The Front Row, Thursday, 06/04/2009

French-born conductor Pascal Verrot talks about his love of the music of his countrymen, Albert Roussel and Henri Dutilleux, which he's programmed for this Saturday's opening orchestral concert at the 39th International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas. We also have a performance by four of the Houston Symphony's first-chair section leaders who will be gathered together in our studio as the Restoration Chamber Players...
Pascal Verrot is the Music Director of France's Orchestra of Picardy and will guest conduct the 2009 incarnation of the Texas Festival Orchestra in its inaugural concert … an all-French program featuring Albert Roussel's ballet music, Bacchus et Ariane, and Henri Dutilleux's Cello Concerto, with Emilio Colón as the soloist. The program represents the opening of the season on the 39th International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Verrot chats with KUHF's Catherine Lu. Listen. Download.

The Galveston Historical Foundation presents Heroic Gratitude, the last program in its inaugural season of Restoration Chamber Music recitals. It's Sunday evening at 7:00PM in the 150 year-old Saint Joseph's Church, on Avenue K at 22nd Street on Galveston Island. Houston Symphony principal players, Eric Halen and Jennifer Owen, violins … Wayne Brooks, viola … and Brinton Averil Smith, cello … perform the String Quartet Number Fifteen by Ludwig van Beethoven, subtitled, "Holy Song of Thanksgiving." Tickets will be available at the door. The Restoration Chamer Players preview their upcoming performance in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen. Download.



This past season's Resident Studio Artists at Houston's Lawndale Art Center, Amber Eagle, Kevin Curry and El Franco Lee II, speak with KUHF's Meghan Hendley in Lawndale's Main Floor Gallery, where they showed her samples of the work they've produced over the nine-month-long duration of their just-concluded residencies at the Center. The exhibition, Round 3 through Saturday, June 13th at the Lawndale Art Center. Listen. Download.