The Front Row, Thursday, 6/19/2008

The Houston Symphony's new Associate Conductor, Robert Franz, talks to Bob Stevenson about the first of this year's Summer Symphony Nights concerts at Miller Outdoor Theater.ξ The programs centers on the rarely-heard Piano Concerto by American composer, Leroy Anderson, the Twentieth-Century master of light concert music.ξ ξListen. ξDownload.

Managing and Artistic Director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston James Knapp speaks with St. John Flynn about the premiere of the chorus' two-part program presented Saturday evening in Jones Hall.ξ The first half of the evening is made up of pieces by modern-day Broadway composers, while the second half features a powerful new dramatic work, Metamorphosis: The Journey to Joy by gay composer Robert Seeley.ξ ξListen. ξDownload.

The winner of the 2008 Texas Music Festival Concerto competition, clarinetist Kristin King, plays Mozart live in Studio 3-C with guest conductor Christoph Campestrini and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.ξ She will perform Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto with the TMF Orchestra tomorrow evening at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, and again Saturday night at the University of Houston's Moores Opera House.ξ ξListen. ξDownload.

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