The Front Row, Tuesday, 09/08/2009

Houston Symphony Music Director Hans Graf, spoke recently with KUHF's Dean Dalton at his home in Salzburg, Austria.ξMaestro Graf will be here in the Bayou City this Saturday evening atξ7:30 ... on-stage at Jones Hall, to conduct the Houston Symphony in its gala 2009 Opening Night concert, featuring Igor Stravinsky's 1919 Ballet Suite, The Firebird, and Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax as the soloist ... plus a preview of the Symphony's complete NASA-video-enhanced performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets, coming up in January of 2010. Listen Download

KUHF's Meghan Hendley headsξover toξhe Lawndale ArtξCenter for a conversations withξRomanian-born Houston artist, Adela Andea, about her computerized light-sculpture, The Green (trade-mark) Cyber Web and Joe and Jahjehan Bath Ives showed us their video-enhanced domestic environmental installation, Me, Mine, and Not Yours.ξThose are two of the four exhibitions that are on display through Septemberξ26th at Lawndale, and which will be available for viewing this Saturday from 10:00AM - 5:00PM, when Lawndale serves as one of theξ17 host institutions for the 13th annual Open House known as Houston Museum District Day. Listen Download

Principal Dancer Sara Webb and corps de ballet member Joseph Walsh appear as the romantic lead couple, Manon and Des Grieux, in Houston Ballet's revival of its production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's full-length dance piece, Manon. ξIt opens the company's 40thξAnniversary Season, with performances this Thursday and Saturday evening atξ7:30PM, a matinee atξ2:00PM Sunday afternoon and three more shows next weekend in the Brown Theater of downtown Houston's Wortham Center. Listen Download

Arab-American writer, Randa Jarrar, speaking with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. ξMs. Jarrar reads additional excerpts from and autographs copies of her novel, A Map of Home this evening atξ7:00PM at the Blue Willow Bookshop, on Memorial Drive near Dairy Ashford in west Houston. Listen Download

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