The Front Row, Thursday, 6/19/2008

Today, we speak with Associate Conductor Robert Franz, about the opening of the Houston Symphony 2008 Target Summer Symphony Nights concert series at the Miller Outdoor Theater.  James Knapp, Managing and Artistic Director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, talks about the chorus' new two part program that includes several local premiers of works whose messages are those of courage, hope and inspiration...
The Houston Symphony's new Associate Conductor, Robert Franz, talks to Bob Stevenson about the first of this year's Summer Symphony Nights concerts at Miller Outdoor Theater.  The programs centers on the rarely-heard Piano Concerto by American composer, Leroy Anderson, the Twentieth-Century master of light concert music.   Listen.  Download.

Managing and Artistic Director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston James Knapp speaks with St. John Flynn about the premiere of the chorus' two-part program presented Saturday evening in Jones Hall.  The first half of the evening is made up of pieces by modern-day Broadway composers, while the second half features a powerful new dramatic work, Metamorphosis: The Journey to Joy by gay composer Robert Seeley.   Listen.  Download.

The winner of the 2008 Texas Music Festival Concerto competition, clarinetist Kristin King, plays Mozart live in Studio 3-C with guest conductor Christoph Campestrini and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.  She will perform Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto with the TMF Orchestra tomorrow evening at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, and again Saturday night at the University of Houston's Moores Opera House.   Listen.  Download.