The Front Row, Thursday, 1/22/2009

American composer, Augusta Read Thomas, talks about the World Premiere of her concerto, Absolute Ocean for Soprano, Harp & Orchestra. Houston favorite, Susan McDonald, premieres her new piece for classical guitar, live in our studio! Plus, we chat with Grammy-winning jazz singer Diane Schuur.
KUHF's Dean Dalton chats with composer Augusta Read Thomas, whose new work is Absolute Ocean, commissioned by the Houston Symphony.  The orchestra premieres the concerto, featuring soprano Twyla Robinson & harpist Paula, January 22, 24 & 25 at Jones Hall.   Listen  Download

Classical guitarist-turned-composer, Susan McDonald (pictured above) joins host St.John Flynn, live in Studio 3-C.  She plays some of her new pieces, including The Birthday TangoQuasimodo and The Aquarium: A Marine Micro-Ballet for Guitar & Sea Creatures.  Ms. McDonald's Houston recital is January 25 at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.  Listen  Download

Phenomenal jazz vocalist & pianist Diane Schuur talks by phone with KUHF's Eric Ladau.  Ms. Schurr performs January 24 at The Clarion at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson.  Listen  Download

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Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

Catherine Lu joined KUHF in October 2004. Since then, she has been hosting the Classical 91.7's Afternoon Concert and sharing her favorite music with listeners...