On Tuesday's Performance Today, 20-year-old violinist Simone Porter joins us to perform a piece which she describes as a journey through the five stages of grief: Ernest Bloch's Nigun.
The Trumpet Society of Paris once asked Camille Saint-Saens to write a special piece for them featuring trumpet and small ensemble. Saint-Saens declined; he thought that the trumpet would overpower the group. But a year later, he reconsidered. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear the resulting piece: Saint-Saens' Septet with trumpet.
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From a young age, Sam Shepherd has rejected the idea of neat, tidy musical categories. He studied classical piano growing up, but felt confined by what he calls the "dots on a page." It wasn't until he heard a performer really making a classical piece his own, breaking out of strictly classical feel, that he was hooked. Now, Shepherd writes music under the alias "Floating Points."
Craig Hella Johnson for years thought about how to respond to the brutal death of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Music helped him cope with the event and that's when he realized this was a Passion story, like the ones composed by Bach, Mendelssohn and Penderecki. Eighteen years later, the vocal ensemble Conspirare brings this music to life.
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