Fifty years ago, composer Bruce Adolphe was given a walking, talking, flying birthday present: a green Panama parrot. The two have been together now for half a century. On the occasion of his 60th birthday, Bruce tells us about his friendship with a very special, musical bird. On this weekend's Performance Today, from APM.
Fifty years ago, composer Bruce Adolphe was given a walking, talking, flying birthday present: a green Panama parrot. The two have been together now for half a century. On the occasion of his 60th birthday, Bruce tells us about his friendship with a very special, musical bird on Friday's Performance Today, from APM.
Performance Today is taking a cross-country road trip for your ears. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, our broadcasts will highlight music and composers that are associated with a particular US destination.
Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats. Guess the great and the song. Then listen to a piece by the composer in question. The Piano Puzzler® with Bruce Adolphe is available for download and as a podcast.
On Saturday, May 16th, the Minnesota Orchestra closed out their whirlwind tour of Havana with performances of Bernstein and Prokofiev, along with emotional renditions of both the Cuban and American national anthems.
We've grown awfully fond of Bruce since he first joined us in 2002, and we know that you have, too. His 60th birthday is this week, so we've decided to throw him an on-air bash. Plus, we'll have an exclusive interview with one of his oldest friends - his 50-year-old pet parrot, Polly Rhythm.
This week on PT, tubist Coco Wieprecht joins Fred in the studio as our first-ever Young Artist in Residence born in the 21st Century. Wieprecht will discuss her budding musical career, and we'll hear her play a solo piece by Philadelphia-born composer, Vincent Persichetti.
Saturday, March 21, 2015, marks Bach's 330th birthday. Cellist Dale Henderson will spend that day just as he has since Bach's 225th birthday: in a New York City subway station playing Bach's music. Henderson joins Fred Child to discuss his Bach in the Subways Project.
In his latest CD, pianist Kirill Gerstein plays Tchaikovsky's familiar Piano Concerto No. 1 in an unfamiliar way. Listen to his discussion with Fred to learn more about his inspiration for this project.
One of the most popular choral works ever written premiered 100 years ago in Moscow. To commemorate this historic event, the Kansas City Chorale and the Phoenix Chorale have released a new recording of the All-Night Vigil. Music Director Charles Bruffy and Russian choral music expert Vladimir Morosan talk with Fred Child about the importance of this music.