The Front Row, Thursday, 09/10/2009

Shepherd School of Music faculty pianist, Brian Connelly, tells us about the first of this year's Music in Context period-instruments recitals, focusing on Piano Trios by the man who more-or-less invented the genre, Franz Joseph Haydn. We also speak with members of the creative team from one of the city's newest theatrical companies, Doorman Actors Lab, whose inaugural production is Maria Irene Fornes's dark drama, Mud. . . .
Shepherd School of Music faculty pianist, Brian Connelly, will be joined by his Rice University colleague, violinist Sergiu Luca, the founder of the Context chamber-music series and Allen Whear, Associate Principal Cellist of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, as they play Piano Trios by Joseph Haydn on the first of this season's Context concerts, Sunday afternoon at 4:ooPM in the Shepherd School's Duncan Recital Hall. Connelly chats with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson about the concert and about Haydn's music. Listen  Download

Lydia Lara and Will Morgan are the founders – and Will is the Artistic Director – of Doorman Actors Lab, Houston's newest theater troupe. They play the two impoverished characters, Mae and Lloyd, respectively, in their company's inaugural production, Mud, by Maria Irene Fornes, which has been directed for the stage by our other guest, Liz Lacy. There are four remaining performances: tonight through Saturday at 8:00PM, and Sunday afternoon at 2:00PM at the Midtown Arts Cente. Lara and Morgan discuss their new venture with KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download

KUHF's Meghan Hendley speaks with painter, sculptor, illustrator, production-designer, art-director and puppet-maker, Wayne White, at the Rice University Gallery, where Mr. White's first-ever site-specific installation, Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep – a tribute to country singer, George Jones – opens to the public this evening between 5:00PM and 7:00PM. Wayne White will be there tonight, and he'll give a talk about the piece in the space tomorrow at 12:00PM. Listen  Download  Extended Interview

Donald Harrison, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, spoke with KUHF's Bob Stevenson by phone from his office in Michigan.  Saturday night at 8:00PM at the Frenetic Theater the Aurora Picture Show presents a 90-minute program featuring seven of the best avant-garde, underground, and experimental films and videos chosen from the 2000 that were submitted to this year's 47th annual Ann Arbor Festival by visual artists worldwide. Harrison talks with Bob Stevenson about this year's entries. Listen  Download  Extended Interview