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!

Dr. Carolyn Cruse and Dr. Alan Zabriskie.
Kaysie Ellingson

Alan Zabriskie and Carolyn Cruse join the Front Row to talk about their upcoming concert at Texas Tech’s Hemmle Recital Hall this weekend.

Coming up this Saturday is a concert with the University Choir and the TTU Women’s Chorale. Tell us about the University Choir and the concert that will be taking place.

Kevin Wess, Tuba Professor at Texas Tech University School of Music.
Kaysie Ellingson

Dr. Kevin Wass, professor of tuba at the Texas Tech University School of Music, joins the Front Row to talk about the upcoming annual Octubafest.

Octubafest is a long-standing thing right?

Absolutely. It started in the late 60s, at some of the midwestern universities. I first encountered it at Indiana University when I was doing my master’s degree. They’re Octubafest is two weeks, every night. So here we spread it out over about six weeks. But the big concert is the concert this week with the ensemble.

Eric Allen
Kaysie Ellingson

LakeRidge United Methodist Church conductor, Eric Allen, joins this episode of the Front Row to talk about their upcoming performance this Friday night.

What are your responsibilities at LakeRidge United Methodist Church?

Bill Gelber stands on the set of Much Ado About Nothing.
Kaysie Ellingson

Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance is presenting Much Ado About Nothing. Director of the production, Dr. Bill Gelber—Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance—joins The Front Row to discuss the upcoming production.

How did it come about that Much Ado About Nothing came into the lineup of plays for this year.

Bob Mondello visits the staff at KTTZ-FM.
Kaysie Ellingson

NPR art and film critic Bob Mondello joins the Front Row to discuss his passion for the arts and his career at National Public Radio.

When did you know that you had such gifts for arts coverage and for understanding what movies are about, and communicating that?