The Front Row, 06/29/2006
June 29, 2006 5:06:00 am
The 36th annual International Festival-Institute at Round Top is in the midst of it's fourth week of activities and the capstone of this weekend's concerts is Saturday night's performance of three major symphonic works of the 20th Century. Edwin Outwater will conduct the Texas Festival Orhcestra in John Adam's The Chairman Dances, Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto and Witold Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra. Outwater stopped by the studios and talked about the music and his burgeoning career with Afternoon Concert host Chris Johnson. Audio here.
As it turns out, Outwater is a graduate of Harvard University where he recieved a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. Johnson and Outwater also talked about that experience and the experience of working with similarly taleted youngsters in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, where Outwater held the post of Music Director untill last year. You can hear that portion of the interview here.
You can also hear an excerpt from a rehearsal at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco with Outwater and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. The excerpt is taken from a pilot project featuring the best of American Youth Orchestras which was co-produced by KUHF's Todd Hulslander and Chris Johnson. The program was created last year and has not yet been broadcast. Your only access to it is right here. The voices in the excerpt are that of host Chris Johnson and Edwin Outwater.
Houston's Dionysus Theatre Troupe is an 8 year old company that provides theatrical experiences for disabled, disadvantaged and chronically-ill, as well as able bodied actors, presenting works that speak to the struggles of the disabled as they seek to gain acceptance and understanding in main stream society. The company's summer show for 2006 is a musical that played off-Broadway ten years ago and was nominated for 8 Drama Desk Awards. Violet is the story of a young woman from Appalachia whose face was severly disfigured in an accident when she was 13. She leaves home 12 years later, 1964, and travels accross the South during those early days of the Civil Rights Era, in search of healing. In Dionysus Theatre's production of the piece, Lori Evans, a disabled member of the troupe's resident company, portrays Violet as a 13 year old; able bodied actress-singer Lisa Marie Daugherty play the adult Violet. They, two other members of the production team, and Director Deborah Nowinski talked about the show with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Audio here.
It's certainly striking for a government building. The new Federal Reserve Bank on Allen Parkway features decorative but clearly non-fuinctional pillars in front. . . red walls criss-crossed by a grid pattern that makes it look as if the building is constructed of gigantic bricks. . .and a sculpture of a dive-bombing American Eagle, all rendered in the simplified lines of post-modern design. KUHF's Dean Dalton took a look at the building with UH Architecture Professor Tom Diehl and talked with him about the how well-concieved (or not) the building actually is. Audio here.