Gallery is exactly what its name says … a green house … located at 716 West Alabama, a couple of blocks east of Montrose.

The travails that Hurricane Ike heaped upon Opera In The Heights have not yet ended.  Electricity has been restored to the company’s home, Lambert Hall, but the air-conditioning is still not working, so tonight and tomorrow night’s Eight O’Clock performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will be presented at Reagan High School,

413 East Thirteenth Street

in the Heights.  Tickets will be available at the door; the box office opens at Seven.                                  

The opening weekend’s performances of Houston Ballet’s Fall Mixed-Repertory program, Classically Modern, that were shut down by the city’s curfew in the wake of the hurricane, will be presented in the Brown Theater of downtown Houston’s Wortham Center, tomorrow night and Sunday evening at Seven-Thirty, and Sunday afternoon at Two.   The program includes the world première of Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s latest creation, Mediaeval Baebes, and the Houston premières of Hans van Manen’s Solo, and Jerome Robbins’s Afternoon of a Faun.

Stages Repertory Theatre is temporarily presenting its current productions, its twentieth-anniversary revival of Always…Patsy Cline … and Unbeatable, the breast-cancer musical … at the

HobbyCenter‘s Zilkha Hall.  The two shows alternate performances, with Unbeatable on stage tonight and tomorrow evening at Eight, and Sunday afternoon at Three … and the re-incarnated Patsy Cline doing her timeless “thang,” tomorrow afternoon at Three and Sunday evening at Seven-Thirty.  Both shows will return to the Stages playhouse on Allen Parkway NEXT weekend, and the company has extended the run of Unbeatable a week, through October Twelfth, and Always…Patsy Cline is set to play through November Ninth.

The pipe-organ recital by the rising young virtuoso Bradley Welch, Artist-in-Residence at the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas — originally planned for what turned out to be Hurricane Weekend — will take place, this evening at Seven-Thirty at Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Woodway and Sage, just outside the 610 West Loop, a few blocks north of the Galleria.

The Houston Symphony had intended to begin its 2008-2009 Classical Season on the very weekend that Hurricane Ike came to visit … with a program of music mostly “Made in America:” Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Joan Tower’s companion piece, her Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman … Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony “From the New World” … and the Schumann Piano Concerto.  The Orchestra was able to re-schedule that concert: there are performances tonight at Eight and Sunday afternoon at Two-Thirty in Jones Hall, although with a different piano soloist.  Jonathan Biss, who was originally booked to play the Schumann on the concerts’ original dates last month, was unavailable this weekend, so the concerto will be played instead by the up-and-coming young keyboard virtuoso, Jeremy Denk, who was a member of the trio of soloists who performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto on the Symphony’s Opening Night Concert earlier in September.

Tomorrow night, the Houston Symphony presents Sounds of Recovery, a special free concert dedicated to the Greater Houston and GulfCoast communities, their citizens, volunteers and first-responders, as a gesture of healing in the wake of the great losses suffered under Hurricane Ike’s devastation.  The program includes some of the music from this weekend’s Jones Hall concerts: The Fanfare for the Common Man and portions of the “New World” Symphony … plus Rimsky-Korsakov’s popular Capriccio Espagnol … and movements from Beethoven’s Symphony Number Five, the composer’s musical monument to the indomitable human spirit.  That free concert is to be presented tomorrow evening at Seven-Thirty at GraceCommunityChurch, at the intersection of I-45, the Gulf Freeway, and

Dixie Farm Road