The Front Row, Monday, 10/05/2009

We talk with Houston Symphony Assistant Conductor, Brett Mitchell, and University of Houston Creative Writing Program faculty author, Mat Johnson, about the first Musiqa concert of the season, Critical Moments, a program of new music and prose pieces that relate to significant events in modern cultural and social history...

The contemporary chamber-music society, Musiqa -- in collaboration with Inprint -- opens its season with Critical Moments … an evening of modern literature, film and music led by Houston Symphony Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell … and featuring excerpts from a new work of fiction by novelist Mat Johnson, a faculty member of the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. KUHF's St. John Flynn chats with Mitchell and Johnson about the program. Listen Download

Austin-based independent curator, performance-artist, and art-writer, Rachel Cook, takes  KUHF's Bob Stevenson on a tour of the exhibition she has currated at Diverse Works. "Now that I'm by myself," she said, "I'm not by myself, which is good." features videos – supplemented by still photographs, sculptural cut-outs and drawings -- by Laurel Nakadate, a Texas native now living in New York City … Brian Bress of Los Angeles … Seattle resident, Wayne Greenwood … and Yuki Okumura from Tokyo.  Their work is on view through October 24th. Listen Download  Extended Interview

KUHF's Chris Johnson hosts a performance segment with musicians associated with the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society.  Houston Symphony first violinist, Sophia Silivos; Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestra Principal Cellist, Barrett Sills; and Divas World Productions pianist, Rodney Waters, will perform sonatas, trios and solo keyboard works by Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and Frédéric Chopin.  The program, The Lyrical Romantics, celebrates all three composers' bicentennials … and opens the Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society's 2009-2010 recital season. Listen Download