The Front Row, Monday, 11/16/2009

Today, we head out on Houston's freeways with New York artist Karyn Olivier to look at the billboards that she has transformed into "windows on the world" by mounting on them large-scale photographs of the landscapes and architectural features that lie behind the advertising boards. Then we hear portions of the pieces that U-H student composers, Paul Wadle and Joel Love, created to serve as soundtracks for Ms. Olivier's billboard images...
In her largest public art project to date, Inbound: Houston, artist Karen Olivier has created 13 "windows on the world" by mounting large scale-photographic images on billboards around Houston. The pictures are of what WOULD/COULD be seen if those billboards weren't there. She set out for a drive around town with KUHF's Bob Stevenson so she could show him her work. This multimedia project is a presentation of the Mitchell Center for the Performing Arts. Listen Download                   > click here to download the podcast.

In addition to the billboards, Karen Olivier has invited musicians from the Moores School of Music to compose original "soundtracks" for each of the bill boards. Those piece are available for download and will be premiered in a live concert this evening in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston. Rob Smith directs the AURA Contemporary Music Ensemble and will conduct. Ms. Olivier has also created video images which will be seen along with the music this evening. She, Rob Smith and two of the student composers chat with Bob Stevenson about the concert. Listen Download

Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, speaks wth KUHF's St. John Flynn about his latest novel, The Museum of Innocence. Mr.Pamuk is currently a Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he teaches comparative literature and writing.  He'll read from his latest work tonight at 7:00PM at the Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall, in a special event presented by Inprint and the Brazos Bookstore. Listen Download

The turn-of-the-17th Century Italian physicist and astronomer, Galileo Galilei, came from a musical family. His father and brother were both composers, and Galileo was a lute player, a skill that led him to one of his most important scientific discoveries: the formulation of his Law of Falling Bodies. Divas World Productions' Song Salon Series presents Galileo's Muse, a program that explores this true Renaissance Man's musical and scientific interests – and the cross-fertilization between the two – tomorrow evening in Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Divas World Productions Assistant Artistic Director, pianist Rodney Waters, and cellist Benjamin Wolff, the curator of the Galileo's Muse lecture-recital, talk about it with KUHF's Chris Johnson. Listen Download