The Front Row, Monday, 6/16/2008

Today author Alan Furst talks about his new international-intrigue novel, The Spies of Warsaw.  Also, curator Frances Marzio shows us some of the ancient paintings, sculpture and craft in the major exhibition, Pompeii: Tales of an Eruption now heading into its final week at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston...
Pompeii: Tales from an Eruption, a massive touring exhibition of 500 objects is in the final week of its run at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  Dean Dalton speaks with MFAH Frances Marzio about what these artifacts from Pompeii tell us about the people, their way of life and their culture in the early days of the Roman Empire.   Listen.  Download.

A fictionalized account of the events leading up to Germany's World War II invasion of France drives the action of The Spies of Warsaw, a new historical novel of international intrigue by Alan Furst.  Furst speaks with morning news anchor Rod Rice in the studios.  Listen.  Download.

Violinists Lucie Robert and Kyung Sun Lee, violist Rita Porfiris, and cellist Edward Arron treat us to a movement from Dvorak's tuneful "American" String Quartet.  That work and other home-grown pieces appear on this week's faculty-artist recital, entitled As American As…, to be presented tonight in College Station and tomorrow evening in Houston by the University of Houston's Texas Music Festival.   Listen.  Download.