The Front Row, Tuesday, 08/18/2009

Bayou City's nationally-acclaimed pianist, Cliburn Competition broadcast host, and musical entrepreneur, Jade Simmons, previews the recital she'll present this weekend at the Wade Wilson Art Gallery. It's a unique program in which Jade juxtaposes the solo piano pieces of the idiosyncratic Russian composer, Alexander Scriabin, with the equally innovative visual art of Scriabin's contemporary, Wassily Kandinsky...
Aurelie Desmarais is the person who, in consultation with Music Director Hans Graf, selects the repertoire for the Houston Symphony's Classical Series concerts.  The Symphony is one of the nine major downtown performing-arts groups that will host the 16th annual Houston Theater District Open House on Sunday, August 30th, from 12 until 4 PM.  The Grand Finale of the Open House will be a free performance by the Symphony at Jones Hall at Four O'Clock, when Associate Conductor Robert Franz and the Orchestra play portions of works that will be included complete on Classical Series, Pops and Family concerts during the coming season. Demarais chats about the upcoming season with KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download Extended Interview

Pianist Jade Simmons presents the Houston première of her lecture-recital, Scriabin and Kandinsky: Hearing Color, Seeing Sound, this Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00PM at the Wade Wilson Art Gallery on Montrose Boulevard. Jade sits down at the KUHF Steinway to offer a preview of her recital in a session hosted by KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download