The Front Row, Friday, 11/13/2009

Music Director Hans Graf, Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell and piano soloist Jeffrey Kahane (pictured) discuss this weekend's Houston Symphony program, which includes two orchestral works by Rachmaninoff and Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22. We also have members of the Apollo Chamber Players in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview of their all-American chamber music concert...
To open this weekend's Houston Symphony concerts, Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell conducts Sergei Rachmaninov's youthful Symphonic Poem, The Rock … and to conclude the program, Music Director Hans Graf leads the Orchestra in a reading of the same composer's First Symphony. In between, guest artist Jeffrey Kahane is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22. There are performances, tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:30PM in Jones Hall. KUHF's Dean Dalton chats with the Maestri about this weekend's performances. Listen Download

Chris Johnson hosts a preview session from KUHF's Geary Performance Studio featuring members of  The Apollo Chamber Players. The ACP present New Sounds for a New World, the second of this season's recitals exploring the ways in which composers of a particular geographical region have been influenced by their culture's folk-music traditions. The Players perform their all-American program, tomorrow evening at 7:00PM at Bethany Christian Church on Westheimer. Listen Download

Allen Hightower, the Artistic Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, speaks with KUHF's Catherine Lu. The Masterworks Chorus celebrates Franz Joseph Haydn and his music, in this year that marks the 200th anniversary of the composer's death, with a program that includes Haydn's Te Deum and his Missa in Angustiis – the Mass in Troubled Times, also known as the Lord Nelson Mass. There is one performance. It's tomorrow night at 7:30PM at Grace Presbyterian Church. Listen Download