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Storm Stories and Songs

Posted on · Last week, a collaboration between the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife and Traditional Arts program brought Houstonians to Rudyard’s English Pub in Montrose to share their storm stories and songs. In a piece produced by Amy Bishop and Paige Phelps, we hear some of the stories recalling experiences during major storms […]

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Teacher Appraisal, Mayor Parker, and Storm Stories: Wednesday’s show (May 11, 2016)

Posted on · Last month, the Association of Professional Educators announced a petition to challenge the state’s planned updated appraisal system tying teacher evaluation scores to student performance on standardized tests. That announcement followed a lawsuit brought by the Texas State Teachers Association, seeking to invalidate part of the new evaluation system being planned by Texas Education Commissioner […]

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New Opera Tells the Story of Historic Harris County Court Case

Posted on · When members of Houston Grand Opera perform tonight (May 4, 2016), it won’t be on the Wortham Theater Stage. Instead, it’ll be inside a courtroom full of lawyers. News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop has more on the opera, called What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline. It’s based on an historic […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Destination Texas, Imprisoned in China and Free Opera for the Laid Off: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Texas being the top destination to move to from out of state; to a Houstonian being jailed in China; to free opera subscription renewals for laid-off oil and gas employees: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts this week includes: Wayne Ashley, the author of […]

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How an Opera Singer Found His Voice

Posted on · Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. performs in the Houston Grand Opera and talks about how he decided to pursue singing professionally. He says he saw an opera as a young man and thought: “Everyone dies in this thing. I kind of like it.”

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How an Opera Singer Found His Voice

Posted on · Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. performs in the Houston Grand Opera and talks about how he decided to pursue singing professionally. He says he saw an opera as a young man and thought: “Everyone dies in this thing. I kind of like it.”