April 3, 2008 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Thursday, 4/03/2008
Today we talk with Alley resident actor John Tyson, who stars in and is the lone cast member of Greg Berger's literary mystery Underneath the Lintel. We also hear from Buck Ross and Peter Jacoby, the Moores Opera Center's Dynamic Duo, who tell us about their new production of William Bolcom's opera, A Wedding-based on the Robert Altman movie. Dean Gladden, the Managing Director of the Alley Theatre co-hosts...
April 2, 2008 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 4/02/2008
Today we meet Kwame Ryan, the Musical Director of France's Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra; he will guest conduct this weekend's Houston Symphony Classical Series concerts at Jones Hall. Artistic Director and pianist Keith Weber and his longtime performing colleague, singer-actor Vern Sutton, talk with us about their Friday evening presentation of Façade, the delightfully quirky musical entertainment by English composer William Walton and poet Edith Sitwell. Alecia Lawyer, the founder, Executive Director and Principal Oboe of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra co-hosts...
April 1, 2008 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 4/01/2008
Today we meet actor-singer Kevin Smith Kirkwood who plays Mitch in the Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the off-beat and hilarious Tony-Award-winning musical, whose national tour is currently playing at the Hobby center. Canadian born composer, Sydney Hodkinson, tells us about his two chamber works that will be performed on this evening's Syzygy: New Music at Rice concert at the Shepherd School of Music. Sarah Loudermilk, Executive Director of the chamber-music society, Da Camera of Houston, is a special guest of the hour...
March 31, 2008 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 3/31/2008
Today we speak with two literary guests, both of whom are in town for readings and book-signings this evening. Colombian author, Laura Restrepo reads and discusses her awards winning 2004 novel, Delirium. We also speak with Novelist Lisa See about her book Peony in Love, a re-telling of a true story from Seventeenth Century China. Executive Director of the Houston Symphony Matthew VanBesien co-hosts...
March 28, 2008 5:00 pm
The Front Row, Friday, 3/28/2008
Today we visit with Kim Stoilis, Executive Director of the Art Colony Association, and Houston abstract painter, Ray Phillips, on 300 artists and craftspeople exhibiting their wares at the Bayou City Art Festival, this weekend at Memorial Park. Famed New York choreographer Bill T. Jones tells us about his multi-media dance-theater piece, Chapel/Chapter, which his Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform at Jones Hall...
March 27, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, Thursday 3/27/2008
Christopher O’Riley, NPR’s From the Top host, visits Houston for a taping of classical musicians between 9 and 19… Adam Tendler, from the Foundation for Modern Music and music host for Houston Public Radio talks with Chris Johnson about Music for Peace at Rothko Chapel…Robert Redford and the documentary film called Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars…
March 26, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, Wednesday, 3/26/2008
Dr. Philip Yosowitz chats about his new musical, The Gold, inspired by family members who survived the Holocaust. Musicologist Matthew Dirst gives us a preview of Ars Lyrica Houston’s next program, When in Rome. And we journey to Lawndale Art Center to visit new sculptures by Czech-born artist Hana Hillerova.
March 25, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, Tuesday, 3/25/2008
Sir Neville Marriner discusses the 50th anniversary tour of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with pianist Yuja Wang. Mercury Baroque’s Antoine Plante tells us about the U.S. premiere of a piece by Antonio Caldara. Also, castmembers from the Masquerade Theatre give us a preview of their production of Lucky Stiff.
March 24, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, Monday, 3/24/2008
KUHF’s Laurie Johnson takes a tour of the Orange Show’s newly restored Beer Can House. Pianist Kris Becker tells us about his performance in HCC Northwest’s Piano Recital Series. Also, Wade Wilson and vocalist Kristine Mills join us in the studio for some live jazz music.
March 21, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/21/2008
Trumpet Chris Botti joins us on the program today. He talks with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson about this weekend's concerts with the Houston Symphony. We also meet film-maker Chantal Ackerman. Her work is currently on view at the University of Houston's Blaffer Gallery . . .
March 20, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/20/2008
Guitarist Edward Grigassy and the musicians from his latest project, The Old School Swing Band perform in KUHF's Studio 3-C. We also get the scoop on Dance Salad from producer Nancy Henderek. Perfomances are now underway at Houston's Wortham Center . . .
March 19, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/19/2008
Chinese photo-artist Xing Danwen's pictorial "Urban Fictions" is on display in one of the FotoFest biennial's official exhibitions. She talks with Catherine Lu about her work. Dylan Godwin and Josh Wright make up the entir cast of the TheaterLab production of Gutenberg! The Musical! They preview the show in KUHF's Performance Studio . . .
March 18, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/18/2008
Shepherd School of Music Faculty artists violinist, Kenneth Goldsmith, cellist Norman Fischer, and Jeanne Kierman Fischer play an excerpt from the program they play this evening at Rice University. We also hear from the cast of RatPack - Live at the Sands. It's currently on stage at Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts . . .
March 17, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/17/2008
David Rainey and James Black are Alley Theatre Resident Company members and they stop into the KUHF studios for a conversation about Othello with Dean Dalton. In addittion we observe scenes from around New York Cirty through a glass, obscurely, in the colorful and highly-textured photographs of native Houstonian Lindsay Oshman. . .
