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2. Classical

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3. Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom

Classical 91.7 audio librarian, Dacia Clay has a secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! In each episode of the Classical Classroom, classical music pros give her "homework assignments." You'll learn about everything from bel canto aria to the use of leitmotif in the score to Star Wars. Come learn with us in the Classical Classroom.

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4. Houston Arts Partners Conference

Houston Arts Partners Conference

We preview the Houston Arts Partners Conference, an event that brings together top educators, administrators and artists to explore new techniques and philosophies in arts education. Shelly Power, director of outreach and education for Houston Ballet, and Bob Bryant, executive director of fine arts for the Katy Independent School District, talk with Bob Stevenson. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness!

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5. Cajun music and documentary films with Rice composer Shane Monds

Cajun music and documentary films with Rice composer Shane Monds

Shane Monds, 1st year DMA composer at Rice University, speaks with music lab intern Daniel Webbon about two upcoming projects: his Sonatine Cadien for violin and piano, and his Piano Quintet adaptation of his score to the documentary, "A Man Without Words."

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6. Opera

Opera

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7. Young Composers at the 20th American Festival for the Arts

Young Composers at the 20th American Festival for the Arts

This year’s AFA world premières concert showcases works by talented young students. For 20 years, Houston’s own American Festival for the Arts’ (AFA) Summer Music Conservatory has been teaching students in grades 3-12 the joys of music with programs focusing on orchestra, choir, piano and composition as well as classes in music theory, ear training, chamber music, voice and other electives. Friday evening, July 10th, 2015, at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance downtown, the AFA presents its annual World Premières concert featuring new music, dance and film created by the AFA’s composition students in collaborations with choreographers and dancers from the Houston Ballet Academy and filmmakers from Wonderworks. AFA Executive and Artistic Director Michael Remson and two of this year’s composition program participants, Natsumi Osborn, 16, and Jay Morales, 17, along with AFA faculty musicians Andres Gonzalez, violin, Patrick Moore, cello, Monica Daniel-Barker, flute, and Rodolfo Morales, piano, join Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn in the Geary Studio to perform Natsumi and Jay’s new works and talk about the World Premières concert.

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8. Opera Cheat Sheet: Madama Butterfly

Opera Cheat Sheet: Madama Butterfly

Our quick, light-hearted intro to Puccini’s beloved masterpiece. In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media’s Arts & Culture director St.John Flynn and opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Puccini’s 1904 drama Madama Butterfly, based on the play “Madame Butterfly” by David Belasco. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, in the early years of the twentieth century, it’s the story of the young, innocent Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, and her fateful love for the “faithless” American naval lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton. [The musical excerpts are taken from a 1962 recording featuring Erich Leinsdorf conducting the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus with Leontyne Price singing Cio-Cio San and Richard Tucker as Pinkerton (RCA Victor 09026-68884-2)]

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9. Storm Large...the uncut interview!!

Storm Large...the uncut interview!!

(Warning: This interview contains language some may find objectionable!) Pink Martini singer and former punk queen Storm Large performs with the Houston Symphony Pops this weekend at Jones Hall in a program titled U.K. Rocks featuring songs by some of the great British bands and singers who have had such a lasting impact on rock and pop music. Storm came into Houston Public Media's Geary Studio to perform some songs, accompanying herself on the ukelele, and talk about the Houston Symphony performances and her own music. This is the uncut version of the interview she did with Houston Public Media Arts & Culture director St.John Flynn. You can listen to the edited version, which includes Storm singing, elsewhere on our Soundcloud page. Look for "Storm Large And The Houston Symphony Pops Rock The U.K." Enjoy the irrepressible Storm Large!

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10. Hope Stone Dance: say please and thank you

Hope Stone Dance: say please and thank you

Inspired by PBS’ The Electric Company, choreographer Jane Weiner’s newest modern dance piece, say please and thank you, is designed for children but with adults in mind! The show incorporates storytelling, featuring local poetry slam artist, Mahnoor Samana. Catherine Lu chats with Jane, who talks about her “inner child,” and with Mahnoor, who performs an excerpt from the children’s story told in the dance. Hope Stone Dance presents an evening of dance, featuring Artistic Director Jane Weiner’s new work, say please and thank you, along with a condensed version of her piece, squared dancer, on Friday, February 28, at 7:30pm at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall. Tickets and more information are available at www.hopestoneinc.org and www.thehobbycenter.org. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness!

