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The Front Row, Tuesday, 01/19/2010

Today, we speak with Duncan Copp, the astrophysicist who put together the film of NASA's latest digital images of our solar system will premiere this weekend when the Houston Symphony presents its much-heralded new program, The Planets — An HD Odyssey, in which the celestial visuals will be accompanied by the orchestra's performance of Gustav Holst's orchestral suite, The Planets…


KUHF’s Dean Dalton speaks with Dr. Duncan Copp, the astrophysicist and film-maker commissioned by the Houston Symphony to assemble a video out of NASA’s and the Jet Propulsion Lab’s latest high-definition digital images of the planets of our solar system. His film will be projected above the Jones Hall stage while the Symphony and Music Director Hans Graf perform Gustav Holst’s 1918 orchestral suite, The Planets. The world-premiere performances of this multi-media concert event, The Planets — An HD Odyssey, are this Thursday and Saturday night at 8:00PM, and Sunday at 2:30PM and 7:30PM. Listen Download

Nicholas Kitchen and Khristopher Tong are the violinists with the Boston-based Borromeo String Quartet; they speak with KUHF’s Catherine Lu. On their Houston Friends of Music recital tonight at 8:00PM in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the Borromeos play Quartets by Bartók, Webern and Schumann. Listen Download

The White Oak Trio performs premieres by David Bernstein and Houston composer, Mary Carol Warwick, and 20th Century works for piano trio by Samuel Barber, Paul Schoenfield, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich on the next Foundation for Modern Music concert, Musique Artistique. The concert is this Thursday evening at 7:30PM at the Blaffer Art Gallery on the University of Houston’s Central Campus. Listen Download