October 7, 2009 9:43 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 04/25/2009
Today, concert pianist and Houston native, Richard Dowling, sits down at the KUHF Steinway Grand to perform selections from the recital he’ll present Friday night with cellist Evan Drachman, who happens to be the grandson of legendary cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky. We also preview this weekend’s Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, as we chat with one of the participating artists and Jerome Vielman of the Houston Arts Alliance, who tells us about some of the local music and dance ensembles that will be performing on the Festival stage...
October 6, 2009 9:29 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 10/06/2009
Former Houston Ballet Principal Dancer, Sandra Organ, talks about her piece, Si Se Puede! – Yes, We Can! – inspired by the legacy of United Farm Workers organizer, César Chávez – which Ms. Organ’s Dance Company will perform later this week at Talento Bilingüe de Houston. We also chat with Raphael Rubinstein, Contributing Editor of the periodical, Art in America, who talks about the tradition of poets’ taking their inspiration from works of visual art. That’s the topic of Mr. Raphael’s Distinguished Critics Lecture, to be presented by Art Lies magazine, this evening at the Menil Collection
October 6, 2009 9:08 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 10/05/2009
We talk with Houston Symphony Assistant Conductor, Brett Mitchell, and University of Houston Creative Writing Program faculty author, Mat Johnson, about the first Musiqa concert of the season, Critical Moments, a program of new music and prose pieces that relate to significant events in modern cultural and social history...
October 2, 2009 8:41 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 10/02/2009
AURA - The Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Moores School of Music perform for us today. Together with director, Rob Smith, guest pianist Melvin Chen and award-winning composer, Joan Tower, the AURA musicians play Dr. Tower’s Dumbarton Quintet, in conjunction with the Moores School's three-day Joan Tower Festival, Damaged Romanticism: Recovered, being presented a year after it was pre-empted by Hurricane Ike, in celebration of the eminent composer’s 70th birthday. We also talk with Samuel Rhodes, violist of the venerable Julliard Quartet...
October 1, 2009 8:54 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 10/01/2009
Today, we have a live performance by Artistic Director and pianist, Keith Weber (pictured), soprano Stacy Weber and tenor Michael Kelly previewing the 3rd annual Concert for Peace, to be presented Saturday evening at Houston’s Saint Philip Presbyterian Church by Grace Song, Inc. We also chat with Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director, Eileen J. Morris, and two of members of her acting company talk about Seven Guitars, this year’s offering of one of the “Pittsburgh Plays” by the late August Wilson...
October 1, 2009 8:30 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 09/30/2009
Louis Langrée chats about this week’s Houston Symphony concerts, which feature him conducting Joseph Haydn’s “London” Symphony, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s great Ninth Symphony, with its choral “Ode to Joy.”. We also have a studio performance by musicians from the Divergence Vocal Theater! Company members treat us to a preview of Autumn Spectre, an evening of seasonal art songs and piano, harp and sitar pieces with film, Butoh-inspired dance, spoken text and shadow-puppetry...
September 29, 2009 8:33 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 09/29/2009
Maestro Larry Rachleff talks about the season-opening concerts by the Shepherd School Symphony and Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, both of which he will conduct this weekend at Rice University. And we meet Obie-Award-winning playwright and director, Ain Gordon, and Tony-Award-nominated actress, Veanne Cox, the lone cast member of Mr. Gordon’s latest theatrical performance-piece, A Disaster Begins, in which a woman recalls her experience of the decimation of Galveston Island by the Hurricane of 1900...
September 28, 2009 8:44 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 09/28/2009
This Saturday, the Houston Chamber Choir opens its 2009-2010 concert season with a program called Beyond the Battle Royal: Renaissance Music of England and Spain. It features glorious 16th Century a cappella works for voices by England’s William Byrd and Spain’s Tomás Luis de Victoria. Today on our program, the Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director, Robert Simpson, joins us to preview Saturday’s concert and, in fact, the ensemble’s entire season. We also hear performances of pieces by Byrd and Victoria from earlier HCChoir concerts...
