The Front Row, Monday, 06/08/2009

Today, we kick off our coverage of the 20th annual Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, with a live studio performance by one of the Affiliate Artists who serve as faculty for the TMF Jazz Institute. Guitarist Mike Wheeler -- along with the workshop's director, Noe Marmolejo -- give us a preview of the Jazz Project's 2009 concert, which is presented tomorrow night at the University of Houston and Wednesday evening at Texas A&M University in College Station. . . .
Managing and Artistic Director James Knapp conducts the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston for the last time, this Saturday at 7:30 in Jones Hall, when the GMCH presents the final concert of its 2008-2009 season: ¡La Perla!, a program of high-spirited selections from Spain and Latin America. Knapp chats with TFR host St. John Flynn. Listen. Download.

Jazz guitarist Mike Wheeler is an Affiliate Artist of the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, and a faculty coach for the School's annual Texas Music Festival Jazz Institute, which continues through this week under the direction of the Moores School's Head of Jazz Ensembles, Noe Marmolejo. The TMF Jazz Project, the all-star big-band made up of the Jazz Institute's professional musician-teachers, opens the Texas Music Festival's weekly Artist Series, with a performance tomorrow night at 7:30PM in the Moores Opera House. Wheeler and Marmolejo join KUHF's Eric Ladau in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview of tomorrow's program. Listen. Download.

Sarah Gish is the author of the 7th annual Summer Book, a directory of Houston area summer camps and workshops which is now available at local bookstores, including Barnes and Noble and Borders. She is joined in the KUHF Studios by Shay Rodgers from Theatre Under the Stars' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and Houston Public Radio's Bob Stevenson for a conversation about what Houston has to offer young people this summer. Listen. Download.