The Front Row, Friday, 04/10/2009

Today, we feature live performance by Relâche, an internationally-renowned contemporary-music ensemble from Philadelphia. Relâche performs The Misbehaving Octet by Mexican composer, Arturo Márquez, previewing their Syzygy, New Music at Rice concert tonight at the Shepherd School of Music...
Poet Tony Hoagland teaches in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He's the author of three volumes of poetry, Sweet Ruin Donkey Gospel … and What Narcissism Means to Me … and an acclaimed collection of essays about poetry titled Real Sofistakashun. He speaks with TFR host St. John Flynn and reads some of his own pieces in honor of  National Poetry Month. Listen. Download.

Tonight at 8:00PM in the Shepherd School of Music's Duncan Recital Hall … the Syzygy: New Music at Rice concert series presents the Philadelphia-based contemporary-music ensemble, Relâche, in their program, Downtown Is Back, in which they'll perform Octeto Malango – The Misbehaving Octet, by Mexican composer, Arturo Márquez … and recent works by a bunch of composers with one-syllable last names, including Phillip Glass, David Lang and John King. Admission is free. The preview their concert in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen. Download.

In the DiverseWorks art space, TFR Producer Bob Stevenson chats with curator Janet Phelps, and with Jeanine Olsen and Nina Katchadourian, two of the seven artists working in various disciplines who have contributed installations to the exhibition, Solution. It's on view for another week, through Saturday, April Eighteenth, in the DiverseWorks art space. Listen.Download.