The Front Row, 06/22/2006

French Maestro Pascal Verrot is a regular guest conductor at the Festival-Institute at Round Top and also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic and the former Music Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. . .

Clarinetist Hakan RosengrenMaestro Verrot will lead the Institute's TexasξFestivalξOrchestra this Saturday night at 8:30 in a performance of the Symphony No.5 by Beethovenξalong withξMozart's Don Giovanni Overture.ξJoining Verrot and the young participants of the Festival-Instituteξis Clarinetist Hakan Rosengren. He'll be taking center stage forξa performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. Theseξverteren Round Top guest artists joined KUHF's Chris Johnson for a discussion about the nature of preparing such popular works.ξξAudio here.ξξ

Texas Music FestivalThe Moores School Brass Quintet is an ensemble that's been around in one way or another for the past 40 years and it is that group who will supply theξmusic on tonight's Rockwell Distinguished Artists Series Concert presented by the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston.ξJoining the faculty ensembleξare fellows from this year's festival in a program ξfeaturing a sampling of 400 yearsξworth of music for brass.ξThe MooresξQuintet stopped by the KUHF Performance Studio today and talked with TFRξAssistant ProducerξAlison Young.ξξAudio here.

Sarah BirdAuthor Sarah Bird set the publishing industry and the reading public on their collective ears five years ago, with her fifth book, The Yokota Officer's Club, a simultaneouslyξ poignant, insightful and thigh-slappingly hilarious, partly-fictional-novel, partly-real-life memoir, chronicling the adventures in Japan of an 18 year old military brat and aspiring dancer and her dysfunctional family, as events unfold around them over a soundtrack of Top 40 hits of the day. Now comes Bird's latest saga - again growing out of her own personal experience. . .and again punctuated with rhythmic music and dancing - The Flamenco Academy, a tale of obsessive love and fiery passion - inξwhich two best girlfriends -- shy, studious Rae, and flamboyantly sexy Didi -- both fall for a hunky flamenco guitarist named Tomas. Sarah Bird will read from and sign copies of her book, published by Knopf, tonight at 7:00 at the Blue Willow Book Shop, 14523 Memorial. She talked about the book on today's edition of TFR with Alison Young. Audio here.

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