The Front Row, Tuesday, 03/10/2009

Today, composer John Williams speaks with us -- not about his film scores — but about two of his concert pieces, his Celebration Fanfare and his Horn Concerto… which soloist William VerMeulen, guest conductor Peter Oundjian and the Houston Symphony perform this weekend on Classical Series concerts at Jones Hall...
Composer John Williams, speaks by phone from his office in Los Angeles with KUHF's Dean Dalton. Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Houston Symphony in performances of Mister Williams's Celebration Fanfare and his Horn Concerto … in Classical Series concerts, Thursday night and Saturday at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:30PM in Jones Hall. The Orchestra's principal horn player, William VerMeulen, is the soloist in the Concerto. Listen. Download.

Jazz pianist Chick Corea, speaksby phone with KUHF's overnight on-air host and in-house jazz maven, Eric Ladau. Corea, with guitarist John McLaughlin and their Five Peace Band: alto saxophonist, Kenny Garrett … bassist Christian McBride … and drummer Brian Blade … play downtown Houston's Verizon Wireless Theater … one show only … tomorrow night at 8:00PM. Listen. Download.

KUHF's Bob Stevenson speaks with actor-singer Anderson Davis, who plays the young romantic lead, Marius, in Theatre Under The Stars' re-imagining of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's musical-theater adaptation of Les Misérables. Davis previews some of the music from the show in teh Geary Performance Studio. Listen. Download.