The Front Row

The Front Row, Thursday, 05/14/2009

Musicians from Mercury Baroque, led by Artistic Director, Antoine Plante, join us live to perform excerpts from Jean-Baptiste Lully's 1686 opera, Armide. We also talk with the hot young virtuoso violinist Eugene Ugorski. He joins the Houston Symphony for performnaces this weekend in Jones Hall and at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion…

We chat with Houston Symphony Music Director, Hans Graf, and 20 year-old Saint-Petersburg-born virtuoso, Eugene Ugorski, hailed as “one of the most exciting young violinists of today.”  Mister Ugorski performs Paganini’s Violin Concerto Number One this weekend with the Symphony, in a program that also includes three other works by Italian composers, among them Ottorino Respighi’s colorful and evocative Pines of Rome. Listen. DownloadExtended interview with Eugene Urgoski and Chris Johnson.

Mercury Baroque presents its innovative re-envisioning of the 17th Century opera, Armide, by Jean-Baptiste Lully, in a contemporary setting conceived and directed by French multi-disciplinary artist, Pascal Rambert and performed on original instruments by the Mercury Baroque orchestra and vocal soloists, including our guest, tenor Zachary Wilder, in the role of Renauld, the French Crusader with whom the Syrian sorceress, Armide, falls in love. Musicians associated with the upcoming presentation gather in the KUHF Performance Studio for a preview session with KUHF’s St. John Flynn. Listen. Download.

KUHF’s Eric Ladau, speaking with Robert Simpson, Artist Director of the Houston Chamber Choir, and jazz trumpeter Barry Lee Hall, Junior, of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.  The Choir joins forces with singers from the Ebony Opera Chorus and an all-star big band, led by Mister Hall and Bayou City jazz pianist, Paul English, to present Come Sunday: The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington, this Saturday evening at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Listen. Download.