The Front Row, 06/16/2006

Vagram Saradjian
'Cellist Vagram Saradjian is the soloist in this weekend's offering from the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. He performs a concerto by his fellow countryman Arno Babadjanian. . .

Vagram SaradjianBabadjanian hailed from Armenia and lived from 1921 to 1983. Mr. Saradjian will give the American Premiere of his Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra this Saturday evening at 7:30 in the Moores Opera House. Guest Conductor Valery Polyansky will lead the TMF orchestra for this concert which includes the Symphony No.10 by Dmitri Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke's K(ein) Sommernachtstraum - (Not) A Mid-Summer Night's Dream. Vagram Saradjian stopped in for today's edition of TFR. He was joined by General Director Alan Austin and Pianist Timothy Hester to talked about the concert and to offer a little music by another Armenian composer, Karen Khachaturian. They spoke with KUHF's Chris Johnson. Audio here. 

The Secret GardenAlso in the KUHF Performance Studio this afternoon where cast members from the Main Street Theater production of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic The Secret Garden. It's the story of Mary Lennox, a sickly and inpleasant orphan whose transformation into a healthy, attractive and agreeable child is paralleled by the similar restorations of the reclusive, semi-invalid son of Mary's English guardian, and the abandoned garden of the book's title, which Mary discovers on her guardian's estate and which becomes her magical retreat. Performances are at the company's Chelsea Market facility through July 2nd. TFR Assistant Producer Alison Young hosted today's session. Audio here.

Photo by Valentin GertsmanThe world has mourned the death of Philip Johnson since his passing a year and a half ago. Johnson was the acclaimed, but also controversial architect who was almost single-handedly responsible, through his design of a few, striking, innovative and strategically-located structures, for initiating the post-modern look that we associate with Houston's multiple skylines. His work lives on. . .in it's concrete, steel and glass reality. . . and in pictoral documentation made by Bayou City orthopedic surgeon, sculptor and internationally-recognized architectural photographer, Valentin Gertsman. Dr. Gertsman has just published a limited first edition of 1000 copies of a handsome coffee-table book, a photographic collection titled, Philip Johnson in Houston - Image and Imagination. He autographs copies of it this evening at 7:00 at the Barnes and Noble, 3003 W. Holcombe and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 at the Barnes and Noble on Westheimer. The book is published by Bluebonnets, Boots and Books. Audio here.