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The Front Row, Thursday, 01/07/2010

Posted on · Today, Marin Alsop, talks about the First Symphonies of Samuel Barber and Gustav Mahler, the two works she'll perform with the Houston Symphony in concerts beginning tonight at Jones Hall. And, British-born Bayou-City pianist Clive Swansbourne introduces, with words and music, the first program of his 2010 recital series, a Bicentennial Tribute to Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann, the two great lights of the early Romantic Era who were born in 1810...

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The Front Row, Wednesday, 01/06/2010

Posted on · Today, we spend the hour with one of the world's most energetic, skillful and prolific concert and studio artists, Turkish pianist, Idil Biret. She's well on her way to making a place for herself in the record books for having made some 80 recordings over the past 20 years. She talks with us about the history of classical music in her native country and her interactions with some of the greatest pianists and teachers of the 20th Century and she plays a piece by Liszt, transcriptions of works by Bach and Handel and preludes by Turkish composer, Adnon Tzigun ...

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The Front Row, Monday, 01/04/2010

Posted on · Today we spend the hour with Houston concert pianist, Edith Orloff. In addition to her musical activities here in the Bayou City, she is a founding member of the Los-Angeles-based Pacific Trio, and the group has recently released an album of works for violin, cello and piano by 20th and 21st Century American composers, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Robert Muczynski. Edith Orloff chats about her music-making, and we hear selections by all four of the composers represented on the Pacific Trio's new CD....

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The Front Row, Friday, 01/01/2010

Posted on · Today, we offer a rare treat in the form of an interview with the country's pre-eminent musical-theater composer and lyricist of the second half of the Twentieth Century, Stephen Sondheim. He talks about the two high-profile projects with which he made his Broadway debut as a wordsmith in the late 50's. He tells about finally earning the right to create both the music and the lyrics for his own original shows. Sondheim also shares behind-the-scenes stories about the writing and staging of several of his productions...

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The Front Row, Thursday, 12/31/2009

Posted on · We honor composer and educator David Ashley White on today's program. He has been Director of the Moores School of Music since 1999 and is known nationally and internationally as a composer. Faculty members from the Moores School recently organized a concert of his music and we hear excerpts from the at program along with conversation with Dr. White...

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The Front Row, Wednesday, 12/30/2009

Posted on · On this special edition of our program, we focus on an artist whom The New York Times heralded as one of the "new faces of new music" in 1999: violinist and composer Cornelius Dufallo, member of the amplified string quartet, ETHEL, and director of the creative-music collective, Ne(x)tworks. Dufallo has recently released Dream Streets, an album of original pieces for electric violin and electronics. He talks about the the CD and about his personal and creative development with KUHF's Chris Johnson...

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The Front Row, Tuesday, 12/29/2009

Posted on · In observance of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the prolific and influential 19th-Century composer, conductor, music educator and entrepreneur, Felix Mendelssohn. We draw upon the expertise of recognized Mendelssohn scholar, Jeffrey Sposato, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, and author of the book, The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the 19th Century Anti-Semitic Tradition,...

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The Front Row, Thursday, 12/17/2009

Posted on · Artistic Director Sandra Organ previews the return of her dance company's choreographic version of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, this weekend at the Hobby Center. And, cast members from The Ensemble Theatre's Christmas with Great Aunt perform songs from this World Première seasonal musical, written by Houstonian, Thomas Meloncon. It's the story of the Gilliam family, who leave the Comfort Zone of their familiar life in The Woodlands to spend Christmas with their family matriarch in the small hill-town of Bethlehem, Texas...

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The Front Row, Wednesday, 12/15/2009

Posted on · Renowned British maestro, Christopher Warren-Green, previews the Houston Symphony's performances of Handel's Messiah, which Mister Warren-Green conducts this weekend in Jones Hall. We also have a studio performance by Houston's Three Sopranos: Nancy Curtis, Leigh Shipman and Ana Treviño-Godfrey! They sing for us excerpts from their Christmas Concert — a kind of Festival of Lessons and Carols — to be presented this evening at Houston's Church of Saint John the Divine...

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The Front Row, Tuesday, 12/15/2009

Posted on · Alley Theatre resident actor Todd Waite talks about reprising his role as "Crumpet the Elf" in the company's production of The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris' irreverently hilarious account of his true and outlandish adventures working as one of Santa's elves at Macy's. And, visual artist Joseph Marioni shows us his recent work currently on view in the exhibition, Blue and Red Paintings, at Wade Wilson Art...

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The Front Row, Monday, 12/14/2009

Posted on · Today, we welcome back to Houston a former resident: Czech pianist Jitka Frankova. She performs live for us, previewing the recital of solo keyboard works that she'll give tonight at Houston's Czech Center Museum. We also have a look at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's landmark exhibition of art pieces, artifacts, jewelry and ritual objects covering two-thousand years of ancient Vietnamese cultural history...

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The Front Row, Friday, 12/11/2009

Posted on · We observe the Winter Solstice the way people did in 16th Century England with the distinguished guest artists who are part of this year's Christmas Revels production from Revels Houston! Joining us in the studio will be the show's band of early musicians including lutenist Slobodan Vujisic from Austin and gambist, Brady Lanier from right here in the Bayou City ... and clown and mime, Larry Pisoni, who plays The Fool in this year's Christmas Revels celebration, The King and the Fool...

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The Front Row, Thursday, 12/10/2009

Posted on · We welcome actor-singer Matthew Brownlie to the program today as he shares a couple of songs from Life is Happy and Sad, a new musical by Catastrophic Theatre Artistic Director, Jason Nodler, based on the words and lyrics of cult-outsider-singer-songwriter, Daniel Johnston. We also hear from cast members of the Stages Repertory Theatre original production of Panto Sleeping Beauty...