The Front Row

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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!

Clare College Choir
Christmas with Clare College poster

Christmas with Clare College is this Friday at the First United Methodist Church. Dr. Seung-Won Cho visits with The Front Row to talk about the concert.

Tell us about the concert series. It’s sponsored by the church. Is that right?

Chris Smith
Kaysie Ellingson

The Caprock Celtic Christmas is one of the great traditions in Lubbock, now in its 17th year. Chris Smith visits this episode of the Front Row to share more about the concert.

Did you imagine the Celtic Christmas would look like this?

The Lubbock Chorale
Lubbock Chorale Facebook Page

The Lubbock Chorale Holiday Concert is one of the many Christmas traditions in Lubbock. Joining the Front Row to talk about the concert is Dr. John Hollins.

How is the Lubbock Chorale different from other choral organizations?

First of all, we are in our 42 season, so just shy of 3 years ago, we celebrated our 40th, ruby anniversary, and it was a wonderful milestone for the chorale. It has a rich history. It has always been associated with Texas Tech University School of Music from inception as an entity.

Dr. Philip Gorski
Yale School of Management YouTube

The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization sponsored another visitor for its lecture series, Dr. Philip Gorski. He joins the Front Row, along with Stephen Balch, who is the director of the institute.

Dr. Balch, tell us about the talk that happened last night.

Props surround the studio as Ballet Lubbock prepares for their production of "Nutcracker."
Kaysie Ellingson

Ballet Lubbock is preparing for their annual production of The Nutcracker. The Front Row visited with Nicholas Dragga, executive director of Ballet Lubbock, and Yvonne Racz Key, artistic director, to talk about the show.

How is it that this production has become so ingrained into the fabric of our community?