The Front Row, Friday, 04/03/2009

Composer Ricky Ian Gordon talks about his opera The Grapes of Wrath. He is in town for rehearsal and the opening-night performance of the work which is given by the Moores Opera Center and Directed by Buck Ross...
Lutenist Paul Beier is the founder and director of the period-instruments group, Ensemble GalateaRichard Savino is the band's Baroque guitarist.  They speak with KUHF's Bob Stevenson about the program they present as the final concert of the season for Houston Early Music  Curiose Invenzioni happens tonight at 8:00PM at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Tickets will be available at the door; you can also order them in advance by calling 713-432-1744. Listen. Download.

The White Oak Trio performs tomorrow afternoon at 4:00PM at First Unitarian-Universalist Church on Fannin Street at Southmore in the Houston Museum District.  They play excerpts from their all-Czech program in the Geary Performance. Listen. Download.

Buck Ross
is the director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. He produced and stage-directed the Southeast Texas première production of Ricky Ian Gordon's opera, The Grapes of Wrath, based on the John Steinbeck novel. It opens this evening at 7:30 in the U-H Moores Opera House. Ross is joined by composer Ricky Ian Gordon for a conversation with KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen. Download.