December 12, 2013 1:20 pm
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Houston
This Saturday at Rice University the Houston District holds its annual Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) auditions offering young singers the opportunity to advance to the regional auditions in New Orleans and then on to the Met in New York City. Houston District director, Rhonda Sweeney, talks with St.John Flynn about how it all goes down.
December 12, 2013 10:31 am
Beth Secor: The Significance of "Material"
Artist Beth Secor's evocative mixed-media installation is a tribute to her mother Shirley, who is living with Alzheimer's. On view at Lawndale Art Center through January 11, 2014.
December 11, 2013 5:21 pm
Arte Público Author of the Month: René Saldaña, Jr.
René Saldaña, Jr. is this month's Classical 91.7/Arte Público Press Author of the Month. In the latest installment of a series of monthly features, Houston Public Media's Eric Ladau spoke with Dr. Saldaña.
December 11, 2013 3:30 pm
Navidad Latina: Celebrating the Holiday Music and Traditions of Latin America and Spain
The Foundation for Modern Music presents the 3rd annual "Navidad Latina: Celebrating the Holiday Music and Traditions of Latin America and Spain" Thursday evening at the MFAH. FMM artistic director Raul Orlando Edwards talks about the event with St.John Flynn.
December 10, 2013 5:03 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking "The Nutcracker" with Michael Remson and Shelly Power
We all know The Nutcracker, right? Wrong! In this episode of Classical Classroom, Shelly Power (director, Houston Ballet Academy) and Michael Remson (executive director, American Festival of the Arts) blow your minds with the history of the ballet and a behind-the-scenes look at the massive undertaking that putting on the show entails every year.
December 10, 2013 4:48 pm
Houston Music Highlight: Houston Symphony
In this Houston Music Highlight the Houston Symphony, under former music director Leopold Stokowski, performs the conductor’s own transcription of a Chopin Mazurka (Op. 17, No. 4) from a recently-rereleased and remastered recording which first came out on the Everest label in 1960.
December 9, 2013 4:22 pm
The Art Guys Agree On Painting, Again, This Time From Thirty Feet Up
Houston's Jack Massing and Michael Galbreth, the Art Guys, celebrate 30 years of collaboration with the creation of a new performative painting.
December 6, 2013 6:07 pm
Opera Cheat Sheet: Rigoletto
Need a quick primer on this week's opera? Listen to our light-hearted overview of Giuseppe Verdi's towering tragedy Rigoletto, which opens a brand new Metropolitan Opera broadcast season Saturday at noon.
December 6, 2013 6:04 pm
Messiah!...from the Houston Chamber Choir & ROCO
Saturday evening, December 6th, at St. John the Divine in River Oaks, the Houston Chamber Choir and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra present Part I of Handel's Messiah (the Christmas part), and Alessandro Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata. HCC artistic director Robert Simpson came in to talk to St.John Flynn about this Christmas performance by the two ensembles.
December 6, 2013 4:02 pm
Houston Ballet's Jubilee of Dance
Houston Ballet's annual Jubilee of Dance takes to the stage of the Wortham Center's Brown Theatre tonight, for one night only. This year's Jubille celebrates Stanton Welch’s 10th anniversary as Artistic Director and features the full company in Welch's re-imagining of Marius Petipa's classical showpiece Paquita. Houston Ballet's Andrew Edmonson talks about the Jubilee of Dance with St.John Flynn
December 6, 2013 12:31 pm
Music in the Making December 8th at 7:06 PM
Princeton Miles hosts Music in the Making. Enjoy an hour of performances from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston including works by Prokofiev, Francois Rabbath, and Rice's Richard Lavenda. MusicLab Intern Daniel Webbon chats with Moores School alumnus George Heathco.
December 4, 2013 6:03 pm
Liminal Space Contemporary Ensemble: Steve Reich's 2 x 5
Music Lab Intern Daniel Webbon sits down with University of Houston Alumnus George Heathco to talk about his upcoming performance of Steve Reich's 2 x 5.
December 4, 2013 5:21 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 32: The Making of Handel's Messiah with Robert Simpson
Handel's Messiah is a beloved Christmas favorite. But, as Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of Houston Chamber Choir, tells us, it is oh-so-much more than the "Hallelujah" chorus. Like, 250 pages more. All of which we cover in this half-hour episode. Just kidding!
December 4, 2013 4:58 pm
Houston Music Highlight
Houston Music Highlight is a regular segment featuring performances by Houston-based ensembles and soloists. In this segment we hear music by the Presti guitar trio from their recently-released debut album.
