The Front Row, Thursday, 09/24/2009

The President of the Houston Symphony Society, Bobby Tudor, speaks withξKUHF's ξBob Stevenson.ξThe Symphony announced yesterday that Hans Graf will step down from his full-time position as Music Director following the Orchestra's 2012-2013 season, to become Conductor Laureate.
We also chat wit Maestro Hans Graf about his next concert with the Houston Symphony. It features a unique program that combines music from Richard Strauss's der Rosenkavalier and the 1925 film that was inspired by the opera. Graf chats with KUHF's Dean Dalton from his home in Salzburg. Listen Download

Choreographer Spencer Gavin Herring is the Artistic Director of the Southern California dance company, Infinite Movement Ever Evolving.ξ Two of his Houston-based company members, Paola Georgudis and Lindsey McGill, will dance Mr. Herring's latest work, Dichotomy, on this year's Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance. It happens tomorrow and Saturday night atξ8:00PM at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston Herrman Park.ξ Performances are free. Herring, Georgudis and McGill chat about the programξwith KUHF's Catherine Lu. Listen Download

TFRξhostξSt. John Flynn, speaksξwith Houston pianist, Jade Simmons, founder and director of the Impulse Artist Series and host of the Webcasts of this year's 13thξVan Cliburn International Piano Competition, held the first week of June in Fort Worth.ξThey spoke about Nobuyuki Tsujii, the twenty-year-old Japanese pianist who was one of two young artists to win the Cliburn Competition's Gold Medal.ξSociety for the Performing Arts launches its 2009-2010 season by presenting Nobuyuki Tsujii in his Houston debut, a solo recital in which he'll play works of Beethoven and Chopin. It's Sunday afternoon atξ2:00PM in the Cullen Theater of downtown Houston's Wortham Center. Listen Download

Rebecca Greene Udden, directed Main Street Theater's production of The House of the Spirits, based on the best-selling novel by Isabel Allende and adapted by playwright, songwriter and translator, Caridad Svich.ξ Ms. Svich and Ms. Udden, who is also the company's founder and Artistic Director, both speak with our producer, Bob Stevenson. Listen Downloadξ Extended Interview

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