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Where are All of the American Composers?

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Augusta Read Thomas with composer and OSU Professor Emeritus Donald Harris before a performance of Ms. Thomas' work 'Jubilee' by the New Albany Symphony in 2012.
5:00AM
August
20, 2014

Most of us can name a fair number of American composers – Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams.  All have written great music which has become part of the musical landscape.   How about these composers?   Nico Muhly, Amy Wurtz, Michael Daugherty, Augusta Read Thomas and Joan Tower?  Possibly not so familiar.That will [...]

Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

Heitor Villa-Lobos at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
Heitor Villa-Lobos (center) at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
1:19PM
August 14, 2014

This Saturday evening on Fretworks, I’ll have the Guitar Concerto from Brazil’s best-known composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was written for Andres Segovia, who gave the first performance of this popular work in 1956. We’ll hear the Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez in a recording with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Franz Schubert: A Jazz Inspiration?

5:46PM
August
13, 2014

If one of the primary aims of jazz improvisation is the creation of melody, could there be a more inspirational concentration of examples than in Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C?

A Danish Affirmation of Life from Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva

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Carl Nielsen listening to the rehersal of Saul og David in Gothenburg in 1928.
2:48PM
August 13, 2014

Danish composer Carl Nielsen spoke of the first movement of his Sinfonia espansiva as “a gust of energy and life-affirmation blown out into the wide world,” and called the finale of his Third Symphony “a hymn to work and the healthy activity of everyday life.”

Paganini Concerto for Guitar with Nicola Hall on Fretworks

1:19PM
August
7, 2014

The next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7pm will feature British guitarist Nicola Hall as the soloist for an arrangement of Niccolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor in a recording made in 1992.

Music of Peace from Great Composers in the First World War

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Cortot Landscape 1870
3:08PM
August 6, 2014

It was called “The Great War,” then “The War to End All Wars,” and finally, “The First World War,” a dubious distinction considering what it implies about the future. But even in times of great destruction and turmoil and its aftermath, music has the power to supply much needed solace and beauty.

Kansas Farmer Plays Trombone, Messes with Cows

1:09PM
August
6, 2014

Farmer Derek Klingenberg plays his trombone till the cows come home.

ProMusica Cellist Wants to Demystify Classical Music

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Nathaniel Chaitkin and his musical friends
2:07PM
July
29, 2014

ProMusica Cellist Nathaniel Chaitkin says Bach and beatbox have more in common than you might imagine.

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Featured on Symphony @ 7

Herbert Von Karajan
Herbert Von Karajan
3:40PM
July
22, 2014

This week on Symphony @ 7, I’ll be featuring some notable recordings Herbert Von Karajan made with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Nora The Piano Cat ‘Catcerto’ Comes To The Concert Hall

2:55PM
July
15, 2014

Nora the Piano Cat embarks on a video tour.