The Front Row

Weekdays at 9:00am

The Front Row 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 Front Row is brought to you in part by The J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts and City Bank.

The Texas Tech University School of Theatre and Dance is currently producing the play, "Hay Fever" by Noël Coward. We sit down with Dean Nolen, the head of acting and directing to talk about this production. Listen below or on the NPR One app!

The production is this weekend on Thursday the 13th through Sunday the 16th. Thursday through Saturday at 7:30PM, and Sunday at 2PM.

One of the Texas Tech University School of Music's wind ensembles is heading to the College Band Directors National Association Convention. It's quite an honor, they'll have a home concert before they leave. We'll have all the details on today's show.

On today's edition of The Front Row, we are in the Texas Tech University School of Music, in the office of Dr. Eric Allen who is associate director of bands. We are also joined by Dr. Lisa Garner Santa who is professor of flute here at Texas Tech School of Music.

The Texas Tech University School of music presents a world premiere concerto Saturday night featuring world-class artists who will also record work while in Lubbock. Listen to all the details on today's edition of The Front Row!

The Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture and Performance Series gets its Spring season underway this Friday evening with a concert in the Allen Theater on the Texas Tech campus. On today's edition of The Front Row, we are in the office of Dóri Bosnyák, who is the director of the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series here at Texas Tech University. Listen to her full interview below for more details about this week's show.

The show is Friday, February 7th at 7PM. Tickets available online.

A Texas Tech University professor of music has just recorded the world premier of a lost violin sonata by Samuel Barber. We’ll have all the details on today’s show!

On today’s edition of The Front Row, we are in the office of professor John Gilbert at the Texas Tech University School of Music. He is professor of violin here at the School of Music and he has just released a new recording, a 2 CD set called Youthful Passions. It includes music by Richard Strauss and Dohnànyi, and we’re here to talk to John Gilbert about that today.