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Divergence Vocal Theater – Evening Star: Beauty Bringer

Posted on · Divergence Vocal Theater’s Artistic Director, soprano Misha Penton [pictured], and singers, Alison Greene and Michael Walsh, plus pianist Kyle Evans and guitarist Valerie Hartzell perform for us! Their next program is Evening Star: Beauty Bringer, an intimate recital of reflective summer songs.

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The Front Row – Opera Vista

Posted on · Then, singers from Opera Vista perform live for us.  They and Conductor Viswa Subbaraman present excerpts from Vera of Las Vegas, Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon’s chamber opera that blends the styles of 20th Century classical music, jazz, Broadway and even folk-rock.  Opera Vista performs Vera of Las Vegas Thursday through Saturday evening at Rich’s Night Club, downtown...

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The Front Row – Theater LaB Houston

Posted on · Cast members from Theater LaB Houston,  along with Musical Director Adam Stout and Stage Director Jimmy Phillips perform songs from their production of [title of show]. It's a musical about a musical written and produced by two nobodies who decide to launch an original production starring themselves and their lady-friends and guess what? It becomes a hit just like [title of show]...

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The Front Row – Wordsmyth Theater Company

Posted on · Houston playwright, Patricia Barry Rumble, introduces us to her play, Au Revoir, Chère Bêbê, in which the Great-Grandmother of a Louisiana Creole family savors the memories of her time with her beloved, late husband, and wonders whom she can pass this legacy on to.  Wordsmyth Theater Company presents a staged reading of Chère Bêbê tonight at Main Street Theater’s Chelsea Market playhouse...

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The Front Row – Grand 1894 Opera House

Posted on · Shirley MacLaine – yes, the Academy-Award-winning actress – shares some behind-the-scenes stories about her movies, her entertainment-industry colleagues, and her spiritual quest.  She brings her one-woman show, A Conversation with Shirley MacLaine, to Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House this Sunday afternoon... 

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The Front Row – Divergence Vocal Theater

Posted on · Mezzo-Soprano, Misha Penton, Artistic Director of Divergence Vocal Theatre and composer Dominick DiOrio tell us about the chamber opera they've created that re-tells the legend of Klytemnestra, the Queen of ancient Greece who murders her husband, King Agamemnon. Divergence Vocal Theatre presents Klytemnestra in the company's new performance space at the Spring Street Studios...

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The Front Row – Theater LaB Houston

Posted on · We hear about a theatrical work that originated in The Big Apple: Gone Missing, a "documentary-musical" about loss, based on interviews with real-life New Yorkers. Cast members from Theatre LaB Houston perform songs from their production of Gone Missing, and we chat about the show with director-choreographer Linda Phenix...

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The Front Row – Opera in the Heights

Posted on · Singers from Opera in the Heights perform for us. Conductor Linus Lerner joins us also, to preview the company's production of The Pearl Fishers, Georges Bizet's opera set on the ancient, Indian-Ocean island of Ceylon, where two fishermen have both fallen for the same mysterious woman. Opera in the Heights's Pearl Fishers opens tomorrow evening at Lambert Hall...

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The Front Row – Opera Vista

Posted on · The winner of Opera Vista's 2010 New Opera Competition, Lembit Beecher, performs some of his solo piano pieces for us, previewing this year's Opera Vista chamber-music recital, which takes place tomorrow evening at Bethany Christian Church. And, Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman and the jurors of this year's Opera Vista Competition talk about the entries that have made it into the contest's final rounds...

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The Front Row – Main Street Theater

Posted on · Director Troy Scheid and actress Stephanie Holladay Earl talk about Main Street Theater's Regional Premiere of Or, a saucy historical farce by Liz Duffy Adams that imagines the inter-relationship between the 17th-Century British King, Charles II, his mistress, actress Nell Gwynne and Aphra Behn, England's first important female playwright...

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The Front Row – Opera Vista

Posted on · Singers from Opera Vista perform excerpts from And Then I Remember, the chamber opera by Estonian-American composer, Lembit Beecher, that was the winning entry in last year's Opera Vista Competition. The piece's Texas premiere opens this year's week-long OV Festival Saturday night at Bethany Christian Church...