Reginald Smith Jr. and Andrea Carroll from Houston Grand Opera Studio will lead a carol sing-along, and Houston Ballet dancers in character as the Sugar Plum Fairy and a toy soldier will escort concertgoers to their seats.
Danielle Bradbery shot to stardom and clinched the "The Voice" crown with her soaring voice and sweet personality. [...] the young singer had other aspirations when she was growing up in Cypress. Given Bradbery's track record, that could be soon. " 'The Voice,' I think, prepared me big time for what's going on now," she says. [...] Bradbery excelled on renditions of big hits from Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans and Pam Tillis during her TV run. Bradbery returns home this week for the Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting (and maybe some drumming practice). What was most important to you with this album? Did you consider the balance of young fans and more mature listeners you picked up thanks to your "Voice" performances? A: "My Day" and "Never Like This" are the two that I can really relate to (in terms of) what's going on now that has never happened to me before. Any nerves singing for stadiums full of fans on the Brad Paisley tour? Q: "The Voice," a hit single, a new album - what's the next big goal? [...] I always loved the bull riding and the roping before the performance.
Electronic dance music for the holidays. 9 p.m. at Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond; 832-251-9600.
Moore chose a winding and rewarding musical path over the past 20 years after initially being heralded as the young hot-shot blues-rock guitar guy. 7 and 9:30 p.m. at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; 713-528-5999.
Velvety jazz vocals from Hall, who just released Christmas album "Noel."
Country duo with roots in Sugar Land and Oklahoma. 8 p.m. at Dosey Doe Music Cafe, 463 FM 1488, Conroe; 936-271-2171.
Taking motifs from Wagner's score in sometimes riotous new directions, Rouse's percussion-and-orchestra fantasy imagines what might become of the saga's key troublemaker after the final apocalypse - when Alberich is the only character Wagner doesn't kill off.
Wagner buffs, who already know the score, can pick out the allusions to the "Ring"; everyone else can get the message from the music's acrobatics, explosiveness and mystery.
When Ingrid Fliter was a promising teenage pianist in her native Argentina, she was invited to an after-concert party for the scintillating pianist Martha Argerich, one of the country's musical titans.
"Since I knew there was a slight possibility of playing for her, I prepared myself so intensively," Fliter says.
After Fliter performed, Argerich not only urged her to go to Europe for more training but recommended a teacher in Germany - and even let Fliter use one of her apartments.
The pianist, now 40, joins the Houston Symphony and conductor laureate Hans Graf this week in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.
From one day to the next, I arrived in Germany without knowing the language, without the protection of my parents - with their support, definitely, but from far away.
After some runner-up competition prizes helped start your career, you won the Gilmore Artist Award (given by a group that observes pianists without their knowing it, then gives one of them a high-powered package of concert bookings and other help).
[...] even if you travel and see beautiful places in the world, you don't have enough time to visit.
Mozart's Concerto No. 23 contains a huge contrast between the first and last movements, which are sunny and cheerful, and the more serious slow movement.