The Front Row

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…

Violist Samuel Rhodes and his colleagues, Nick Eanet and Ronald Copes, violins and Joel Krosnick, cello — The Juilliard Quartet — play String Quartets by Mendelssohn and Beethoven and, together with pianist Sarah Rothenberg, Artistic Director of Da Camera of Houston … Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat. That recital is tomorrow evening at 7:30PM in the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston’s Wortham Center. Titled The Romantic Spirit, the concert launches Da Camera’s season-long exploration of the various guises Romanticism has taken in Western music of the past three hundred years. On his way to rehearsal, Rhodes stopped by the KUHF Studios for a conversation with Chris Johnson. Listen Download

The Moores School of Music, in collaboration with the University of Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, continues its three-day festival, Damaged Romanticism: Recovered in celebration of the 70th birthday of the distinguished American composer, Joan Tower. Tonight’s concert features chamber music performed by AURA – The Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Moores School of Music. Members of AURA, Director Rob Smith, guest pianist Melvin Chen and Dr. Tower gather in KUHF’s Geary Performance Studio for a preview session hosted by KUHF’s Chris Johnson. Listen Download

Theatre Under The Stars
presents its brand-new production of the stage version of the musical, Meet Me In Saint Louis, with Lynne Wintersteller and Joseph Kolinski as Anna and Alonso, the mother and father of the Smith family, and Annaliese Van Der Pol as their teen-aged daughter, Esther, the role originally played by Judy Garland in the 1944 movie upon which the theatrical musical is based. There are evening performances, Tuesdays through Sundays … and afternoon matinees, Saturdays and Sundays … through October 11th at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston. Winterstellar and Kolinski discuss the production with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson. Listen Download  Extended Interview