The Front Row, 07/31/2006

Ted Libbey
Today, we talk with the former curator of the NPR Basic Record Library, Ted Libbey, about his new book -- eleven years in the making - The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music We also tour the Contemporary Arts Museum's 152nd Perspectives exhibition, Four Artists, Four Stories. . .

The Houstonian Hotel, Club and SpaThis month, KUHF Radio has been running an on-line raffle in which the grand prize is a Luxury Weekend for Two, including accommodations, meals and massages at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa; tickets and limousine service to a Houston Symphony concert at Jones Hall, and two table-top High-Definition digital radios … the prize package having an approximate retail value of two-thousand dollars. The Houstonian's Mark Lupton joined KUHF's Dean Dalton and picked  Miriam Edelman as the lucky winner.  Audio here.  

The NPR Listeners Encyclopedia of Classical MusicTed Libbey began his career right out of graduate school as a music critic, first for The Washington Star, and then, for four years, for The New York Times.  He was also a program annotator for various musical organizations, wrote the official history of Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra, and served as editor of High Fidelity and Musical America magazines.  Nowadays, he reviews books for The Washington Post, and, since September, 2002, he has been the Director of Media Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts, making grants for arts-focused film, radio and television projects.  Ted Libbey is best known to public radio listeners, however, for his fourteen-year stint as the curator of the Performance Today Basic Record Library.  Each week, on the network's daily classical-music show, he would recommend a piece he felt that, because of its greatness or its significance, should be included in the record collection of every new and seasoned classical-music fan.  Although that series ended four years ago, Mister Libbey still has a relationship with National Public Radio, and, after eleven years of research and writing, he has published a new book, The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music.  He spoke about it by phone from his home in Rockville, Maryland, with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Audio here.  

Contemporary Arts Museum HoustonFor over a quarter of a century, the Perspectives series of exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has presented to the public the first major-museum showings of work by emerging artists.  The current Perspectives exhibition, Number 152, in fact features pieces in four different media by a quartet of young Houston-based visual artists, all of whom received their M-F-A degrees from the University of Houston.  Four Artists, Four Stories includes Michael Bise's drawings of domestic settings; Darryl Lauster's sculptural re-creations of historical decorative arts; Janaki Lennie's painted city horizons; and Soody Sharifi's photographs of neighborhoods and communities, including some in her native Iran.  At "The CAM," KUHF's Alison Young spoke with the two women whose work is on display, beginning with Janaki Lennie. Audio here.