The Front Row, Friday, 09/07/2009

Today, in celebration of Labor Day, that most American of holidays, we present that most American of musicians: fiddler, violinist and composer, Mark O'Connor (pictured with Chris Johnson). He talks about the results of his recent labors: a brand-new recording of his 2nd and 3rd String Quartets, which continue his experiments in fusing bluegrass, country, and old-timey string-band styles with classical forms … And we hear portions of Mister O'Connor's latest musical creations...

KUHF's Bob Stevenson speaks with Houston-born, Brooklyn-based visual artist, Jason Villegas, about the soft sculptures, videos and self-portraits currently on view in his Perspectives exhibition, Invasive Species, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Listen Download  Extended Interview

KUHF's Chris Johnson speaks by phone with fiddler, violinist, composer and country-and-classical-music fusion pioneer, Mark O'Connor, about the new recording of Mister O'Connor's String Quartets Numbers Two and Three, "Bluegrass" and "Old-Time," respectively … featuring himself … violinist Ida Kavafian … violist, Paul Neubauer … and cellist Matt Haimovitz. The disc is available on Mister O'Connor's own label, OMAC Records. Listen Download

Poet Rich Levy is Executive Director of Inprint, Incorporated, the organization that presents the nation's most important writers on its Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. He chats with St. John Flynn about the upcoming season of readings.The first program is two weeks from tonight at the Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall and features PEN-Faulkner-Award-winner, Joseph O'Neill, sharing excerpts from his latest novel, Netherland and Pulitzer-Prize-winner, Marilynne Robinson, reading from her 2008 novel, Home. Inprint offers season subscriptions for its Brown Reading series. You can call them at 713-524-2026. Listen Download