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The Front Row

The Front Row, Wednesday, 05/13/2009

Today, we feature a performance by vocal soloists associated with the United Nations Association International Choir and with Space City Gamelan, who with U-N-A Choir Artistic Director, Phillip Kloeckner — treat us to selections from the concert A Choral Kaleidoscope: Ten Years of Song


Friday evening at 7:00PM at the Rothko Chapel, Divas World Productions presents Gnosis in Song. Dr. April de Conick, Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University, talks about the Gnostic Gospels and the mystical branch of early Christianity that these writings represent … and mezzo-soprano Sonja Bruzauskas and harpist Becky Baxter perform the composed and improvised musical settings they have created for some of the Gnostic texts. Dr. de Conick and Sonja Bruzauskas are joined in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview. Listen. Download.

Director Jon Harvey, actress Ashley Allison and actor and playwright Timothy Evers are the creative team behind the Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s production of Lonely Odd Creatures: A Grand Guignol written by Mr. Evers. That play will be presented this Sunday evening at 7:00PM at Avant Garden as part of the 2nd Annual Houston Fringe Festival, a showcase of new cutting-edge work by local theater groups, dancers and choreographers, improv troupes, film-makers and musicians. Harvey, Allison and Evers perform an excerpt for and have a converation with KUHF’s Bob Stevenson. Listen. Download.

Houston’s United Nations Association International Choir presents its 10th anniversary concert, A Choral Kaleidoscope: Ten Years in Song this Saturday afternoon. The program includes the first regional performances of the rarely-heard Magnificat by Felix Mendelssohn … and the World Premiere of That The Dove May Rest, by Minnesota composer, Jan Gilbert. Appearing with the Choir and its Artistic Director, Philip Kloeckner, are Space City Gamelan and vocal soloists, Cynthia Clayton,  Adriana Zabala and bass, David Keck. They all gather into the Geary Performance Studio for a preview hosted by KUHF’s Chris Johnson. Listen. Download.