The Front Row

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…

Tomorrow evening at 7:30 in Dudley Recital Hall on the University of Houston’s Central Campus, the Texas Guitar Quartet — Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel, and Oscar Villanueva — perform music by Bach, Boccherini, Rodrigo, Corelli and Brouwer. The recital is part of the 2009 Classical Minds Guitar Festival at the University of Houston and the players all gather in the Geary Performance Studio for a preview session hosted by KUHF’s St. John Flynn. Listen. Download.

This weekend, Houston’s seventh annual Big Range Dance Festival presents the second of its three eclectic programs of contemporary dance. The eleven members of George Staib’s company, Staibdance from Atlanta, Georgia, perform five of his short pieces … Artistic Director Jennifer Wood and her Houston-based troupe, Suchu Dance, premiere her newest work, Mysterious Mountains … And the bill also includes an intimate duet and a high-energy octet by Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble of the Bayou City’s NobleMotion Dance. Staib and Wood chat about the program with TFR producer Bob Stevenson. Listen. Download.

Tonight at 8:00PM in downtown Houston’s Discovery Green Park … KUHF/Houston Public Radio presents another program in its monthly Silent Film Concert Series. We’ll screen Fritz Lang’s 1926 science-fiction classic, Metropolis, and the Austin-based ensemble, the Golden Hornet Project — including our guests, co-founder, co-director, composer and keyboardist, Graham Reynolds … violinist Leah Zeger … and cellist Hector Moreno — will accompany the showing of the movie with a live performance of the original musical score that they have created for the film. Members of Golden Hornet Project offer a sample of some of the music in the Geary Performance Studio. Listen. Download.