The Front Row, Tuesday, 4/01/2008

Today we meet actor-singer Kevin Smith Kirkwood who plays Mitch in the Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the off-beat and hilarious Tony-Award-winning musical, whose national tour is currently playing at the Hobby center.  Canadian born composer, Sydney Hodkinson, tells us about his two chamber works that will be performed on this evening's Syzygy: New Music at Rice concert at the Shepherd School of Music.  Sarah Loudermilk, Executive Director of the chamber-music society, Da Camera of Houston, is a special guest of the hour...
We talk with actor-singer, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, member of the national touring cast of the Tony-Award-winning musical, The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Kirkwood plays Mitch Mahoney, the street-smart but empathic "comfort counselor," who offers hugs and juice-boxes to young contestants as they are eliminated from the spelling bee.   Listen.  Download.

Canadian born composer, Sydney Hodkinson, contributes two of his recent pieces to tonight's Syzygy: New Music At Rice concert at the Shepherd School.  St. John Flynn speaks to the Eastman School of Music graduate about his work.  Listen.  Download.

Fiddler, violinist and composer Mark O' Connor speaks with Chris Johnson about the Houston Chamber Music Society's inaugural concert, which takes place in Houston Baptist University's new Morris Cultural Arts Center.  O'Conner, along with local musicians Melissa Marse, piano, Arash Amini, cello and Swiss Flutist Eveline Kuhn, will perform twentieth and twenty-first century American music, including three original works by Mr. O'Conner.   Listen.  Download.