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.
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.
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.
Every year, talented young Black and Latino classical string players compete in the Sphinx Competition. The 2015 winner is violinist Eduardo Rios, a 19 year-old student at the Colburn School. He's originally from Lima, Peru.