September 25, 2009 8:22 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 09/25/2009
Grammy-nominated classical guitarist Paul Galbraith sits down with his unique eight-string “Brahms” guitar – played vertically, like a cello – to treat us to selections from the recital he’s presenting tomorrow evening at Emerson Unitarian-Universalist Church, kicking off Guitar Houston’s 2009-2010 concert season...
September 24, 2009 9:06 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 09/24/2009
Music Director Hans Graf chats about the Houston Symphony’s North American premiere of Der Rosenkavalier – Film and Music, a screening of the 1925 silent movie that was lost for decades which is now united with a live performance of Richard Strauss’ score for the film, adapted from his opera that, in turn, inspired the movie...
September 24, 2009 8:45 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 09/23/2009
Today, Artistic Director, Stanton Welch, and Twyla Tharp Ballet Mistress, Elaine Kudo, give us a preview of Houston Ballet’s Fall Mixed-Repertory program, Without Boundaries, which includes Twyla Tharp’s signature work, In the Upper Room and the World Première of Mr. Welch’s newest piece, Elements...
September 18, 2009 8:39 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 09/18/2009
Music Director Hans Graf and piano soloist, Ingrid Fliter (pictured) talk about the pieces by William Schuman, Frédéric Chopin and Piotr Tchaikovsky that they and the Houston Symphony are presenting on the Orchestra’s first Classical Series Subscription Concerts of the year, one of which took place last night and which continue with two more performances, tomorrow and Sunday at Jones Hall...
September 17, 2009 9:15 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 09/17/2009
Pianist Tali Morgulis (pictured), sits down at the KUHF Steinway to play selections from her Sunday concert at the UH Moores Opera House. And, we hear romantic chamber music, performed by an all-star ensemble of artist-teachers from Rice University!
September 17, 2009 8:54 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 09/16/2009
MFAH Curator Alison de Lima Greene and film-maker Megumi Sasaki discuss Ms. Sasaki’s documentary, Extraordinary Collectors, Ordinary Means – it’s the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel (pictured), a middle-class couple who have consigned half of their family income over the past forty-five years to the amassing of a world-class collection of contemporary art. Portions of the film will be screened tomorrow evening as this month’s Artful Thursday program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston...
September 15, 2009 9:07 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 09/15/2009
KUHF's Chris Johnson chats with Clive Greensmith, the cellist with the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet. They discuss the music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Haydn that make up the opening program of the ensembles 40th Anniversary season and the 49th season of performances for Houston Friends of Music...
September 14, 2009 9:27 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 09/14/2009
We speak with New York artist, Jill Moser, who has stepped away from her painter’s easel to produce Sixteen Street, a collection of new works on paper, currently on view at Wade Wilson ART. We also head over to the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, where artist Jon Pylypchuk shows us a ten-year survey of his paintings, drawings and sculptural pieces...
September 11, 2009 8:28 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 09/11/2009
Russian-born Houston pianist Zoya Shuhatovich plays some of the keyboard preludes of Dmitri Shostakovich, previewing the recital she’ll give Monday evening at Houston’s Russian Cultural Center. We also meet singer-actors Emily Padgett and Eric Schneider, who play the uncertain high-school lovers, Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, in the new national tour of the Broadway musical, Grease, currently being presented at Houston’s Hobby Center by Theatre Under The Stars...
September 10, 2009 9:24 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 09/10/2009
Shepherd School of Music faculty pianist, Brian Connelly, tells us about the first of this year’s Music in Context period-instruments recitals, focusing on Piano Trios by the man who more-or-less invented the genre, Franz Joseph Haydn. We also speak with members of the creative team from one of the city’s newest theatrical companies, Doorman Actors Lab, whose inaugural production is Maria Irene Fornes’s dark drama, Mud. . . .
September 9, 2009 8:52 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 09/09/2009
Craft-artist Omar Angel Perez gratefully acknowledges the indignities, expense and even physical pain women endure in order to be fashionable. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft currently has on display the latest of Mr. Perez’s Stilett“O”s … exquisitely crafted … outrageously stylish … but also extremely dangerous high-heeled women’s shoes – made out of layered wood and decorated with such pain-inducing accents as barbed wire and band-saw blades!
