Unwrap Your Candies Now

Live From Theater District Open House!

The annual Open House marks the official start of the city’s performing arts season, and “Unwrap Your Candies Now” was there to find out what operas, symphonies, ballets, chamber music, jazz, plays and Broadway musicals are in store for Houston audiences.


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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu and Ernie Manouse preview the 2019-2020 seasons of eight of the major performing arts groups of Houston's Theater District, and they chat with Mayor Sylvester Turner about the significant impact of the arts in the city. Recorded live at Jones Hall at the 26th Annual Theater District Open House on August 25, this episode also marks the radio debut of the podcast, which can now be heard Fridays at 10:30 pm on News 88.7.

Guests include:

Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director, Alley Theatre

Perryn Leech, Managing Director, Houston Grand Opera

Toni Capra, Executive Director, Da Camera

Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS)

Meg Booth, CEO, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA)

Wendi Reichstein, Director of Regional Marketing, Broadway at the Hobby Center

John Mangum, Executive Director & CEO, Houston Symphony

Angela Lee, Director of Marketing and PR, Houston Ballet

Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.


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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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