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!
 

William Shakespeare
Public Domain

This week the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization is sponsoring a series of events honoring Shakespeare and his legacy. Dr. Stephen Balch, director of the institute, and Dr. Paul Cantor from the University of Virginia are guests on this episode of The Front Row.

Dr. Balch how did you decide that you wanted to take a hard look at Shakespeare?

Lubbock Moonlight Broadway presents Grease.
Lubbock Moonlight Musicals Facebook Page

Lubbock Moonlight Broadway is gearing up for their production of Grease. Founder and creator of Lubbock Moonlight Musicals and Broadway, Gerald Dolter, visits with the Front Row to talk about the show.

How did you decide you wanted to do Grease?

Nicholas Dragga and Yvonne Racz Key sit with Clint Barrick on the set of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Kaysie Ellingson

Ballet Lubbock will present its spring production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” this weekend at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Nicholas Dragga, Executive Director of Ballet Lubbock, and Yvonne Racz Key, Artistic Director, visit with the Front Row to share more about the event.

How did you decide on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream?”

Dr. Dorothy Chansky is the Director of the Humanities Center at Texas Tech University.
Kaysie Ellingson

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech University is finishing up its year-long series, “Food and…” with a nationally-known food author and critic. Dr. Dorothy Chansky, Director of the Humanities Center, visits with The Front Row to share more about this event.

Dr. Gregory Brookes on the set of "Hansel and Gretel."
Kaysie Ellingson

The Fairytale opera, “Hansel and Gretel,” is taking place this weekend at Texas Tech University. The director of the opera, Dr. Gregory Brookes, gives The Front Row a tour of the set and some more information on the production.

How did you decide for the opera this semester, that you wanted to do “Hansel and Gretel”?

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