The Front Row, Monday, 11/02/2009

KUHF/Houston Public Radio inaugurates its year-long series of special events in observance of the station'sξ60th Anniversary with a recital of contemporary American music for winds and strings, performed by the KUHF Chamber Ensemble.ξTheξ7:00PM concert is preceded by a reception which begins atξ6:00 this evening at the Menil Collection. KUHF's Chris Johnson and Victor Kendall, along with other members of the ensemble gather in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio for a preview session hosted by St. John Flynn. Listen Download

Composer Eitan Steinberg and his wife, singer Etty Ben-Zaken, are Shusterman Visiting Israeli Artists- in-Residence this Fall at the Jewish Community Center of Houston.ξ By popular demand, they offer an encore presentation of their concert, A Human Prayer.ξ The program features two of Mr. Steinberg's works for voice and string quartet: Rava Deravin and Stabat Mater — A Human Prayer.ξ Houston Symphony musicians — violinists Rodica Oancea-Gonzales and Mihaela Oancea-Frusina ... violinist Linda Goldstein ... and cellist Jeffrey Butler — will accompany Ms. Ben-Zaken's vocals, as well as perform a movement from Franz Schubert's Death and the Maiden String Quartet.ξ The concert is tonight atξ7:00PM at the Rothko Chapel. Steinberg and Ben-Zaken chat with KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download

KUHF's Bob Stevenson spoke with art historians Suzanne May and her husband, Alex Kidson, Special Projects Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, and Consulting Curator at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.ξExperts on the life and art of the late 18thξCentury British portrait painter, George Romney, they delivered this year's Rienzi Lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's European Decorative Arts Center, the house museum known as Rienzi in River Oaks.ξMay and Kidson chat with KUHF's Bob Stevenson about the artist and about the lecture. Listen Download

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