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11. Stages Repertory Theatre: "Wittenberg"

Stages Repertory Theatre:

Director Josh Morrison and actor Luis Galindo talk about Stages Repertory Theatre’s regional premiere production of Wittenberg, David Davalos’s award-winning play in which two fictional characters (Doctor Faustus and Hamlet), and one very real historical figure (theologian Martin Luther), meet at Germany’s Wittenberg University back in the 16th Century. Josh Morrison and Luis Galindo talk with St.John Flynn. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness. :)

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12. Stuart Hinds and Overtone Singing

Stuart Hinds and Overtone Singing

Overtone singer Stuart Hinds demonstrates his skills at vocalizing two different melodic lines at the same time, as he previews his recital Harmonic Meetings – Chamber Music with Polyphonic Overtone Singing. Stuart Hinds performs and talks with Bob Stevenson. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness!

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13. Renée Fleming at the Houston Symphony

Renée Fleming at the Houston Symphony

We talk with everybody’s favorite soprano, Renée Fleming, who performs classical pieces and Broadway show tunes on the Houston Symphony’s Centennial Season opening-night concert. Renée Fleming talks with St.John Flynn. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness!

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14. The Hot Vikings Dixieland Band

The Hot Vikings Dixieland Band

Trombonist Thomas Hultén and bassist Thomas Helton invade the Geary Performance Studio with their Dixieland band The Hot Vikings. The Hot Vikings perform and talk with Eric Ladau. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness. :)

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15. Out of the Chamber, Part One

Out of the Chamber, Part One

Houston Public Media's Amy Bishop takes you on an exploration of chamber music in the pop world.... What would Lady Gaga's music sound like if it were arranged for string quartet? Or The Beatles? Or Coldplay? Take a listen and find out.

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16. Opera in the Heights: "Macbeth"

Opera in the Heights:

The lead cast members from Opera in the Heights’ new staging of Verdi’s Macbeth perform excerpts from the score, live in our studio. Baritone Andrew Cummings (Macbeth), soprano Emily Newton (Lady Macbeth), tenor Cameron Schutza (Macduff), artistic director/conductor Enrique Carreon-Robledo, stage director Lynda Keith McKnight, and assistant to the conductor/repetiteur Catherine Schaefer (piano) perform and talk with St.John Flynn. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness. :)

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17. Remember Glenn Gould with author Colin Eatock

Remember Glenn Gould with author Colin Eatock

We bring you a profile of one of the most celebrated and controversial musicians of the 20th century: Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould. He is the subject of Colin Eatock's new book, Remembering Glenn Gould: Twenty Interviews with People Who Knew Him. Today, Dr. Eatock tells stories about Glenn Gould, based on those interviews with the pianist's close friends and associates, and we listen to some of Mr. Goulds many recordings. Chris Johnson chats with Colin Eatock. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness. :)

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18. Francoeur Chamber Music Society’s Debut Recital

Francoeur Chamber Music Society’s Debut Recital

New group plays piano trios by Haydn, Mendelssohn & Shostakovich. Sunday evening at the Campbell Learning Center in west Houston, the Francoeur Chamber Music Society presents its first-ever concert. The society is the brainchild of Houston-based cellist Louis-Marie Fardet who teams up with violinist Chavdar Parashkevov, a colleague from the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera Orchestras, and Rice University doctoral student Viktor Valkov, piano. On their debut program are piano trios by Haydn (the E major), Mendelssohn (the C minor) and Shostakovich (the E minor). The three musicians joined Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn in the Geary Studio to play movements from two of the works and talk about the Francoeur Chamber Music Society.

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19. Opera Cheat Sheet: Eugene Onegin

Opera Cheat Sheet: Eugene Onegin

Download and listen to our quick overview of this Saturday's opera broadcast of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Saturday at noon. This week, Classical 91.7's program director, St.John Flynn, and opera expert, Eric Skelly, discuss Tchaikovsky’s great Eugene Onegin, the story of a man brought down by his selfishness and arrogance. You can hear L.A. Opera's production of Eugene Onegin Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at classical917.org. Love our shows? Show us by donating a few bucks here: bit.ly/UQweya. Donations contribute directly to your own continued audio happiness. :)

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