The Front Row, Wednesday, 09/17/2008

Today, the Shepherd School of Music's Webster Trio performs a new work by Robert Sirota, Birds of Paradise, commissioned by the Trio's flutist, Leone Buyse, and its clarinetist, Michael Webster, as a twentieth wedding anniversary gift for each other. Also, legendary American potter, Warren MacKenzie, shows us some of his seminal ceramic works, which are currently on view in a major retrospective exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
The Webster Trio is one of the ensembles-in residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.  The group's pianist is Robert Moeling, and the two wind players, Leone Buyse, flute, and Michael Webster, clarinet, are a married couple.  As a twentieth wedding anniversary gift to each other and in celebration of the Trio's twentieth anniversary season, Mister Webster and Miss Buyse commissioned Manhattan School of Music composer, Robert Sirota, to write a new piece for them.  The Trio presented the world premiere of the work, Birds of Paradise, at the annual convention of the National Flute Association, last month in Kansas City, and the Texas premiere, part of the Webster Trio's concert. Listen.  Download.

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is currently presenting Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter, a comprehensive retrospective of seminal works by one of the contry's pioneering ceramic artists. The exhitition at the Craft Center traces a 58 year period of the artisit's career. Bob Stevenson spoke with Mr. Mackenzie. Listen.  Download.