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!

Galen Wixson and David Cho, of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO), join the front row to discuss the upcoming performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

The LSO is launching it’s master works season with concerts this weekend. Tell us about it, unpack the details.

Wixson: This weekend, Friday and Saturday evening at the Lubbock Civic Center, we will be presenting Beethoven’s ninth symphony, the choral. It’s a tremendous musical experience and the ultimate Beethoven symphony. As a cellist it’s one of my favorite works. We’re really excited.

Jo More, Director of Texas Tech University’s Presidential Lecture and Performance series, joins The Front Row to talk about the upcoming series of lectures and performances.

What is the mission of the series and what do you do?

Dr. Seung-Won Cho
Kaysie Ellingson

Dr. Seung-Won Cho, Director of Traditional Music Ministries and Senior Organist, joins us on this episode of The Front Row.

Tell us about your upcoming concert series, the Vesper Concert Series.

It has been 40 years since we have started our Vesper Concert Series. We have presented world-class musicians to this community and it has been one of the foremost cultural outreach programs in the south plains area. So we are so blessed and grateful.

You have a very exciting series coming up, one is this weekend. Tell us about it.

Kaysie Ellingson

Philip Mann sits down with Clint Barrick on the Front Row this week to discuss his move to Texas Tech and the upcoming season for the University’s orchestra.

Tell us about who you are and your journey to Texas Tech.

Clint Barrick and Sarah McKoin discuss the band's upcoming season
Kaysie Ellingson

On this episode of The Front Row, we’re joined by Dr. Sarah McKoin, Texas Tech University Director of Bands, to learn more about what this year's band season will bring to the Lubbock community.

Give us an overview of the year of the bands.

This coming academic year is actually exciting. The wind ensemble got accepted to play at CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) regional, which is at the University of Houston. So we will be doing that in March.