December 4, 2013 4:57 pm
The Spirit of Christmas: A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre
Actors Jeffrey Bean and John Feltch, Ebenezer Scrooge and Mrs. Dilber respectively, talk with St.John Flynn about the Alley Theatre’s annual staging of Michael Wilson’s production of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas, based on the famous novella by Charles Dickens.
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December 12, 2013 2:29 pm
Original 'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday: 'I'm Not Going Nowhere'
Jennifer Holliday sprang to stardom in the 1980s for her Tony Award-winning performance in Dreamgirls and went on to a recording career after Broadway. But her life wasn't always glamorous: She suffered from depression and obesity, and once attempted suicide. She talks about the message she's trying to send with her forthcoming album, The Song is You.
December 12, 2013 1:50 pm
Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Songs Of 2013
Hear public radio stations' favorite songs of the year — from jazz to indie rock to cutting-edge classical. A wide range of programmers sent NPR Music their Top 10 lists, and we gathered all the tracks into one mighty stream.
December 11, 2013 5:26 pm
Funk, Faust And Stone: Three Stunning Albums From 2013
Deceptive Cadence host Anastasia Tsioulcas talks with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about three essential classical and world music releases from 2013 from very different parts of the globe: Bartok's Hungarian dancing, a percussion epic from Alaska and sweaty Nigerian funk.
December 9, 2013 4:19 pm
When 'Hit List' Got Another Shot At An Audience
At a concert staging, Smash die-hards get a look at what the show's second-season rock musical was meant to be like.
December 8, 2013 4:29 pm
Meat And Booze With A Side Of Still Life: American Painters On Food
Food as a symbol of politics, diet, gender roles, technology, isolation, gluttony and blatant commercialism has been with us for ages and in many forms. A massive exhibit explores how American artists, from Pilgrim times to Andy Warhol, used paintings of food to shape and reflect our national identity.
December 6, 2013 2:06 pm
Delightful 'Six By Sondheim' Leaves You Wanting Six More
HBO's new TV special is part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. Critic David Bianculli says it's a superbly compiled work, overseen by two of the people most intimately familiar with the composer himself.
December 6, 2013 2:05 pm
'On Sondheim': The Musical-Theater Legend At 80
The New York Times calls Stephen Sondheim the "greatest and perhaps best-known artist in American musical theater." Sondheim composed the music and lyrics for, among others, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Company. In 2010 he joined Fresh Air to discuss his career in musical theater.
December 6, 2013 12:05 pm
A Bumper Crop Of Classical Box Sets
It's been a banner year for classical box sets. Deceptive Cadence hosts Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga tell us why and choose a few of their favorites.
December 5, 2013 6:48 pm
'Pearl Earring' Is The Crown Jewel Of The Frick's Dutch Exhibit
New York City is home to more paintings by Johannes Vermeer — eight — than any other city. And until mid-January, it's playing host to one more: the world-renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring. Critic Lloyd Schwartz says, since the painting's 1994 restoration, "It's even more breathtaking than I remembered."
December 4, 2013 1:06 pm
Norman Rockwell's 'Saying Grace' Sells For $46 Million At Auction
The sale of the famous painting of a woman and boy bowing their heads in prayer at a table in a bustling restaurant set a record for Rockwell's art.
December 4, 2013 11:14 am
Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It
Collective Cadenza, or CDZA for short, is a loose-knit group of musicians — many of them graduates of Juilliard. They've made a name for themselves with funny YouTube videos that have received millions of views. As a result, the group was invited to perform live at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards alongside Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.
December 3, 2013 5:02 pm
For Miami, A New Art Project, Complete With Drama
The Perez Art Museum Miami opens this week, and despite praise for the building's design, the museum faces controversy over its name and has an uphill battle in a city where the art scene is already defined by private collectors.
December 3, 2013 9:56 am
Yuja Wang: Rooted In Diligence, Inspired By Improvisation
The 26-year-old classically trained pianist tackles Rachmaninov's dense and intimidating "Concerto No. 3" in a new recording. The musician says she hears a connection between the challenging piece and improvisations from the late Art Tatum.
December 3, 2013 8:56 am
Designer B Michael On Bringing Color To The Runway
B Michael is one of few top-tier African-American fashion designers. His work has been described as "politely sexy" and is worn by some of Hollywood's top names. Host Michel Martin talks with the veteran designer about his inspirations.
December 1, 2013 9:08 pm
Serbian Composer Djuro Zivkovic Wins Grawemeyer Music Prize
Hear On the Guarding of the Heart, an ethereal work for chamber orchestra that earned the award for the 38-year-old Serbian-born composer. He thinks of this music as a discourse about inner transformation.
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