July 28, 2009 12:00 am
The Front Row, Monday, 07/27/2009
We speak with Texas writer, Amanda Eyre Ward, about her new collection of short fiction, Love Stories in This Town. And, in the company of curator, Kate Bonansinga, we explore the newly-opened exhibition, Unknitting: Challenging Textile Traditions, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft...
July 23, 2009 8:49 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 07/23/2009
And actors from Texas Repertory Theatre get us in the mood to dance the Charleston, as they perform songs from the Tony Award-winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, about a charming small-town girl-turned-flapper who arrives in Manhattan in 1922, looking for a job, a good time, and a rich husband...
July 22, 2009 8:43 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 07/22/2009
Pianist-composer Joseph Messina unveils new ensemble versions of his original works that are included on his inaugural Messina Fest Houston. There will be additional performances throughout the weekend by a varied and eclectic line-up of artists, plus visual art exhibits and food & wine from the city's top restaurants and regional vineyards. Messina talks about the festival and previews some of the music from the Geary Performance Studio...
July 21, 2009 9:59 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 07/21/2009
We stop by the DiverseWorks gallery to look at the exhibition $TIMULUS. It features recent work by the Houston visual artists who received 2008 grant awards from the prestigious Artadia Foundation. We also hear from castmembers from the Masquerade Theatre production of The Producers as the gather in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview session...
July 20, 2009 8:40 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 07/20/2009
we renew our acquaintance with musical-theater veteran, Chuck Wagner. For the past four years, Chuck Wagner has been serving as the ring-master of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and he is the host of the 138th edition of "The Greatest Show on Earth, which is in the middle of a week-and-half-long run at Houston's Reliant Stadium...
July 17, 2009 9:04 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 07/17/2009
We meet award-winning Houston composer, pianist, and Shepherd School of Music alumnus, Randolph Partain. He shares tracks from his new CD, Mysteries, a collection of original contemplative pieces for solo piano...
July 16, 2009 12:00 am
The Front Row, Thursday, 07/16/2009
Today, we meet Houston singer, composer and pianist, Jennifer Grassman, who performs live for us! Ms. Grassman, a former student of the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, is making a name for herself as a creator of passionate and fanciful songs, whose lyrics are often inspired by classic literature, including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Tolkien … and whose melodies soar to ethereal heights...
July 15, 2009 8:33 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 07/15/2009
Today, We descend to the catacombs underneath the Paris Opera House to revisit the tragic love story of The Phantom of the Opera! Actor Tim Martin Gleason talks about playing the title role of the mysterious and physically and psychologically disfigured genius, in the national-touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical, currently on-stage at the Hobby Center...
July 15, 2009 6:12 pm
Da Camera Podcast: Brentano String Quartet: Poetry and Music, Immigrants and Exiles
This podcast features excerpts from the February 2009 concert, Brentano String Quartet: Poetry and Music, Immigrants and Exiles. The performers are the Brentano String Quartet; baritone Leon Williams and pianists Sarah Rothenberg and Rodney Waters.
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July 14, 2009 8:55 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 07/14/2009
We look at recent paintings -- equally colorful, but totally different, in terms of subject matter and consciousness – by Texas artists, Jon Von Letscher (pictured) and Jane Eifler, on view at the McMurtrey Gallery, one of the numerous Bayou City art spaces that participated in last weekend's ArtHouston Art Walk...
July 13, 2009 9:15 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 07/13/2009
Castmembers from the current Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of The Pirates of Penzance join us in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio for a live introduction to their show, which opens this coming weekend at the Wortham Center. We also chat with best-selling novelist David Liss, about his latest historical thriller, The Devil's Company...
July 10, 2009 8:36 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 07/10/2009
Chanteuse Deborah Boily has been purveying the refined art of cabaret – with concentration on her specialty: sophisticated French love songs from the mid 20th Century -- here in her home town … around the country … and in Europe … for a number of years. Today, on our program, she and four of her musical friends preview their all-new cabaret production, Seasons in the Sun: A Celebration of Jacques Brel, which opens a four-weekend run at Ovations – tonight...
July 9, 2009 8:47 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 04/28/2009
Today, we offer a preview of this Saturday's final orchestral concert at the 39th annual International Festival-Institute at Round Top. We speak with guest conductor Grant Llewellyn, who will lead the Texas Festival Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, with Festival-Institute founder, James Dick, as the soloist … and Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" Symphony...
July 8, 2009 8:46 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 07/08/2009
We share "laughter through tears," as Stage Director Lee Walker of the A.D. Players and three of his cast-members chat about the company's production of the heart-warming and hopeful Southern comedy-drama, Steel Magnolias. And, we head over to Miller Outdoor Theatre to catch actor Austin Miller between rehearsals for 42nd Street, this summer's musical offering from Theatre Under The Stars...
July 7, 2009 8:36 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 07/07/2009
Today, two-thirds of the faculty-artists from this year's American Festival for the Arts gather in KUHF's George Geary Performance Studio to play music of Samuel Barber … previewing the concert they and the high-school aged musicians of the 2009 A-F-A Conservatory Orchestra will give tonight at the Wortham Center...
July 6, 2009 9:30 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 07/03/2009
It's our annual all-American celebration of Independence Day! We bring you two studio performances. The Paragon Brass Ensemble treats us to Sousa Marches, Brass Band Music, and Americana from the early 20th Century … and The Blue Gnus loosen things up with home-grown Jazz from the 20's and 30's...