March 14, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/14/2008
We hear from Christoph Campestrini on today's program. He will conduct the Houston Symphony in an Italian inspired program which includes Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and endelssohn's Italian Symphony. We also hear from Artistic Director Emelyne Bingham in anticipation of this week's Enterfy Young Texas Artist Competition . . .
March 13, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/13/2008
Three distinguished faculty-artists, including cellist Brinton Averil Smith of the Shepherd School of Music, chat about the friendship & musicianship involved in chamber music and treat us to some Mendelssohn! And we delve into our innermost thoughts with a preview of "Inner Voices," presented by Musiqa & actors from Stages Repertory Theatre . . .
March 12, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/12/2008
Director Karen Heimbaugh and Actress Elizabeth Bannor talk with KUHF's Chris Johnson about the Unihinged Productions staging of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and we say "goodbye" to Terry Sultan. She steps down as the Director of the University of Houston's Blaffer Gallery after almost 8 years and just as the museum celebrates its 35th anniversary. . .
March 11, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/11/2008
We meet pianist Susan Tomes on the current edition of the program. She is the pianist in the London-based Florestan Trio who will perform tonight in Rice's Stude Concert Hall for Houston Friends of Music. In addition, Tennor Kenneth Gayle and pianist Rodney Waters perform excerpts from the last of thsi season's Mukuru: Arts for AIDS recitals . . .
March 10, 2008 12:00 pm
The Front Row, 3/10/2008
Houston's Larry Dierker (yes, that Larry Dierker, former All-Star pitcher & manager of the Astros) tell us about his new venture: "Old Stories," a musical about a Major League Baseball team! Opera star Frederica von Stade & composer Jake Heggie share insights about Mr. Heggie's world premiere, "Last Acts." And we also check out what's happening at the Lawndale Art Center and Main Street Theater . . .
March 7, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 3/07/2008
Pianist Zoya Shuhatovich stops into the KUHF Performance Studio. She previews both her weekend recital in Houston and her upcoming European tour. We also hear from Houston Symphony Executive Director Matthew VanBesien as we wrap up a week-long series of discussion related to "The Beethoven Experience" . . .
March 6, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 3/06/2008
We hear from author Dagoberto Gilb on the today's program. His most recent novel, The Flowers, is the story of a Mexican-American teenager who becomes entangled in the lives of other lonely, troubled and hopeful residents of The Flowers, the apartment complex where the novel is set. Gilb reads from his book and talks about it with KUHF's Catherine Lu. . .
March 5, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 3/05/2008
Pianist Orion Weiss joins us in the KUHF Performance Studio. He will perform both a recital and with the Houston Symphony this Saturday as part of the day-long festival, The Beethoven Experience. We also have a a visit from soprano Tracy Rhodus and tenor Jason Oby in anticipation of the next recital on the Col Canto series. . .
March 4, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 3/04/2008
We have a visit from members of The Battlefield Band today. They join KUHF's Bob Stevenson in Studio 3-C. We also hear from Hans Graf as we continue our weeks worth of interviews related to the Houston Symphony's upcoming day-long presentation, The Beethoven Experience . . .
March 3, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 3/03/2008
We begin a new chapter on the program today as we welcome St. John Flynn. He comes to Houston from Georgia Public Broadcasting and will be hosting and taking over the duties of Director of Cultural Programming. We also hear from the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony, Theatre Under The Stars, and Suchu Dance . . .
February 29, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 2/29/2008
We hear great music and conversation about the arts in Houston on the program today. We also say goodbye to Host and Executive Producer Dean Dalton. Dean officially retires today after almost 20 years as a familiar voice to Houston music and arts lovers. He reminisces about some of KUHF's achievements while he has been here and also introduces the person charged with replacing him . . .
February 28, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 2/28/2008
We have members of the the Texas Piano Quartet in Studio 3-C today. They play music by Johannes Brahms that will be featured on their evening recital at the University of Houston. we also hear from pianist Joyce Yang as she takes time out of her day to talk with KUHF's Catherine Lu about her upcoming recital in Houston . . .
February 27, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 2/27/2008
Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf talks with TFR host Dean Dalton about Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Works by both of those composers are represented on this weekend's concerts in Jones Hall. We also hear from Sarah Rothenberg and soprano Lucy Shelton in anticipation of a DaCamera program of music by "Exiles in Paris" . . .
February 26, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 2/26/2008
Baritone Anthony Turner is in Houston for a recital at Houston Community College. He is joined by pianist Rodney Waters for a varied program of musc by Handel, Strauss and a collection of various African American composers and, together, they offer excerpts from the KUHF Performance on the current edition of the program. . .
February 25, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 2/25/2008
We serve up folksongs and classical chamber music on today's cultural menu! Houston folksinger Bobby Bridger pays tribute to American frontiersman, Pony Express rider & showman "Buffalo Bill." And musicians from The Greenbriar Consortium perform a brand-new work by Cristian Macelaru and a relatively obscure treat by August Klughardt.
February 22, 2008 11:00 am
The Front Row, 2/22/2008
Violinist Rodica Oancea-Gonzalez and pianist Melissa Marsh perform excerpts from the concerto for those instruments by Felix Mendelssohn. It's a work that is on the next Houston Chamber Orcherstra program and members of Aura: Contemporary Music at the University of Houston gather in Studio 3-C for a performance of music by Pierre Jalbert and Peter Sculthorpe . . .