The Front Row

The Front Row, Friday, 04/30/2010

Actors James Black (pictured) and Kristine Nielsen talk about their roles in the Alley Theatre's new production of Mary Chase's beloved and poignant comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, the gentle eccentric whose days are spent in the company of his best friend, an invisible, six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey

KUHF’s Bob Stevenson speaks with pianist Sarah Rothenberg, the Artistic Director of Da Camera of Houston who joins soprano Kelley Nassief and musicians associated with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center — violist Ida Kavafian and the Orion String Quartet to perform small-ensemble works by Wagner, Brahms and Schoenberg … as Da Camera concludes its season-long exploration of music’s romantic spirit, with the program, The Twilight of Romanticism. The recital takes place, tomorrow evening in the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston’s Wortham Center.   Listen Download  *Extended Interview Coming Soon*

KUHF’s St. John Flynn speaks with former U. S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Kooser is the most prominent of the poets who is in residence at this weekend’s 9th annual Poetry at Round Top Festival on the campus of the International Festival-Institute in Round Top.  Listen Download

Resident Actor James Black plays Elwood P. Dowd, friend of a Pooka, a magical spirit-being in the form of a six-foot tall, invisible white rabbit and Kristine Nielsen is Elwood’s sister, Veta, a would-be member of the upper crust in the Alley Theatre’s new production of Mary Chase’s heart-warming 1944 comedy, Harvey. There are evening performances through May 9th.  Black and Nielsen chat with Bob Stevenson.  Listen Download

Houston Symphony musicians, Jennifer Owen and Kiju Joh, violins; Linda Goldstein, viola; and Kevin Dvorak, cello … with the assistance of free-lance percussionist, Chris Slagle … play two examples of works by Jewish composers, declared “Degenerate Music” and banned by the Nazis during World War Two: the String Quartet Number One in A-Major by Alexander von Zemlinsky … and the String Quartet Number Two, “From The Monkey Mountains,” by Pavel Haas. Ira J. Black, Professor of Fine Arts on the Spring Branch campus of Houston Community College Northwest, will discuss the works to be performed in a pre-concert talk. The recital is Sunday afternoon at Houston’s Congregation Emanu-El.  The musicians play excerpts from the recital for KUHF’s Catherine Lu. Listen Download *Extended Interview*