September 8, 2009 9:51 pm
Da Camera Podcast: Chiara String Quartet at The Menil Collection
This podcast features an excerpt from the April 2009 concert by
the Chiara String Quartet at The Menil Collection.
Lavenda's quintet, Thoughts Fly, is performed by the Chiara String Quartet
and cellist Norman Fischer.
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September 8, 2009 8:56 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 09/08/2009
Houston’s 2009-2010 arts season gets underway this week with the first performances of the new year by two
of the city’s major arts organizations. Dancers Sara Webb (pictured) and Joseph Walsh talk about their leading roles in Houston Ballet’s season-opening production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s choreographic version of Manon. And, Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf previews the orchestra’s Opening Night program of works by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Holst...
September 8, 2009 8:26 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 09/07/2009
Today, in celebration of Labor Day, that most American of holidays, we present that most American of musicians: fiddler, violinist and composer, Mark O’Connor (pictured with Chris Johnson). He talks about the results of his recent labors: a brand-new recording of his 2nd and 3rd String Quartets, which continue his experiments in fusing bluegrass, country, and old-timey string-band styles with classical forms … And we hear portions of Mister O’Connor’s latest musical creations...
September 4, 2009 8:39 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 09/04/2009
Today, it is our honor to present one of Iran’s most respected – and controversial -- artists. Poet, singer and composer, Parvaz Homay, and his Mastan Ensemble join us in KUHF’s George Geary Studio to perform some of Homay’s original songs of the spirit and of the people that have gotten him in trouble with Islamic authorities back home in Iran...
September 3, 2009 8:53 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 09/03/2009
We journey to Latin America as we hear music from 17th and 18th Century Mexico, performed by the Mexican vocal ensemble, Voz en Punto, who join instrumentalists from the Houston-based early-music ensemble, Mercury Baroque in our studio and Saturday night at Miller Outdoor Theatre for a program called Fiesta Mexicana Barroca...
September 2, 2009 8:51 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 09/02/2009
We feature studio performances of keyboard works by Chopin and Ravel, played by the two young pianists who will be featured on tomorrow evening’s Save Iva Benefit Concert at Houston Baptist University – it’s a musical fund-raiser for Iva Milenkovic, a young Macedonian woman who is being treated by doctors from Houston’s M. D. Anderson Center for a rare and aggressive form of cancer...
September 1, 2009 8:59 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 09/01/2009
Today, in KUHF’s George Geary Performance Studio, Gerald Elias, the Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, plays two of the solo violin pieces that are integral to the plot of his new mystery novel, Devil’s Trill. Mr. Elias also talks about his dark tale of manipulation and mayhem in the world of classical music with KUHF's Chris Johnson...
August 31, 2009 8:47 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 08/31/2009
Today, we preview the Houston Friends of Music’s upcoming series of recitals by some of the planet’s best chamber ensembles. The organization’s Programming Chairman Daniel Musher talks about the internationally-acclaimed groups that will appear in Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall during the months to come, including the anual season opening concert by the Tokyo String Quartet...
August 28, 2009 9:28 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 08/28/2009
UT Professor of Anthropology, Ward Keeler, talks about the ancient art of Indonesian traditional theater, as we preview The Grand Offering of the Kings, the first Javanese shadow-puppet show ever to be presented in Houston. We also hear from Comedy juggler, Alan Howard, as he tells us about LUMA, the world’s first human light show that combines illumination, dance, magic, acrobatics and high-tech lighting effects in a unique entertainment that plays at Miller Outdoor Theatre tonight and tomorrow night...
August 27, 2009 8:48 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 08/27/2009
Artist James Surls speaks about the history of the Lawndale Art Center, which he founded three decades ago, and which he’ll discuss at greater length in a talk, Lawndale from 1979. And, we look at the latest creations of three of the Houston-based visual artists whose most recent work is included in Lawndale’s 30th-Anniversary Exhibition...
August 26, 2009 8:33 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 08/26/2009
Writer Elliot Tiber remembers Woodstock on this 40th Anniversary of history’s most famous rock concert! Mister Tiber recalls how his intervention literally saved the festival from being cancelled, as detailed in his memoir, Taking Woodstock, which inspired director Ang Lee’s new film of the same name...