The Front Row, 06/30/2006

Stefan Sanderling in rehearsal with the TMF Orchestra
Maestro Stefan Sanderling of the Florida Philharmonic leads the final orchestral concert of the 17th annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestra. . .

Stefan Sanderling conducting the Texas Music Festival OrchestraThe month-long season of performance-enhancing training at the Texas Music Festival comes to a close this Saturday night with the final orchestral concert of the season. Maestro Stefan Sanderling leads the all-German, all-19th Century program, which includes the music of Wagner, Brahms and and Max Bruch. Violinist Lucie Robert will join th orchestra for Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 in g-minor. Mr. Sanderling stopped by the KUHF studios for a conversation with Alison Young.  Audio here.  To take a look a photo album with pictures of Sanderling at work with the TMF Orcherstra click here.

Geraldine Westbrook's Gee's Bend is a small isolated community located on a U-shaped sliver of land on the banks of the Alabama River. Most of the village's 750 residents are the descendents of the slaves brought to the plantation that existed on that site beginning in 1845. Following emancipation, the Freedmen continued to work the land as tennat farmers, and many eventually purchased their farms frmo the federal government in the 1940's. The women of Gee's Bend have been makling quilts for four generations now, utilising whatever materials were available, and taking basic quilt patterns common throughout the South and creating distinctive, personal and innovtive designs that all share a visual vocabulary that is unique to the artists of Gee's Bend. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has assembled a 2nd exhibition of quilts made in the community, selecting 70 pieces, that have never been displayed before, from the Tinwood Alliance, a non-profit foundation that supports African-American folk art. KUHF's Alison Young looked at the quilts with the Museum's Director, Peter Marzio, and on of the quilt-makers whose work is included in the show, Mary Lee Bendolph. Audio here.

Reyna GrandeWhen the father or the mother of a poor Mexican family heads for the border in hopes of finding work and a better life in the United States, what happens to those left behind? In her new, debut novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, writer Reyna Grande imagines on scenario, based on her own experiences. In town recently for a reading, Ms. Grande spoke with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson. Audio here.