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 Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture and Performance Series is back tonight with a production of “The Other Mozart.” Director of the program, Jo Moore, visits with the Front Row to share more about this special performance.

Tell us a little bit about what the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series is.

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There are many parts to the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, one of those is the Lubbock Symphony Guild, which has an event this Saturday night. Joining the Front Row to talk about the event are David Cho, Music Director and Betsy Kasemsri, President of the Lubbock Symphony Guild.

Betsy tell us about the Lubbock Symphony Guild, what that organization is.

Don Holladay serves as a member of the Roots Historical Arts Council board.
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The Caviel Museum of African American History is participating in its first, First Friday Art Trail. Don Holladay joins the Front Row to share more about what’s in store for this Lubbock Museum.

Tell us about the area in this part of Lubbock, about the background.

Director of orchestral studies, Philip Mann
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The Texas Tech Orchestra will perform Ottorino Respighi's “The Fountains of Rome” Tuesday, March 6, along with a new piece called “The Concerto of Hope.” Find out more from Philip Mann, Andrew Stetson and composer, Jim Stephenson, on this episode of The Front Row.

Philip Mann, tell us about the program.

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra is presenting concerts this weekend. President and CEO of the organization, Galin Wixson, and Conductor, David Cho, join the Front Row to give more information on the events.

Galin give us some details on the event.

…We’re going to see a wonderful violinist, Simone Porter, perform the Barber violin concerto…It’s a great mixture. When you hear the Barber, the lyrical lines of the Barber, contrasted to all the other bounciness that going on with this concert, it’s going to be so much fun…and she’ll be coming out for the finale.