The Front Row, 06/23/2006

Rob Smith
Composer Rob Smith is on the composition faculty of the University of Houston's Moores School Music. His new Concerto for Orchestra will premiered tonight in the Woodlands and tomorrow night in the Moores Opera House. . .

Violist Amber Archibald in the KUHF Performance StudioAmber Archilbald is a graduate of both the music schools of Indiana and Rice Universities and is also the winner of the 2006 Texas Music Festival/Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition. She'll be performing a movement of the Viola Concerto by William Walton. Maestro Giuliano Silveri will conduct the concerts which also include the Symphony in d-minor by Cesar Franck. Dr. Smith and Ms. Archibald joined KUHF's Chris Johnson in the Performance Studio for a discussion and preview. Audio here.  

Pianist Orion Weiss trying out the KUHF SteinwayPianist Orion Weiss makes his Houston Symphony debut this weekend at Miller Outdor Theatre in Hermann Park. He'll perform the Piano Concerto No.19 by W.A. Mozart. Christoph Campestrini serves as guest conductor for tonight's concert which features the Brahms Academic Festival Overture and the high-spirited Symphony No.8 by Dvorak. On the verge of a very successful career 24 year old Weiss stoppd by the KUHF studios to talk with TFR Assistant Producer Alison Young.  Audio here.

Michael RemsonThe American Festival for the Arts is the annual, five-week-long summer music institute for musicians of middle and high school age that is in it's 11th season at Houston's Episopal High School and is offering its summer conservatory for string players for the 2nd time this year in Beaumont. Tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 the participants from both campuses will present a joint concert in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston. Executive Director Michael Remson and Guest Conductor Barbara Scowcroft, Music Director and Conductor of the Utah Youth Symphony, talked about the festival and tomorrow's concert with Chris Johnson. Audio here.