The Front Row, 06/27/2006

Violinist Andrzej Grabiec has curated tonight's Rockwell Distinguished Artist Series concert. Featuring the music of Ravel, Chausson and Milhaud the program is appropriately entitled A Midsummer Salon. . .

Andrzej Grabiec, Timothy Hester, George WorkGrabiec is joined by pianist Timothy Hester, 'cellist George Work, clarinetist Randall Griffin and members of the Marian Anderson String Quartet for tonight's diverse program of french music from the late 19th and early 20th century. The Midsummer Salon happens at 7:30 tonight in the Moores Opera House at the UNiversity of Houston andξrepresents theξfinalξconcert for the Rockwell Distinguished Artist Series which is part of this summer's 17th annual Imanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival. Grabiec, Hester and Work all gathered in the KUHF Performance studio for a preview of tonight's concert with KUHF's Chris Johnson, himself a former student of Mr. Grabiec.ξξAudio here.ξξ

Tomorrow evening, Houston's Congregation Emanu El will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the installation of it's Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with a concert by the synagogues's long-tmie organist and choir director, Ann Frohbieter. Dr. Frohbieter is the dean of the Houston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and, since 1999, has server as the organist at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Her program includes music by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles-Marie Widor and renowned Jewish composers, the late Herman Berlinski and Houston's own Michael Horvit. Ms. Frohbieter talked with KUHF's Alison Young. Audio here.

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