The Front Row, Thursday, 06/25/2009

Houston Symphony Associate Conductor, Robert Franz, is the man with the baton at tomorrow's Summer Symphony Nights concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.ξHis program includes Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss, Joseph Haydn's "Philosopher" Symphony, and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, with Roberto Plano as the soloist.ξThe Symphony's Assistant Conductor, Brett Mitchell, directs Saturday's "Summer Symphony Nights" concert, which includes Robert Schumann's "Spring" Symphony. Franz, Mitchell and Plano gather in the KUHF talk studio for a conversation with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson. Listen. Download.

"Classical Minds" Guitar Festival, an associated training institute of the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston, gets underway tomorrow at the Moores School of Music.ξEach evening over the course of the program's seven days there will be a public performance in Dudley Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building on the U-H central campus.ξOur guest, Mark Anthony Cruz, Professor of Guitar at Texas State University in San Marcos, will share the bill with another of the Guitar Festival's faculty artists, Elliot Frank of East Carolina University ... in a duo-recital scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 5:00PM.ξCruz performs excerpts from his program in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio. Listen. Download.

Nova Arts Project presents the Houston premiere of Thom Pain (based on nothing), a one-man play by Will Eno, with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday nights at 8:00PM through July 4th. Director Matt Huff and actor (and sole cast member), Se’n Patrick Judge chat with TFR host St. John Flynn. Listen. Download.

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