The Front Row, 06/23/2006

Composer Rob Smith is on the composition faculty of the University of Houston's Moores School Music. His new Concerto for Orchestra will premiered tonight in the Woodlands and tomorrow night in the Moores Opera House. . .

Violist Amber Archibald in the KUHF Performance StudioAmber Archilbald is a graduate of bothξthe music schools of Indianaξand Rice Universities and is also theξwinner of the 2006 Texas Music Festival/Cynthia Woods MitchellξYoung Artists Competition.ξShe'll be performingξa movement of the Viola Concerto by WilliamξWalton. Maestro Giuliano Silveri will conduct the concerts which alsoξinclude the Symphony in d-minor by Cesar Franck. Dr. Smith and Ms. Archibald joined KUHF's Chris Johnson in the Performance Studio forξa discussion and preview.ξAudio here.ξξ

Pianist Orion Weiss trying out the KUHF SteinwayPianist Orion Weiss makes his Houston Symphony debut this weekend at Miller Outdor Theatre in Hermann Park. He'll performξthe PianoξConcerto No.19 by W.A. Mozart.ξChristoph Campestrini serves as guest conductor for tonight's concertξwhich featuresξthe Brahms AcademicξFestival Overture and the high-spiritedξSymphony No.8 by Dvorak.ξOn the verge of a very successfulξcareerξ24 year old Weiss stoppd by the KUHF studios to talk with TFR Assistant Producer Alison Young. ξAudio here.

Michael RemsonThe American Festival for the Arts is the annual, five-week-long summer music institute for musicians of middle and high school age that is in it's 11th season at Houston's Episopal High School and is offering its summer conservatory for string players for the 2nd time this year in Beaumont. Tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 the participants from both campuses will present a joint concert in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston. Executive Director Michael Remson and Guest Conductor Barbara Scowcroft, Music Director and Conductor of the Utah Youth Symphony, talked about the festival and tomorrow's concert with Chris Johnson. Audio here.

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