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The Front Row

The Front Row, Wednesday, 6/24/2009

We chat with UH Piano Professor Nancy Weems, and two of her students from the Texas Music Festival Piano Institute perform for us! Plus, maestro Christoph Campestrini talks about the music of Brahms & Mahler, which he conducts at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.

Producer Bob Stevenson gets together in the studio with Nancy Weems, director of the Texas Music Festival High School Piano Institute, and participants Christina Lam & Michael Heil to chat about the Institute’s concerts this weekend at the University of Houston.  The two young virtuosi also sit down at the KUHF Steinway to perform!  Listen  Download

Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini [photo courtesy of] & host St.John Flynn talk about Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Haydn & Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, which the Texas Festival Orchestra performs this Saturday, 8pm, at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.  In the extended conversation, they discuss the Viennese obsession with themes of love & death, and why orchestral musicians love to play Mahler!  Listen  Download  **Extended Interview**

Here’s Maestro Campestrini conducting a movement of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6, from a 2008 concert with the Texas Festival Orchestra.  Listen