July 2, 2009 8:04 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 07/02/2009
Renowned concert violinist Elmar Oliveira, innovative conductor Barry Jekowsky and award-winning composer Christopher Theofanidis, chat with KUHF's Chris Johnson about the final concert of the 2009 Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston! The all-American program features Mr. Oliveira as soloist in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto … and the Texas Première of a new Symphony by Mister Theofanidis, co-commissioned by the Festival...
July 1, 2009 9:11 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 07/01/2009
Today, we focus our attention on the Lone Star State's most highly-regarded summer training camp for pre-professional musicians, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. We chat with the bright, young Canadian conductor, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, who has returned to central Texas to conduct this Saturday's orchestral concert on Festival Hill, a pairing of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra …
June 30, 2009 8:34 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 06/30/2009
Consider this: What if the women of the Salem witchcraft trials really were witches? What if the magic were real? Former Houstonian and author Katherine Howe, whose own ancestors were tried in Salem in 1692, built her debut novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, around those questions. Ms. Howe talks with us about her new thriller, in advance of her in-store appearance this evening at the Blue Willow Bookshop...
June 29, 2009 8:36 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 06/29/2009
We have two studio performances on today's show – both of them related to this year's Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. Guitarists Jonathan Dotson and Austin Moorhead are faculty-artists at this year's "Classical Minds" Guitar Institute and then seven of the veteran musicians who are coaching the young artists enrolled in this summer's TMF orchestral program play portions of Beethoven's Septet for Winds and Strings...
June 26, 2009 8:48 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 06/26/2009
American Festival for the Arts faculty member, pianist Rodolfo Morales, sits down at the KUHF Steinway to play Liszt for us! Joining him in conversation with us are AFA Executive and Artistic Director Michael Remson and two more AFA faculty artists, Utah Symphony first violinists, Barbara Scowcroft and her husband, Ralph Matson...
June 25, 2009 9:33 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 06/25/2009
Houston Symphony Associate Conductor, Robert Franz … Assistant Conductor, Brett Mitchell … and piano soloist, Roberto Plano, talk about this weekend's Summer Symphony Nights concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre, which feature Mister Plano in Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto tomorrow evening … and the Second-Prize-winner of the recent Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition – Hee-Young Lim – in the Elgar Cello Concerto on Saturday night…
June 16, 2009 5:31 pm
Da Camera Podcast: Zhou Long's The Farewell and Mahler's Der Abschied
This concert podcast features two works from Da Camera's January 2009 concert, Songs of the Earth. The artists participating in these January 2009 performances were soprano Susanne Mentzer, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa; Wang Guowei, erhu and a Da Camera Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gregory Vajda. Click on Read More for a complete list of the artists.
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June 15, 2009 9:31 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 06/15/2009
Actors Branden Hearnsberger and Jeffrey Bean talk about the roles they play in the Alley Theatre's production of The Farnsworth Invention, the true story of the creation of the electronic television system we still use today by Philo T. Farnsworth (pictured
June 12, 2009 7:59 pm
Da Camera Podcast: episode number four
partnership with Houston's Da Camera- features Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, performed by the outstanding ensemble of David Shifrin, clarinet; Vera Beths, violin, Desmond Hoebig, cello and Sarah Rothenberg, piano.
June 10, 2009 8:44 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 06/10/2009
Called "one of the most intriguing painters working today," South African-born artist, Marlene Dumas shows us some of the pieces in Measuring Your Own Grave, a mid-career survey of her work, currently on view at the Menil Collection. Ms. Dumas' images often depict her human subjects at the extreme fringes of life's cycle, from birth to death...
June 8, 2009 9:02 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 06/08/2009
Today, we kick off our coverage of the 20th annual Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, with a live studio performance by one of the Affiliate Artists who serve as faculty for the TMF Jazz Institute. Guitarist Mike Wheeler -- along with the workshop's director, Noe Marmolejo -- give us a preview of the Jazz Project's 2009 concert, which is presented tomorrow night at the University of Houston and Wednesday evening at Texas A&M University in College Station. . . .
June 5, 2009 8:50 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 06/07/2009
Three members of Austin's Golden Hornet Project – including composer and keyboardist Graham Reynolds, perform part of the score they'll play live at Discovery Green tonight, as they accompany KUHF's screening of the 1926 science-fiction silent-film classic, Metropolis. Plus, we hear a performance session with the Texas Guitar Quartet as we look ahead to the 2009 edition of the Classical Minds Guitar Festival at the University of Houston...
June 4, 2009 9:22 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 06/04/2009
French-born conductor Pascal Verrot talks about his love of the music of his countrymen, Albert Roussel and Henri Dutilleux, which he's programmed for this Saturday's opening orchestral concert at the 39th International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas. We also have a performance by four of the Houston Symphony's first-chair section leaders who will be gathered together in our studio as the Restoration Chamber Players...
June 3, 2009 8:56 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 06/03/2009
Today, we focus on the 2009 edition of the annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition as we speak with the manager of the event, Roger Daily, the Houston Symphony's Director of Education and Community Outreach … and with last year's Ima Hogg Competition Gold Medalist, Hungarian cellist, László Mezö...