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The Front Row, Wednesday, 9/24/2008

Posted on · Singers from Opera in the Heights perform excerpts from Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch talks about the Fall Mixed-Repertory program, Classically Modern. And we hear about a new production by the city's Spanish-language theater company, Gente de Teatro.

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The Front Row, Friday, 7/25/2008

Posted on · Texas artists Jeff Shore & Jon Fisher discuss their new interactive artwork, which features a constantly-evolving landscape of a river canyon and cloud-filled sky. Popular spy-fiction writer Daniel Silva talks about Moscow Rules, and early-music expert Matthew Dirst gives us a preview of Ars Lyrica Houston's upcoming season.

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The Front Row, 3/13/2008

Posted on · Three distinguished faculty-artists, including cellist Brinton Averil Smith of the Shepherd School of Music, chat about the friendship & musicianship involved in chamber music and treat us to some Mendelssohn! And we delve into our innermost thoughts with a preview of "Inner Voices," presented by Musiqa & actors from Stages Repertory Theatre . . .

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The Front Row, 3/10/2008

Posted on · Houston's Larry Dierker (yes, that Larry Dierker, former All-Star pitcher & manager of the Astros) tell us about his new venture: "Old Stories," a musical about a Major League Baseball team! Opera star Frederica von Stade & composer Jake Heggie share insights about Mr. Heggie's world premiere, "Last Acts." And we also check out what's happening at the Lawndale Art Center and Main Street Theater . . .

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The Front Row, 2/25/2008

Posted on · We serve up folksongs and classical chamber music on today's cultural menu! Houston folksinger Bobby Bridger pays tribute to American frontiersman, Pony Express rider & showman "Buffalo Bill." And musicians from The Greenbriar Consortium perform a brand-new work by Cristian Macelaru and a relatively obscure treat by August Klughardt.

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The Front Row, 2/15/2008

Posted on · Today’s program features interviews with Turkish guitarist Cem Duru?z and David Hahn, Albert Mazibuko of the South African men’s choral ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie… Turkish guitarist Cem Duru?z performs live for us, and he and Boston-based composer David Hahn talk about Mister Hahn’s new Guitar Concerto, Anatolia. Mister Duru?z […]

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The Front Row, 2/14/2008

Posted on · Happy Valentine’s Day! Hear about two very different cabaret programs today: “Cabaret Unkempt” by Cuban American performer Jennylin Duany and Opera Vista’s Cabaret Evening of Love Songs by German American composer Kurt Weill. The early-music ensemble, Mercury Baroque, also offers “A Vivaldi Valentine” . . . Can Baroque music be “romantic”?  Dean Dalton chats with […]

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The Front Row, 2/13/2008

Posted on · Check out the provocative & playful paintings of artist Howard Sherman! Learn what really happened when the Baghdad Museum was looted five years ago. Plus … are you a lover of musical theatre? Enjoy some lesser-known gems, performed by Bayou City Concert Musicals! Dr. Donny George Youkhanna will discuss The Looting of the Baghdad Museum: A […]

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The Front Row, 2/12/2008

Posted on · Meet tenor Gary Ruschman & baritone Dashon Burton, two of the nine members of Cantus, the acclaimed Minnesota-based vocal ensemble! Hear the musical version of that famous French Revolution-set novel, “The Scarlet Pimernel,” performed by Masquerade Theatre. And learn about a provocative and funny allegorical play, currently being offered at Stages Repertory Theatre . . […]

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The Front Row, 1/11/2008

Posted on · From medieval music to a contemporary song cycle to choral works, we introduce you to three very different musical events happening around town this weekend. Our guests represent the mostly Boston-based group Fortune’s Wheel, Houston’s art-song society Col Canto and Princeton, New Jersey’s famed Westminster Choir . . . Violinist-harpist-vocalist Shira Kammen also plays vielle, […]

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The Front Row, 1/10/2008

Posted on · Got talent? The incredibly talented and unique family of pianists known as The 5 Browns visit their former home-town of Houston and the KUHF studios! We also hear about the Houston Symphony’s newly commisioned piece for trombone, and the Menil Collection offers “Video Now: Artists Working in the Spirit of Bruce Naumann.” Dean Dalton gets […]

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The Front Row, 1/09/2008

Posted on · Today’s program is packed! Architect Thomas Diehl returns, this time to discuss the environmental implications of Greenway Plaza; “This American Life” producer & host Ira Glass talks about his lovable style of storytelling; plus, the Houston Symphony, exciting contemporary dance and a bit of Russian literature are all featured as well . . . Just […]