Music, naturally, can be beautiful -- but it can also be practical. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth perform a variety of virtuosic music, as well as a serene melody based on the traditional Norwegian cow call.
In instrumentation, the Turtle Island Quartet looks like a typical string quartet: two violins, viola and cello. But in terms of sound, this group is anything but typical. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll go to Seattle to hear The Turtle Island Quartet playing "Alex in A Major," a new piece by their founding violinist, David Balakrishnan.
And they're off! For the next 10 days, Fred Child is in Central Europe leading some PT listeners in A River Rhapsody on the Danube. Want to join them? Come follow along and experience the Danube tour from the comfort of your home. The site will be updated as the tour progresses, so don't forget to check back often!
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.
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.
In 1815, a group of Bostonians came together to form an ambitious music ensemble; they called themselves the Handel and Haydn Society. Nowadays, H+H has the distinction of being the oldest continuously performing music ensemble in the United States. Artistic Director Harry Christophers joins us to discuss the ensemble's history, their bicentennial celebration plans, and more.
We toured Charleston's famous Historic Dock Street Theatre with Managing Director Christopher Parham, who spoke with us about the history of the space, its ghostly inhabitants, and the building's recent renovations.