The Front Row

Weekdays at 9:00am

This fall, Texas Tech Public Radio debuted a locally produced program called The Front Row.  This program is devoted to arts coverage here on the South Plains.  Given the sheer number of arts offerings now available to the public, a program dedicated to in-depth coverage and promotion of these events is absolutely needed.  Lubbock, and the surrounding area, is home to an increasing number of art organizations.  These groups offer music (of all kinds), theater, literature, visual arts, film, you name it.  Many of our schools have well developed Fine Arts programs.  The quantity and quality of the arts in Lubbock has certainly reached a milestone.  The construction of the Buddy Holly Center for the Performing Arts demonstrates both level of art and culture in our community and the need for a world-class facility.  With all the events taking place, a radio show taking the time to unpack these programs will help public awareness, promotion, and evoke community pride in our cultural life.  Texas Tech Public Radio is certainly the entity to provide this coverage.  The audience that attends events like these is the audience that listens to Public Radio.  Further, the radio staff has the expertise to do a deep dive into these public events and the organizations that produce them.  Once the semester starts, The Front Row will air every weekday morning at 9am on FM89.1.  Be sure to listen!
 

The annual Carol of Lights and Carol Concert are taking place this Friday on the Texas Tech campus. To talk about the event, two of the directors, Dr. Carolyn Cruse and Jonathon Barranco, of the ensemble visited with The Front Row.

Dr. Carolyn Cruse, Tell us about the concert and what viewers can expect.

This is a very exciting Christmas tradition, for Texas Tech and the entire Lubbock community. The Carol of Lights is at memorial circle in the center, in the heart, of the university and takes place starting at 7p.m. this Friday night.

Flatlands Dance Company rehearses for their upcoming performance.
Kaysie Ellingson

Ali Duffy, Creator, found and artistic director, from Flatlands Dance Theatre, joins the Front Row to talk about their upcoming performance, “Origin Stories: An Exploration of Ancestry Through Dance.”

What is the Flatlands Dance Theatre.

Angela Mariani
Kaysie Ellingson

Angela Mariani joins this episode of the Front Row to talk about the upcoming Early Music Ensemble concert.

How do you do all of what you do?

That’s a very good question. I’m very fortunate in terms of the radio show, we have a whole team that works on the radio show. Not only do we have people who help us out right here, at KTTZ, but we also have a team at WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, which is where the program originates from. So yes, I have helpers.

Tell us about what you do at the school of music.

William Westney
Kaysie Ellingson

One of Lubbock’s most respected pianists, Dr. William Westney, comes to the Front Row to talk about this weekend’s upcoming performance.

Everyone looks forward to the Bill Westney recital. Tell us about it.

Gerald Dolter and Frank Rendon visit with the Front Row.
Kaysie Ellingson

Gerald Dolter and Frank Rendon visit with the Front Row to talk about Moonlight Musical’s upcoming production of Miracle on 34th Street.

Gerald Dolter, help us understand, is this part of Moonlight Musical or Moonlight Broadway?

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