The Front Row

The Front Row, Thursday, 1/1/2009

Happy New Year! We look back, and also ahead, by paying tribute to mezzo-soprano Isabelle Ganz, the remarkable Houston-based singer who has been making music for the past 65 years and is still going strong. We celebrate Dr. Ganz’s 70th Birthday with a retrospective of her career.

Producer Bob Stevenson chats with Isabelle Ganz about the many diverse aspects of her career, from child-prodigy pianist to singer & teacher.  We enjoy excerpts of her folk singing, and even a recording of Dr. Ganz, at age 10, playing a Haydn Piano Concerto!  Listen  Download

Dr. Ganz discusses her interest in Jewish musical traditions, inspired by her own heritage.  Listen  Download

Part 3 of the interview focuses on the new & modern music champanioned by Dr. Ganz, and we hear excerpts from her award-winning recordings, including one called by the New York Times as one of the Top 10 best classical albums of 2006.  Listen  Download


Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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