The Front Row

The Front Row, Tuesday, 12/08/2009

Members of the Houston Grand Opera Studio perform a couple of the opera scenes — one from Turandot and the other from Wozzeck — that they'll present on their Studio Showcase, this weekend at the University of Saint Thomas. We also meet Joel Cohen, Director Emeritus of the Boston Camerata. He tells us about the group's 2009 holiday program, A Mediterranean Christmas, which the Camerata will perform on their first-ever Houston Friends of Music concert, tonight at Rice University…

The Houston Friends of Music present — for the first time on their concert series — the Boston Camerata and the ensemble’s new Holiday program, A Mediterranean Christmas. Performance time is 8:00PM tonight in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Director Emeritus Joel Cohen chats with Bob Stevenson about the program. Listen Download

Rachel Willis-Serensen, Michael Sumuel, Brendan Tuohy, and Nathaniel Peake and four more of the rising young stars from the Houston Grand Opera Studio perform arias and scenes from operas by Handel, Puccini, Berg, Mozart, Donizetti, Floyd and Verdi on the next H-G-O Studio Showcase. It’s Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Jones Hall located on the campus of the University of Saint Thomas in Houston’s Montrose District. Tickets will be available at the door. KUHF’s St. John Flynn hosts a preview session in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen Download

Houston’s United Nations Association International Choir, under the direction of its new Interim Conductor, Eric P. Esparza, presents its 10th annual holiday concert, Songs of the Night. The lone performance is Saturday evening at 7:00PM at Saint Paul’s United Church on Fannin Street in the Houston Museum District. KUHF’s Catherine Lu hosts aw preview session in anticipation of the upcoming concert in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen Download