The Front Row, 06/30/2006

Maestro Stefan Sanderling of the Florida Philharmonic leads the final orchestral concert of the 17th annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestra. . .

Stefan Sanderling conducting the Texas Music Festival OrchestraThe month-long season ofξperformance-enhancing training at the Texas MusicξFestival comes to a close thisξSaturday nightξwith the final orchestral concert of the season. Maestro Stefan Sanderling leads the all-German, all-19th Century program, which includes the music ofξWagner, Brahmsξand and Max Bruch. Violinist Lucie Robert will join thξorchestra forξBruch's ViolinξConcerto No.1 in g-minor. Mr. Sanderling stopped by the KUHF studiosξfor a conversation with Alison Young.ξξAudio here.ξξTo take a look a photo album with pictures of Sanderling at work with the TMF Orcherstra click here.

Geraldine Westbrook's Gee's Bend is a small isolated community located on a U-shaped sliver of land on the banks of the Alabama River. Most of the village's 750 residents are the descendents of the slaves brought to the plantation that existed on that site beginning in 1845. Following emancipation, the Freedmen continued to work the land as tennat farmers, and many eventually purchased their farms frmo the federal government in the 1940's. The women of Gee's Bend have been makling quilts for four generations now, utilising whatever materials were available, and taking basic quiltξpatterns common throughout theξSouth and creating distinctive, personal and innovtive designs that all share a visual vocabulary that is unique to the artists ofξGee's Bend. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has assembled a 2ndξexhibition of quilts made in the community, selecting 70 pieces, thatξhave never been displayed before, from the Tinwood Alliance, a non-profit foundation that supports African-American folk art. KUHF's Alison Young looked at the quilts with the Museum'sξDirector, Peter Marzio, and on of the quilt-makers whose work is included in the show, Mary LeeξBendolph.ξAudio here.

Reyna GrandeWhen the father or the mother of a poor Mexican family heads for the border in hopes of finding work and a better life in the United States, what happens to those left behind? In her new, debut novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, writer Reyna Grande imagines on scenario, based on her own experiences. In town recently for a reading, Ms. Grande spoke with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson. Audio here.

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