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Uptown Dance Company open rehearsal: Dance Infusion 2014

Go behind the scene with Uptown Dance Company and Uptown Dance Company II as the companies prepare for Dance Infusion 2014. Watch the creative and rehearsal process of the choreographers, meet with


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Miraculous music: Scandalous masterpiece set in post-apocalyptic brothel shakes up classical world

By Joel Luks

I'm always in the mood for Chinese. Who isn't? My friends howled at my expense. I was humiliated. But looking back at my misguided assertion, I can't help but laugh at myself for th ...


Up To Speed

Dreams on wheels: The best hardbody money can buy makes Texas debut in Phish musical

By Joel Luks

A sparking hardbody with a price tag of more than $120,000 may be at the center of TUTS Underground's season finale production, but a look under the hood reveals that this show is about living ...


At the Ballet Barre

A lewd ballet: Young professionals embrace the attitude in a rare behind-the-scenes look

By Joel Luks

Everyday gestures of brushing teeth, applying makeup and eating breakfast, combined with lewd signs such as giving the middle finger and mouthing aggressive indecencies, makes Houston Ballet a ...


Ballet Barre Young Professionals host "Ballet & Bubbles"

Houston Ballet Center for Dance

Join young professionals for a rare opportunity to observe a private company rehearsal lead by artistic director Stanton Welch followed by a question and answer session with Welch and the company d


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Mad Max, Poltergeist and Shakespeare merge: Opera in the Heights embraces the supernatural

By Joel Luks

It's quite possible that Giuseppe Verdi didn't understand one word of William Shakespeare's Macbeth when he saw it for the first time. Scholars say that the Italian Romantic c ...


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Cathy Rigby's secret of youth: Stage kids keep 60-year-old Peter Pan star flying high

By Joel Luks

Can you really claim to be the same person you were two decades ago? People change, people grow up, people mature — so we hope.  Cathy Rigby, the Olympic gymnast turned Broadway ...


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Step inside Frank Huang's practice room: Taking Tchaikovsky's masterpiece in two days' notice

By Joel Luks

Two days' notice … As Houston Symphony concertmaster Frank Huang followed the development of superstorm Sandy, he casually proposed that in the unfortunate case that violinist August ...


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Did Richard Strauss get it right? Texas Music Festival ponders what happens after death with epic Superman opus

By Joel Luks

It's often said that good composers borrow, great composers steal. Immortal composers are those from whom great composers steal. Though some may not be able to hum the melodies of Richard S ...


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Behind the scenes at Texas Music Festival: A look at how students prepare for a joyful Opening

By Joel Luks

For the 23rd Annual Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, maestro Franz Anton Krager is pushing his talented orchestra fellowship students to their tuneful limits. His rational ...


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