The Front Row, Friday, 11/13/2009

To open this weekend's Houston Symphony concerts, Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell conducts Sergei Rachmaninov's youthful Symphonic Poem, The Rock ... and to conclude the program, Music Director Hans Graf leads the Orchestra in a reading of the same composer's First Symphony.ξIn between, guest artist Jeffrey Kahane is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22.ξThere are performances, tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoon atξ2:30PM in Jones Hall. KUHF's Dean Dalton chats with the Maestri about this weekend's performances. Listen Download

Chris Johnson hostsξa preview sessionξfrom KUHF's Geary Performance Studio featuring members ofξξThe Apollo Chamber Players. The ACPξpresent New Sounds for a New World, the second of this season's recitals exploring the ways in which composers of a particular geographical region have been influenced by their culture's folk-music traditions.ξThe Players perform their all-American program, tomorrow evening atξ7:00PM at Bethany Christian Church on Westheimer. Listen Download

Allen Hightower, the Artistic Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, speaks with KUHF's Catherine Lu.ξThe Masterworks Chorus celebrates Franz Joseph Haydn and his music, in this year that marks the 200th anniversary of the composer's death, with a program that includes Haydn's Te Deum and his Missa in Angustiis — the Mass in Troubled Times, also known as the Lord Nelson Mass.ξThere is one performance. It's tomorrow night atξ7:30PM at Grace Presbyterian Church. Listen Download

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