The Front Row, 1/02/2008

Happy New Year! Acclaimed writer Sara Paretsky stops by with her 14th novel, "Bleeding Kansas." Though renowned for her V.I. Warshawski detective novels, this latest work is set amidst the social & economic issues of the Midwest, where she was raised. We also enjoy past performances by local ensembles, as we anticipate the upcoming concerts of 2008. . .

The Houston Chamber Orchestra offers its anticipated first concert of the season on February 25 at the Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall, which will include Texas composer Charles Fitts' CircusξConcerto for Trumpet & Orchestra.ξ Here is a past HCOξWorld Premiereξof Mr. Fitts' Clarinet Concerto.ξξArtistic Director Michael Lowe conducted, and British clarinetist David Campbell was the soloist.ξ Recorded by KUHFξon February 13, 2006 atξZilkha Hall.ξ ListenξξDownload

The next Da Camera of Houston concertξis Dreamworldsξon January 24 at the Wortham Center, with mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer, violist Tabea Zimmerman & pianist/Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg.ξ Here are Ms. Rothenberg & cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton performing music from Prokofiev's Cinderella during the March 16th, 2007-edition of The Front Row.ξξ Listenξ Download

Best-selling writer Sara Paretskyξdiscusses her new novel Bleeding Kansas, a tale that combines social realism with a sense of well-crafted mystery.ξ Ms. Paretsky will autograph books this evening, 6:30pm, at Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet.ξ Listenξ Download

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