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The Front Row, 1/11/2008

Posted on · From medieval music to a contemporary song cycle to choral works, we introduce you to three very different musical events happening around town this weekend. Our guests represent the mostly Boston-based group Fortune’s Wheel, Houston’s art-song society Col Canto and Princeton, New Jersey’s famed Westminster Choir . . . Violinist-harpist-vocalist Shira Kammen also plays vielle, […]

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The Front Row, 1/10/2008

Posted on · Got talent? The incredibly talented and unique family of pianists known as The 5 Browns visit their former home-town of Houston and the KUHF studios! We also hear about the Houston Symphony’s newly commisioned piece for trombone, and the Menil Collection offers “Video Now: Artists Working in the Spirit of Bruce Naumann.” Dean Dalton gets […]

The Front Row

The Front Row, 1/09/2008

Posted on · Today’s program is packed! Architect Thomas Diehl returns, this time to discuss the environmental implications of Greenway Plaza; “This American Life” producer & host Ira Glass talks about his lovable style of storytelling; plus, the Houston Symphony, exciting contemporary dance and a bit of Russian literature are all featured as well . . . Just […]

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The Front Row, 1/08/2008

Posted on · Hear excerpts from the Tony Award-winning pop opera “Caroline, or Change,” as cast members from Main Street Theater perform live on today’s show! We also learn how opposites attract on Musiqa’s next concert, and artist Jake Allee describes his ceramic work now on view at the new Eighteen Hands Gallery . . . Composer Anthony […]

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The Front Row, 1/07/2008

Posted on · Meet award-winning pianist & Houston native Michael Bukhman! A graduate of HISD’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Oberlin Conservatory, Michael is currently pursing his doctorate at New York’s Juilliard School. We devote the entire hour to the virtuosity of this rising young pianist . . . Dean Dalton welcomes pianist Michael […]

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The Front Row, 1/04/2008

Posted on · We explore the art of Pompeo Batoni, Italy’s “Prince of Painters,” and hear music of the same era performed live by Mercury Baroque! But Broadway tunes kick off today’s program, as conductor Michael Krajewski gives us a preview of the Houston Symphony’s next pops concert . . . Houston Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski […]

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The Front Row, 1/03/2008

Posted on · With help from two architects, we examine a local facility that is visually appealing, functional and environmentally-friendly: The University of Texas School of Nursing Building in the Medical Center! We also enjoy chamber music presented by Context, and excerpts from a chamber opera performed live by singers from St. Philip Presbyterian Church’s Grace Note Music […]

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The Front Row, 1/02/2008

Posted on · 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 […]

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The Front Row, 12/17/2007

Posted on · The Netherlands-based duo of Robert Bekkers & Anne Ku perform selections for a rare combination these days — classical guitar & piano! They’re here in the Bayou City to perform a couple of house concerts, and today we’ve invited them to be our sole guests for a special studio recital . . . All the […]

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The Front Row, 12/10/2007

Posted on · Cantare Houston’s Founder-Artistic Director Kevin Riehle tells us about a different approach he’s taking with this year’s holiday concert. Plus, we share live recordings of performances by Cantare, as well as by the Shepherd School Symphony! Houston’s Lawndale Art Center offers some new exhibitions, which we introduce you to also . . . As college-level […]

The Front Row

The Front Row, 12/07/2007

Posted on · Today’s program is all-music: We venture from the eclectic chamber program of charming Russian-born pianist Zoya Shuhatovich. . . to a bit of Christmas “karaoke” by The Irish Tenors, as they cleverly bring the virtual Czech Philharmonic with them to perform holiday songs from the KUHF studio! Houston pianist Zoya Shuhatovich, along with violinist Alla Aranovskaya […]

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The Front Row, 12/3/2007

Posted on · Film-maker Kristine McKenna shares insights on the avant-garde art scene of post-war Los Angeles, which is explored in her new documentary, “The Cool School.” We also hear about two fascinating 20th-Century concert programs, to be presented by Da Camera of Houston and Musiqa . . . Host Dean Dalton interviews Artistic Director/Pianist Sarah Rothenberg about […]

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The Front Row, 11/14/2007

Posted on · Unusual & energetic contemporary dance pieces make up “Quirky Works,” presented by the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company! We learn more about this unique company and its upcoming program. Two founding musicians of Mercury Baroque share excerpts and insights on Mont?clair, Bach & Rameau. And we tour the avant-garde jewelry on display at the Museum of […]

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The Front Row, 11/13/2007

Posted on · Meet one of Europe’s hottest young ensembles, Trio con Brio Copenhagen! These bright musicians treat us to a preview of tonight’s concert, which marks their Houston debut. Singer-actors from Masquerade Theatre “tease” us with excerpts from “Gypsy,” the classic musical about striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and ultimate stage mom, Mama Rose. The young, award-winning […]

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The Front Row, 11/12/2007

Posted on · Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Elizabeth Alexander reads from her work and chats about the art of poetry. We also enjoy two musical performances! Members of the Greenbriar Consortium perform chamber music from tomorrow night’s concert. And musicians from AURA, the Moores School’s contemporary ensemble, play music by Austin composer Donald Grantham. Houston Symphony oboist Anne Leek […]