The Front Row, Friday, 10/30/2009

Violist, Jonah Sirota of the Chiara String Quartet, talks about the young ensemble's Beethoven in Bars tours, during which the Quartet plays full-classical programs in various alternative performance spaces -- including Houston's Avant Garden. We also hear from the Indigo Trio: pianist, Zoya Shuhatovich, and two of her colleagues from the Saint Petersburg String Quartet. They're presenting a free recital of Piano Trios Sunday afternoon at the Dowling Music retail store...
KUHF's Chris Johnson speaks with Jonah Sirota, Shepherd School of Music graduate and violist with the Chiara String Quartet. Their conversation took place in Jonah's Houston hotel room last April when the Chiaras were in town to participate in a Da Camera recital at the Menil Collection. The Chiara String Quartet's current Beethoven In Bars Tour brings them back to the Bayou City for an early Halloween performance, tomorrow evening at 6:30PM at the alternative performance space, Avant Garden. Listen Download

The Indigo Trio – Houston pianist Zoya Shuhatovich, and her colleagues from the Saint Petersburg String Quartet: violinist Alla Aranovskaya and violist Boris Vayner, perform Piano Trios by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Shostakovich, in a free program to be presented Sunday afternoon at Four-Fifteen in the Recital Room at the Dowling Music retail store. KUHF's St. John Flynn hosts a preview session in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio. Listen Download

Former Crescent City visual artist, Michael Crowder, speaks with KUHF's Meghan Hendley in his studio here in Houston. L'heure bleue -- The Blue Hour, Mr. Crowder's latest installation of fused-glass and mixed-media sculptural objects, is on display through November 15th at Wade Wilson ART. Listen Download