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!

Allen Vizzutti
Texas Tech University Website

Andrew Stetson joins the Front Row to talk about a visit by a world-class trumpet soloist, Allen Vizzutti.

Tell us about the event that will be going on.

Christopher Koch
Drury University website

Participants in the Baroque performance join the Front Row today. They include Jeffery Lastrapes, professor of cello; Susanna Self, adjunct professor of flute; and Christopher Koch, music director of the Springfield Regional Opera.

Christopher Koch, tell us a little bit about yourself, you’re a guest artist coming in to play a concert.

Gerald Dolter is professor of voice at Texas Tech University.
Kaysie Ellingson

Gerald Dolter, professor of voice at the Texas Tech University School of Music, joins the Front Row to talk about the upcoming production of The Mikado.

This week is Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. How did this come up as a piece to do this semester?

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.