The Front Row, 07/13/2006
July 13, 2006 5:07:00 am
This Spring and Summer, the Bach Society of Houston at Christ the King Lutheran Church has initiated a new piano-recital series. Known as the Village Concerts the series concludes tomorrow evening with a performance by 23 year old German pianist, Tilmann Loeser, who will pay tribute to his home town of Leipzig by including on his program pieces by some of the famous composers who lived and worked there: Bach, Mendelssohn and the Schumann. The concert is tomorrow evening at 7:30 in the sanctuary of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Mr. Loeser stopped by the KUHF Performance Studio for a live preview session with KUHF's Alison Young. Audio here.
The 36th annual Festival-Institute at Round Top is in its final week of coaching sessions, master classes, rehearsals and performances. For the final orchestral cocnert of the year Canadian born Maestro Charles Olivieri-Munroe will lead the Texas Festival Orchestra in Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture, the Beethoven Emperor Piano Concerto and the Symphony No.5 by Antonin Dvorak. Munroe stopped by KUHF for a converation about the program with KUHF's Chris Johnson. Audio here.
You can find a performance of The Chairman Dances by John Adams performed by the Texas Festival Orchestra under the direction of Edwin Outwater and other excerpts from the KUHF archive of local concert recordings available for podcast by clicking here.
Increasingly over the past 12 years, San-Francisco-born-and-based visual artist Matthew Barney has turned to film as his medium of expression. His best known creative project is the Cremaster Cycle of five abstract, surrealistic films, each of which he has augmented with realated sculptures, drawings and still photographs. Another set of pieces which has occupied Matthew Barney's time and attention since his student days at Yale twenty years ago is the Drawing Restraint series, which explores the ways in which an artist can express his creativity, even within the boundaries of self-imposed and external restrictions and limitations. All of the previous installments of the series have been live performance works, but Number Nine is a feature-length film which will have its local premiere in a week-long run at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In Drawing Restraint 9, Barney, and his real-life partner, Bjork, play two Westerners who are taken aboard a whaling ship afloat in Nagasaki Bay, where they undergo a transformation when they are initiated into the world of traditional Japanese ritual. Marian Luntz is Curator of Film and Video at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She spoke about the film with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Audio here.